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 and 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
2.6km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 2hrs walking time.
Grade 4 walking track

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 visitor centre, 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.

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

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.