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

Cool off beside the pandanus-lined, emerald waters. Photo credit: Mark Nemeth © Queensland Government

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

Botanical walk

Enjoy a short walk through a variety of vegetation communities and feel the forest change as you get closer to the creek. Interpretive information for this walk is still under development in consultation with the Waanyi First Nations People.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
1.6km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1hr walking time.
Grade
Easy (walk)

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Enjoy a cool respite on this shady walk and discover fascinating tufa (limestone) formations that have been shaped by creek waters over tens of thousands of years.

Listen for the raucous call of channel-billed cuckoos. Lawn Hill Gorge is one of the few places in Australia where these birds live year-round, attracted by the warm winters and bountiful supply of figs in the gorge. Also watch for finches and other birds drinking from the pools of water.

This track can be accessed from the Middle Gorge day-use area by crossing the floating bridge.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The Botanical Walk can be accessed from the 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 to the Middle Gorge day-use area.
  • Continue walking east, following the signs, cross the floating bridge, and walk along the track until you reach the trail head for the Botanical Walk.

More details are available on Visiting safely.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Drinking water

  • There is no drinking water along the track, 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

Cascades track 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 and Walk with care.