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

Discover ancient rock art and stone engravings on the Wild Dog Dreaming track. Photo credit: ©\; Chris Whitelaw

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

Wild Dog Dreaming track

Gaze into the unimaginable past when you encounter ancient engravings and rock art at this important cultural site.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
4.5km 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
Easy (walk)
Where
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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.

Witness tangible evidence of past inhabitants and feel a strong sense of the connection between the Waanyi Aboriginal 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.

One of the park's eastern walks, 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 ranger office, 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.
  • 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

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.