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

Duwadarri lookout track

Soak up dramatic views over Middle Gorge and enjoy great birdwatching opportunities along the creek on this short but steep walk.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Walking

Hike up the steep ridge behind the camping area and gaze at striking views over the red sandstone walls and blue waters of Middle Gorge. Watch kites soaring above the lookout—they often nest along the gorge rim.

Retrace your steps down the ridge to return. Look for beautiful purple-crowned fairy-wrens among the pandanus lining the creek. An early morning or late afternoon walk will give you the best chance of spotting one.

One of the park's western walks, this short track can be accessed from the shady concrete path along the creek from the Middle Gorge day-use area. If you want a longer walk, from Duwadarri lookout, continue on the Indarri Falls track to Indarri Falls lookout and follow the circuit to return.

Getting there and getting around

The Duwadarri lookout 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 Duwadarri lookout track can be accessed from the car park or the camping area in the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park.
  • From the car park, walk to the Lawn Hill Gorge Ranger office and take the Rainbow Serpent track to the Middle Gorge day-use area, then turn left and follow the concrete path west along the creek bank to the start of the Duwadarri lookout track.
  • From the camping area, walk along the signed track towards the Indarri Falls trackfor 300m and then follow the signed track around to the west to the trail head for the Duwadarri lookout 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 office and 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

Duwadarri lookout 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 Walk with care.