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

Relax in the shade of large fig trees. Photo credit: © Fiona O'Grady

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

Middle Gorge day-use area

Unpack your picnic, paddle a canoe, set out on a walk or sit back and watch the wildlife at this pleasant day-use area.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Attraction facilities

  • Picnic tables
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)

Relax in the shade of large fig trees and enjoy a picnic beside the water's edge.

Launch a canoe and paddle the Lawn Hill canoe trail or refresh with a swim. Look for bony bream, long toms, sooty grunters and archerfish as well as northern snapping turtles and Worrell's short-necked turtles among the plants lining the creek.

Watch waterbirds such as great egrets, Australian darters, cormorants and black bitterns from the creek banks.

Delve a little deeper into the gorge. The eastern walks —Cascades, Island Stack, Wild Dog Dreaming and Constance Range tracks—start from here.

From the Lawn Hill Gorge visitor centre follow the Rainbow Serpent track to this scenic spot.

Getting there and getting around

The Middle Gorge day-use area is in Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park in remote north-west Queensland, close to the Northern Territory border, 270km north-west of Mount Isa.

  • Middle Gorge day-use area can be accessed from the day-use car park in the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park.
  • From the car park, walk to the Lawn Hill Gorge visitor centre and follow the Rainbow Serpent track for 100m past the information display to the day-use area.

More details are available on Visiting safely.

Wheelchair access

  • The day-use area is wheelchair accessible via the Rainbow Serpent track.
  • There is a wheelchair-accessible picnic table and limited wheelchair access (with assistance) to the water's edge at the creek.

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided here, but you can collect water (treat before use) from the taps at the Lawn Hill Gorge visitor centre and Lawn Hill Gorge camping area.
  • Don't drink water straight from Lawn Hill Creek as it can make you very thirsty because of the high levels of calcium carbonate. Please do not waste water.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Middle Gorge day-use area is open 24 hours a day

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Lawn Hill Gorge safely.