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

Middle Gorge day-use area

Unpack your picnic, hire a canoe, set out on a walk or sit back and watch the wildlife at this pleasant day-use area.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Attraction facilities

  • Picnic tables
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)

Relax in the shade of large fig trees and enjoy a picnic beside the water's edge.

Rent a canoe and paddle the Lawn Hill canoe trail or refresh with a swim. Look for bony bream, long toms, sooty grunters and archerfish as well as northern snapping turtles and Worrell's short-necked turtles among the plants lining the creek.

Watch waterbirds such as great egrets, Australian darters, cormorants and black bitterns from the creek banks.

Delve a little deeper into the gorge. The eastern walks —Cascades, Island Stack, Wild Dog Dreaming and Constance Rangetracks—start from here.

From the Lawn Hill Gorge ranger office follow the Rainbow Serpent track to this scenic spot.

Getting there and getting around

The Middle Gorge day-use area is in Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park in remote north-west Queensland, close to the Northern Territory border, 270km north-west of Mount Isa.

  • Middle Gorge day-use area 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 follow the Rainbow Serpent track for 100m past the information display to the day-use area.
  • The Lawn Hill Gorge section of 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

  • The day-use area is wheelchair accessible via the Rainbow Serpent track.
  • There is a wheelchair-accessible picnic table and limited wheelchair access (with assistance) to the water's edge at the creek.

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided here, 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

Middle Gorge day-use area is open 24 hours a day

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