Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is one of Queensland's most scenic national parks. Situated within the remote north-west highlands of Queensland, the park features spectacular gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. Lawn Hill Gorge is formed by Lawn Hill Creek, which is fed by numerous freshwater springs from the limestone plateau to the west. The magnitude of the sandstone cliffs lining the gorge, its emerald waters and lush vegetation make it a visual splendour. Serving as an oasis, the spring water and surrounding vegetation attract an abundance of wildlife. The Waanyi Aboriginal people have strong cultural ties with the park while pastoralists of European descent have more recent historical connections. Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park lies on ancient sandstone of the Constance Range, between the Barkly Tablelands to the south-west and the black soils of the Gulf Savanna Plains to the east. Lawn Hill Creek and the Gregory and O'Shanassy rivers flow all year round, providing a stark contrast to the dry, parched landscape during the dry season.... more
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the upper gorge on foot or by canoe.
By foot, follow the track from the eastern end of the camping area into the gorge, and then stroll back along the creek edge to encounter a diversity of plant and animal life. This loop walk is recommended for experienced bushwalkers and should only be undertaken in the early morning. Keep to the walking track at all times. Stay clear of cliffs and steep rock faces and take care on uneven slippery track surfaces.
Upper Gorge track
Distance: 7 kilometres return.
Time: allow 3.5 hours walking time.
By canoe, Paddly upstream from the canoe hire landing to the spectacular orange sandstone walls of the Middle Gorge and continue to Indarri Falls. Use the portage track to carry your canoe around the falls to continue upstream. Do not climb on the falls—you can destroy years of natural tufa deposits. Paddle a further 1.3 kilometres to reach the Upper Gorge. It is not possible to canoe much further than the Upper Gorge lookout as the creek dwindles into a series of channels and rapids, thick with pandanus. Return the way you came.
Upper Gorge paddle
Distance: 6 kilometres return.
Time: allow 3 hours paddling time.
Carry plenty of drinking water to avoid dehydration. Drinking water straight from Lawn Hill Creek can make you very thirsty because of the high levels of calcium carbonate.... less
It is strongly advised that walkers set out in the early hours of the morning.
Always carry water, wear a hat and sturdy footwear. Wear sunscreen, particularly when in the gorge, as the sun's reflection off the water can burn skin rapidly.
Be croc wise. Freshwater crocodiles inhabit the park and are often seen in Lawn Hill Creek.
Walk between April and September to avoid wet and dry weather extremes.
The Upper Gorge track is not wheelchair accessible. The paths around the camping area and 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.
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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