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

Follow the Rainbow Serpent to learn about Lawn Hill Gorge and what it means to the Aboriginal Traditional Owners, the Waanyi People. Photo credit: © Fiona O'Grady

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

Rainbow Serpent track

Follow Boodjamulla the Rainbow Serpent and learn the Creation story for Lawn Hill Gorge, as told by the Waanyi Aboriginal people.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
100m one way A path where the start point is different to the finish point
Time suggested
Allow 20mins walking time.
Grade
Easy (walk)
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Walking

Discover the Waanyi Creation story of how Boodjamulla the Rainbow Serpent created Lawn Hill Gorge.

Spend time in the interpretive shelter and find out more about how the gorge was formed, the plants and animals that live here and the special significance of the gorge for the Waanyi Aboriginal people. Gain fresh insight into how nature and culture are intertwined here.

This trail starts from the Lawn Hill Gorge Ranger office and ends at the Middle Gorge day-use area, where you can picnic, hire a canoe or head off on other walking tracks. You can also take a refreshing dip in Lawn Hill Creek, so don't forget your bathers.

Getting there and getting around

The Rainbow Serpent 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 Rainbow Serpent track 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 ranger office. The track starts on the other side of the office.
  • This track leads to an information shelter and finishes at Middle Gorge day-use area on Lawn Hill Creek, near the canoe hire.
  • 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

The Rainbow Serpent track and the Lawn Hill Gorge ranger office (including toilets) are wheelchair-accessible.

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

Rainbow Serpent 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.