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Diamantina National Park Outback Queensland

Visit the lookout for panoramic views and a rich array of outback colour. Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

Discover Diamantina’s spectacularly diverse and ancient landscape. Photo credit: © Fiona Leverington

Janets Leap lookout drive

Break up your drive to Winton with a visit to Janets Leap lookout, offering a bird’s-eye view over the braided channels of the Diamantina River.

Journey type
8km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1hr driving time.

Accessible by

  • 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural and constructed)
  • Scenic drive

Look out over Diamantina Gates, where the river channels constrict to pass through a narrow gap in the Goyder and Hamilton ranges.

Mount Mary (an island in the middle) and Moses Cone are the impressive landmarks named after the respected Karuwali tracker Budgeree (Moses) and his sister Mahibi (Mary-Anne).

Rumour has it that Janet’s Leap earned its name after Janet Holmes à Court transferred the property to Queensland National Parks. At the time, someone remarked that she might as well jump off the cliff as sell the place!

Well, Janet didn't jump, and this scenic site is now here for all to discover.

Getting there and getting around

Janets Leap lookout drive is in Diamantina National Park, 306km south-west of Winton.

The lookout is 7km north of the Ranger Base on the road to Winton.

For more details see getting there and getting around.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Janets Leap lookout drive is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts and local council offices for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Diamantina safely and Four-wheel drive with care.