Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is one of Queensland's most scenic national parks. Situated within the remote north-west highlands of Queensland, the park features spectacular gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. Lawn Hill Gorge is formed by Lawn Hill Creek, which is fed by numerous freshwater springs from the limestone plateau to the west. The magnitude of the sandstone cliffs lining the gorge, its emerald waters and lush vegetation make it a visual splendour. Serving as an oasis, the spring water and surrounding vegetation attract an abundance of wildlife.
The Waanyi Aboriginal people have strong cultural ties with the park while pastoralists of European descent have more recent historical connections.
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park lies on ancient sandstone of the Constance Range, between the Barkly Tablelands to the south-west and the black soils of the Gulf Savanna Plains to the east.
Lawn Hill Creek and the Gregory and O'Shanassy rivers flow all year round, providing a stark contrast to the dry, parched landscape during the dry season.
By road, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is 207 km from the Barkly Highway (via Riversleigh). Only the first 57 km of this route is sealed. Access is unsuitable for conventional vehicles and caravans.
The park can also be reached via Gregory Downs. The entire 100 km 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.
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.
The camping area is on the bank of Lawn Hill Creek and has 20 sites, toilets and cold showers. Fires and generators are not permitted within the park. Visitors should be self-sufficient in food, camping supplies and vehicle spare parts.
The camping area is suitable for caravans, buses, motorhomes or camper trailers less than 12 m overall rig length. A maximum of six people per camp site is allowed.
Please make sure you book a camp site that meets your requirements. Camping permits are required and fees apply. Book your camp site online.
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.
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