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Visiting Lawn Hill Gorge safely
By road, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is 207km from the Barkly Highway (via Riversleigh). Only the first 57km of this route is sealed. Access is unsuitable for conventional vehicles and caravans.
The park can also be reached via Gregory Downs. The entire 100km from Gregory Downs is unsealed. Although a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, this is the only route suitable for conventional vehicles and off-road caravans.
Access from the north is via various unsealed routes through Hell’s Gate or Doomadgee.
The unsealed sections of road can be rough, with patches of bulldust and corrugations. Sections of the roads can also be impassable for extended periods after rain. Always check road conditions before travelling to the area.
Unsealed roads in the area make access unpredictable. It is strongly recommended that visitors take precautionary steps by being well-equipped and self-sufficient, as there is limited communication and no mobile phone reception. Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to find out about local road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for weather reports and forecasts.
During the wet season (October–April) it is recommended that visitors travel by four-wheel-drive and carry an over-supply of food in case of becoming stranded. The wet season can bring dramatic rises in creek levels within a short time and with little warning, cutting off road access. Visitors may find themselves stranded for a number of days.
There is an airstrip at Adels Grove, 10km from Lawn Hill Gorge. Contact Adels Grove for details and permission to land.
The paths around the campground and amenities block are accessible to wheelchairs.
- Wear sunscreen, particularly when walking and canoeing, as the sun’s reflection off the water can cause sunburn.
- Keep to the walking track at all times. Take note of safety signs, walking distances, return times and grades.
- Rest often in the shade as heat exhaustion can affect even the fit and experienced.
- Stay clear of cliffs and steep rock faces and take care on uneven slippery track surfaces, especially when wet.
- Carry plenty of drinking water to avoid dehydration. Drinking water straight from Lawn Hill Creek can make you very thirsty because of the high levels of calcium carbonate. Fill your bottles with treated water from any of the taps. Please do not waste water.
- Freshwater crocodiles live in the park and are often seen in Lawn Hill Creek. They can become aggressive if disturbed and can cause injury. Do not approach or interfere with these animals and take care if swimming.
- Mobile phone coverage is limited to Telstra Next G, which is available on Gregory Road from 10km east of the mine turnoff all the way past Adel’s Grove and up to the entrance grid at the park; and also for about 10km south along the Riversleigh Road. In the park, you can get a reliable signal at Duwadarri lookout and on top of the Constance Range. The nearest public telephone is at Adel’s Grove, 10km from the park.
- The natural tufa deposits which form Indarri Falls are very fragile. Scrambling over the falls destroys the tufa which has taken thousands of years to form. Please do not climb Indarri Falls.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
- ample fresh water and food in case of delays caused by bad weather, flat tyres or breakdowns
- a minimum of two spare tyres in good condition
- a UHF radio, if possible (channels one and six are local repeaters), or satellite phone.
Make sure someone knows your destination and route and never leave your vehicle if it breaks down.
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is open 24 hours a day.
Both camping areas within Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park require a camping permit and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. 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.
Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park.
Climate and weather
Two seasons occur in north-west Queensland, the 'wet' and the 'dry'. During the dry season (May to September) the sky is generally clear and the humidity is low. The wet season (October to April) brings heavy rain and high humidity. January is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 147mm.
Temperatures in July range from an average minimum of 12°C to a maximum of 28°C. Nights can be cool with temperatures occasionally falling to single figures overnight. During the wet season the temperature can range from 25–45°C.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and basic supplies are available at Adels Grove, 10km from Lawn Hill Gorge, and at Gregory Downs, 100km east of the park. The nearest major centres for a full range of supplies and services are Burketown and Mount Isa. For more information, see the tourism information links.