Lawn Hill National Park (Boodjamulla) is located 213km southwest of Burketown via Gregory Downs and 317km northwest of Mount Isa. Alternative routes off Savannah Way are via Kingfisher Camp and Domadgee. All access tracks are suited to four-wheel drive vehicles only due to corrugation, bulldust and numerous creek crossings. During and after heavy rain periods the access roads are likely to be closed due to road conditions and impassable creek crossings. The best time to visit the park is during the dry season (May to September), weather pending.
The park boasts some magnificent waterfalls, stunning views and picturesque walks around the Lawn Hill Gorge. Canoeing the centre of the gorge is also an option and the perfect way to appreciate its beauty. Canoes are available for hire at the gorge. The entire gorge is 6km return by canoe.
is a must see. A 3.8km loop walk finds you climbing up the escarpment for fabulous views over the gorge from various lookout points.
Further along are the magnificent falls which can be enjoyed from above and then the walk descends down to a platform by the creek. The 1-2 metre falls are surrounded by green vegetation, predominantly palms and pandanus and the colourful scenery is stunning. This walk is blessed with some gorgeous wildflowers and is a very pleasant experience. Note you can access the walk in two directions, clockwise is easier and leads to the bottom of the falls if you’re afraid of heights or unfit to climb steep gradients.
Cascades trail is an easy 2km walk along the creek bed under a shady forest canopy. The flowing rapids and inviting pools are a lovely place to relax and swim in the refreshing water.
Island Stack is a steep 200 metre climb up to a scenic lookout providing views of the Lawn Hill Gorge and surrounding bushland. The full 4km walk explores the tabletop area further and offers more panoramic views.
Wild Dog Dreaming
is an easy 1.5km walk exploring sacred aboriginal art sites. The scenery at the base of the Island Stack is picturesque and the walk is interesting. No photos are permitted at the art sites as requested by the traditional owners. The track branches off to the lower gorge which offers some great views.
A camp ground with good toilet and shower facilities is located at the gorge however spaces are limited. Alternative camping is available at Adels Grove which is 10km from the gorge. The Grove is a fabulous and very popular camp ground under a canopy of palm trees by the creek. The almost totally shaded unpowered area is enormous, the amenities are excellent and pets are permitted. Fuel, ice and minor items are available at reception. This is a great place to base your camp and explore Lawn Hill National Park at your leisure.
One of the highlights of our visit, apart from the stunning scenery, was encountering an enormous Olive Python
crossing our walking track. Harmless to humans unless provoked, we stood by and watched in awe as this amazing creature slithered past. Nature at its best.
Lawn Hill National Park is an oasis in the outback. Stunning scenery, fabulous walks, striking wildflowers and excellent camping facilities make this one to add in the outback Queensland itinerary.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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