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

Admire the beautiful, subtle colours of the outback from the elevated Island Stack. Photo credit: Mark Nemeth ©\; Queensland Government

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

Island Stack

Experience beautiful panoramas and excellent birdwatching on this steep but rewarding walk to a vantage point in the Middle Gorge.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
4km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 2hrs walking time.
Grade
Difficult (walk)
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Walking

Stretch your legs on a steep climb up the prominent sandstone 'stack' and circle the 'tabletop' of the stack to the capture breath-taking panoramic views from every angle.

Walk in the early morning to watch the sun rise over the island stack, or in the late afternoon as the sun sets and moon rises—witness the orange glow of sandstone walls in the gorge as the light changes. Look for the rare purple-crowned fairy-wren among the creek-side pandanus and, from the top of the stack, watch kites and eagles soaring.

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

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The Island Stack 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, follow the Rainbow Serpent track for 100m to the Middle Gorge day-use area.
  • Turn right and walk east following the signs, then cross the floating bridge and continue along the track you reach the trail head for the Island Stack track.
  • The 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 office 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

Island Stack 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.