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

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

Things to do

    Revegetated areas offer some shade as well as seclusion from other campers. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Qld Government.

    Revegetated areas offer some shade as well as seclusion from other campers. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Qld Government.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    The camping area is on the bank of Lawn Hill Creek and has 20 sites, toilets and cold showers. Fires and generators are not permitted within the park. Visitors should be self-sufficient in food, camping supplies and vehicle spare parts. The camping area is suitable for caravans, buses, motorhomes or camper trailers less than 12m overall rig length. A maximum of six people per camp site is allowed. Please make sure you book a camp site that meets your requirements. Miyumba camping area is adjacent to the Gregory River, approximately 55km south-east of Lawn Hill Gorge camping area and 3.5km south of Riversleigh D Site. It is open March to October and has no facilities apart from a composting toilet. Bookings are essential.

    Camping permits are required and fees apply.

    • Find out more about camping at Lawn Hill Gorge.
    • Book your camp site online.
    • If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
    • Pre-paid booking is essential for March to October. For the rest of the year campers are encouraged to book online or by phone, however last minute bookings can be made, and camping fees can be paid, at Adels Grove prior to arriving at the park, subject to site availability and wet season closures. Camping permits are not available at the national park.

    Other accommodation

    Accommodation and camping is available at Adels Grove, 10km from Lawn Hill Gorge. For more information, see the tourism information links.

    Impressive views from the Island Stack. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Impressive views from the Island Stack. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Sunrise from the Constance Range. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Sunrise from the Constance Range. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Views from the Upper Gorge lookout. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Views from the Upper Gorge lookout. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Views from the Indarri Falls lookout. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Views from the Indarri Falls lookout. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Canoe the shimmering waters of Lawn Hill Gorge, Queensland. Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

    Canoe the shimmering waters of Lawn Hill Gorge, Queensland. Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

    Walking

    Walks in the gorge are divided into Eastern and Western tracks and are of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. Note: numbers relate to map reference.

    Map

    The five Eastern walking tracks all start near the canoe hire.

    1 Island Stack (Grade: difficult (steep ascent and descent))

    Distance: 4km return

    Time: allow 2hrs walking time

    Best time: early morning or late afternoon

    Details: An easy stroll through creek side vegetation leads to a steep climb up the stack, which adjoins a 1.7km walk around the 'table top' for impressive panoramic views. The Waanyi people ask that you respect their culture by not taking photos overlooking the Wild Dog Dreaming site.

    2 Cascades (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 2km return

    Time: allow 1hr walking time

    Best time: any time

    Details: This easy walk leads through creek vegetation along the start of the Island Stack track and then continues on to the Cascades where you can view fascinating tufa formations.

    3 Wild Dog Dreaming (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 4.5km return

    Time: allow 1.5hrs walking time

    Best time: mid- afternoon

    Details: A partly-shaded walking track leads to this important cultural place with ancient rock art and stone engravings. The Waanyi people ask that you respect their culture by not taking photographs at this site. The track continues into the lower gorge where freshwater crocodiles are often spotted basking in the sun. This is a pleasant walk, even in the mid-afternoon.

    4 Duwadarri lookout (Grade: moderate)

    Distance: 600m return

    Time: allow 30mins walking time

    Best time: early morning or late afternoon

    Details: This short, strenuous walk takes you up the steep ridge behind the camping area, to a lookout with views over the gorge. You can continue onto Indarri Falls or retrace your steps down the ridge and return along the creek.

    5 Constance Range (Grade: moderate)

    Distance: 4km return

    Time: allow 3hrs walking time

    Best time: sunset or sunrise

    Details: This walk leads away from the creek and onto the hilltops of the Constance Range for spectacular, panoramic views surrounding the range and beyond. If walking in the evening remember to take a torch.

    The two Western walking tracks start from the trail head at the western end of the camping area, or from the track along Lawn Hill Creek.

    6 Indarri Falls (Grade: moderate (steep descent))

    Distance: 3.8km return

    Time: allow 1.5hrs walking time

    Best time: morning

    Details: This loop walk takes you to the falls and returns via the hill tops and gorge rim. It is a moderate walk, with a steep descent, if walked in a clockwise direction. At the falls, refresh in the cool water and watch purple-crowned fairy-wrens and crimson finches in the creek-side vegetation.

    7 Upper Gorge (Grade: difficult)

    Distance: 7km return

    Time: allow 3.5hrs walking time

    Best time: early morning

    Details: Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the upper gorge and then stroll back along the creek edge to encounter a diversity of plant and animal life. This loop walk is recommended for experienced bushwalkers.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Picnic tables, toilets and cold showers are provided in the camping area. Visitors are encouraged to place recyclables in the containers near the amenities block and take the rest of their rubbish with them when they leave the park.

    Canoeing

    Canoeing on the still waters of Lawn Hill Creek is an ideal way to explore the middle and upper gorges. Canoeing is not permitted in the Cascades as it poses a threat to tufa formations, or in the Lower Gorge.

    Canoe hire
    Canoes can be hired on an hourly basis from the canoe hire area at the eastern end of the camping area. Private canoes are also welcome. To ensure that the waterways are kept unspoiled, motorised vessels are not permitted.

    Indarri Falls

    Distance: 3km return

    Time: allow 1hr paddling time

    Details: From the canoe hire landing, paddle upstream to the spectacular orange sandstone walls of the Middle Gorge and continue to Indarri Falls. A landing is provided here so you can have a rest and a swim before returning. Please do not climb on the waterfalls.

    Upper Gorge

    Distance: 6km return

    Time: allow 3hrs paddling time

    Details: From Indarri Falls, use the portage track to carry your canoe around the falls to continue upstream. Do not climb on the fallsyou can destroy years of natural tufa deposits. Paddle a further 1.3km to reach the Upper Gorge. It is not possible to canoe much further than the Upper Gorge lookout as the creek dwindles into a series of channels and rapids, thick with pandanus. Return the way you came.

    Fishing

    Fishing is not permitted in Lawn Hill Creek. Bag and size limits apply for other rivers and creeks. Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland.

    Viewing wildlife

    The gorge is an oasis for wildlife. Birdwatching is always rewarding and the camping area is a great place to see animals. The sandstone and limestone gorges and ranges, along with the permanent waters of Lawn Hill Creek, support a variety of habitats and a range of plants and animals. The area is not only a home for resident animals but also an important corridor for wildlife movement, particularly migrating birds.

    See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about Boodjamulla's diverse wildlife.