Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park Outback Queensland | Tropical North Queensland

Lawn Hill Gorge is a beautiful oasis in the outback. Photo credit: © Tourism & Events Queensland

About Lawn Hill Gorge

    Park features

    Sunrise from the Constance Range.
    Sunrise from the Constance Range.

    Photo credit: Tamara Vallance

    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.

    Views from the Indarri Falls lookout.
    Views from the Indarri Falls lookout.

    Photo credit: Tamara Vallance

    Looking after the park

    • Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
    • Fossicking for fossils is illegal on the Riversleigh fossil trail. Penalties apply.
    • Fires are not permitted. Use a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
    • The use of generators is not permitted.
    • Fishing is prohibited in Lawn Hill Creek.
    • Do not feed the wildlife, including fish. It can affect their health and alter the natural population balance. Do not leave food or scraps around your camp site.
    • To protect the tufa formations, canoeing is not permitted in the Cascades or in the Lower Gorge.
    • To ensure that the waterways are kept unspoiled, motorised boats are not permitted in the park.
    • Limited rubbish facilities are provided at the camp ground. Please place recyclables in the containers near the amenities block and take the rest of your rubbish with you.
    • Domestic animals are prohibited in national parks as they can disturb and harm native wildlife.
    • All snakes are protected. Always carry a torch at night as this is when many snakes are active.
    • Protect water quality—minimise the use of repellents and sunscreen when swimming.
    • Be considerate of other campers and do not make undue noise or disturbance—this park allows campers and visitors to enjoy a remote and natural setting.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Lawn Hill Gorge was gazetted as national park in December 1984. Prior to this it was part of the neighbouring cattle grazing property, Lawn Hill Station. In March 1992, the park was extended to include Riversleigh World Heritage Site, which was part of the neighbouring Riversleigh Station.

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with the Waanyi Aboriginal people—the Traditional Owners of the area—aim to preserve Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park's unique beauty and values. Please help by following park guidelines and regulations.

    Tourism information links

    Adels Grove
    Phone: (07) 4748 5502

    Outback @ Isa Visitor Information Centre
    19 Marian Street, Mount Isa Qld 4825
    Phone: 1300 659 660 or (07) 4749 1555

    At the Creek Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre
    34 Burke Street, Julia Creek QLD 4823
    Phone: (07) 4745 7690

    TerrEstrial Visitor Centre
    Low Street, Georgetown QLD 4871
    Phone: (07) 4062 1485

    Croydon True Blue Visitor Information Centre
    Samwell Street, Croydon QLD 4871
    Phone: (07) 4748 7151

    Normanton Visitor Information Centre
    Cnr Landsborough and Caroline Street, Normanton QLD 4890
    Phone: (07) 4747 8444

    Karumba Visitor Information Centre
    Walker Street, Karumba QLD 4891
    Phone: (07) 4747 7522

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.