Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park Outback Queensland | Tropical North Queensland

Riversleigh D Site is a small limestone outcrop that rises above the surrounding plains. Photo: Mark Nemeth, NPSR.

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Miyumba camping area is a small area near the Gregory River, 4km south of Riversleigh D Site and approximately 55km south-east of Lawn Hill Gorge. Limited facilities are provided and campers need to be totally self-sufficient. Bring drinking water, a fuel stove for cooking and rubbish bags. Camping permits are required and fees apply. Camping permits are not available at the national park.

    Other accommodation

    Lawn Hill Gorge camping area in Boodjmaulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is 51km from Riversleigh D Site. Accommodation and camping is also available at Adels Grove, about 50km from Riversleigh. For more information, see the tourism information links.

    A rock face displays a cross-section through a fossil turtle shell.
    A rock face displays a cross-section through a fossil turtle shell.

    Photo credit: Henk Godthelp

    Commercial tour operators offer guided tours of Riversleigh D Site.
    Commercial tour operators offer guided tours of Riversleigh D Site.

    Photo credit: Mark Nemeth, Queensland Government

    Walking

    Riversleigh Fossil trail (Grade: easy–moderate)

    Distance: 800m return

    Time: allow 1 hour walking time

    Details: Immerse yourself in this ancient landscape as you wind your way to the top of the limestone outcrop of D Site. Experience the record of life following the separation of Australia from the early continent, Gondwana. See limb bones and gizzard stones of towering flightless birds and the remains of the largest known freshwater crocodile.

    The trail has many steps and is steep in places. There is little shelter along the way.

    Fossicking for fossils is illegal and penalties apply.

    Guided tours and talks

    The Riversleigh Fossil trail is a self-guided walk. Guided tours to Riversleigh D Site are provided by commercial tour operators. For more information, see the tourism information links.

    Fishing

    Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland.