Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
Nestled in the parched plains of remote north-western Queensland is Boodjamulla
(Lawn Hill) National Park with its permanent creeks and waterholes. Spectacular
gorges, sandstone ranges and palm-fringed creeks make this one of Queensland’s
most scenic parks. Carved by Lawn Hill Creek, Lawn Hill Gorge is a rich oasis
with cabbage palms and lush tropical vegetation.
Exploring BoodjamullaPicnic in the gorge. Hire a canoe in the camping area and paddle around the gorge. Go birdwatching along the Indirri Falls loop track.
Enjoy the view from Island Stack, a steep climb best attempted early morning. See Aboriginal rock art at Wild Dog Dreaming and Rainbow Dreaming.
Go wildlife watching. See kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, lizards, red-winged parrots and purple-crowned fairy-wrens. Look for spitting archer fish, turtles and freshwater crocodiles in the creek.
Camp near Lawn Hill Creek. Bookings are essential. Toilets, cold showers, shared fireplaces and water are provided. Take a fuel stove for cooking. Be self-sufficient in fuel, food, camping equipment and vehicle spare parts. You may be stranded in wet weather. Camping is not allowed at Riversleigh but you can camp outside the park at Adels Grove.
Access to the World Heritage Area is restricted to Riversleigh’s D Site. Read about the fossils in the information shelter at Riversleigh then explore along a self-guided interpretive trail. Only toilets are provided. Commercial tours operate from Adels Grove.
Avoid visiting in the heat or wet season, October to March. Be prepared. Daytime temperatures can be very hot and nights can be freezing.
WalkingWear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen and carry drinking water when walking. Observe safety signs. Explore the park on these tracks:
Getting thereThe park base is 340km north-west of Mt Isa, 220km south-west of Burketown, or 425km north-west of Cloncurry. The Burketown route and the last 280km of the Mt Isa access route are unsealed and become impassable after rain. Four-wheel-drive is recommended. The Cloncurry route is best for towing vans and conventional access.
A light airstrip is located at Adels Grove, PMB2 Mt Isa (07) 4748 5502. Transport to the park can be arranged. Riversleigh is 51km from the gorge or 250km north-west of Mt Isa via Camooweal Road then a dirt road past Riversleigh Station. Fuel and some supplies are available at Adels Grove.
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