Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
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Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park encompasses Lawn Hill Gorge and the Riversleigh World Heritage Site, part of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte) World Heritage Area. The emerald waters and lush vegetation of Lawn Hill Gorge form a beautiful oasis in the outback, attracting abundant wildlife and offering exceptional views, walks, canoeing and cultural sites. The Riversleigh fossil deposits are among the richest and most extensive in the world, with some fossils dating back 25 million years. These fossils have been superbly preserved in limestone outcrops.
Camp beside the creek and canoe its cool reaches. Purple-crowned fairy-wrens and crimson finches may be seen along the creek edge, and freshwater crocodiles, fish and turtles in the watery depths. Enjoy one of the many walks that vary in length, difficulty and landscape. Marvel at the quality of the world heritage fossils at Riversleigh.
Keep to the walking tracks at all times and stay clear of freshwater crocodiles. Do not drink water from the creek, the high levels of calcium carbonate can make you very thirsty.
The paths around the camping area, some camp sites and the amenities block are accessible to wheelchairs.
How To Get There:
By road, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is 207 kilometres from the Barkly Highway (via Riversleigh). Only the first 57 kilometres of this route is sealed. Access is unsuitable for conventional vehicles and caravans. The park can also be reached via Gregory Downs. The entire 100 kilometres from Gregory Downs is unsealed. Although a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, this is the only route suitable for conventional vehicles and off-road caravans. Access from the north is via various unsealed routes through Hell's Gate or Doomadgee.
The unsealed sections of road can be rough, with patches of bulldust and corrugations. Sections of the roads can also be impassable for extended periods after rain. Always check road conditions before travelling to the area. Unsealed roads in the area make access unpredictable. It is strongly recommended that visitors take precautionary steps by being well-equipped and self-sufficient, as there is limited communication and no mobile phone reception. During the wet season (October-April) it is recommended that visitors travel by four-wheel-drive and carry an over-supply of food in case of becoming stranded. The wet season can bring dramatic rises in creek levels within a short time and with little warning, cutting off road access. Visitors may find themselves stranded for a number of days.
There is an airstrip at Adels Grove, 10 kilometres from Lawn Hill Gorge. Contact Adels Grove for details and permission to land.
Camping fees apply.
Two seasons occur in north-west Queensland, the 'wet' and the 'dry'. During the dry season (May to September) the sky is generally clear and the humidity is low. The wet season (October to April) brings heavy rain and high humidity. January is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 147 millimetres. Temperatures in July range from an average minimum of 12 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius. Nights can be cool with temperatures occasionally falling to single figures overnight. During the wet season the temperature can range from 25-45 degrees Celsius.
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