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

Explore the clear pools, pandanus palms and ancient geology of the Cascades track. Photo credit: Mark Nemeth © Queensland Government

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

Cascades track

Watch mesmerised as creek waters cascade over intricate tufa formations in Lawn Hill Creek and enjoy birdwatching along the way.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
2km 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)
Where
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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.

One of the park's eastern walks, this track can be accessed from the Middle Gorge day-use area by crossing the floating bridge.

Getting there and getting around

The Cascades track 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 Cascades track 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 ranger office 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 Cascades track.
  • Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park can be accessed from the south via Mount Isa or Camooweal; from the east via Gregory Downs or from the north.

From the south

  • From Mount Isa drive 118km north-west on the Barkly Highway; or, from Camooweal drive 71km east on the Barkly Highway to the Gregory–Burketown sign.
  • Turn right at the Gregory–Burketown sign, and drive 56km north-east on the Thorntonia–Yelvertoft Road.to the Gregory Downs–Camooweal Road (from here the roads are unsealed).
  • Turn right and drive 61km north on the Gregory Downs–Camooweal Road then turn left onto Riversleigh Road and drive 35km north-west to the Riversleigh section of the park at Miyumba camping area, and a further 4km to the Riversleigh fossil trail.
  • Continue travelling 41km north-west to a T-intersection, then turn left and drive 4km west the entrance to the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park.

Alternative route from Camooweal

  • Drive 2km east on the Barkly Highway then turn left onto the Gregory Downs–Camooweal Road and drive 151km north.
  • Turn left onto Riversleigh Road and drive 35km north-west to the Riversleigh section of the park at Miyumba camping areaand a further 4km to the Riversleigh fossil trail.
  • Continue travelling 41km north-west to a T-intersection, then turn left and drive 4km west to the entrance to the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park.

From Gregory Downs

  • Travel 72km west along Wills Developmental Road then turn south onto Riversleigh Road and drive 21km to the entrance to the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park.

From the north

  • Several 4WD routes on rough unsealed roads via Hell's Gate or Doomadgee lead to the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Drinking water

  • There is no drinking water along the track, but you can collect treated water from the taps at the Lawn Hill Gorge ranger officeand 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.