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

Keep a lookout for birdlife in the open woodland. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

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

Wild Dog Dreaming track

For a fascinating insight into Waanyi culture, follow a partly-shaded walking track, alongside Lawn Hill Creek, to this important cultural site.

Journey type
2.2km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1.5hrs walking time.
Grade 2 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Discover ancient rock engravings known as ‘peckings’, rock art in a rock shelter and remnants of long-ago meals in a large midden at this important cultural site.

As you explore the Wild Dog Dreaming site witness tangible evidence of past inhabitants and feel a strong sense of the connection between the Waanyi people and their land.

The Waanyi people ask that you respect their culture by not taking photographs at this site. Remember also not to touch the rock paintings or engravings.

This track can be accessed from the Middle Gorge day-use area by crossing the floating bridge. From Wild Dog Dreaming, you can walk a little further to the Lower Gorge lookout for pleasant views.

Getting there and getting around

The Wild Dog Dreaming 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 Wild Dog Dreaming 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 visitor centre, and then follow the Rainbow Serpent track for 100m to the Middle Gorge day-use area.
  • Turn right and follow the signs, cross the floating bridge, and continue walking until you to reach the trail head for Wild Dog Dreaming 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

Wild Dog Dreaming 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.