Lawn Hill Gorge camping area
Camp on the banks of Lawn Hill Creek, nestled in a lush gorge carved into the surrounding dry savannah landscape.
Set up your caravan, camper trailer or tent in this well-appointed camping area on the bank of Lawn Hill Creek. Delight in the oasis that is Lawn Hill Gorge—a lushly vegetated gorge and spring-fed creek in the midst of dry savanna landscape. Lawn Hill is very popular during peak season (April to October) so ensure you book well in advance.
Your days will be busy. Explore the gorge and surrounding landscapes on one of the park’s many walking tracks. Watch a spectacular variety of birds nesting and feeding around the vegetation fringing the creek. Glide your canoe through the still waters of the gorge or refresh with a swim in the creek. Falls asleep under the starry outback skies and wish you never had to leave.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
The Lawn Hill Gorge camping 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.
- The Lawn Hill Gorge camping area is in the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park. Continue through the car park and follow the signs into the camping area to your camp site.
- 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 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 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.
- Roads in this area are mostly unsealed and not suitable for 2WDs and caravans; the only route suitable for 2WDs and off-road caravans is via Gregory Downs, although we recommend 4WDs.
- Unsealed roads in the area make access unpredictable. Road surfaces can be rough, with patches of bulldust and corrugations; and sections of roads can also be impassable for extended periods after rain.
- Road access can be cut during the wet season (October–April) when creek levels rise dramatically within a short time and with little warning. You can become stranded for several days.
- Check the Burke Shire Council Road Report for up to date road conditions in the area.
Park next to your camp site; there is room for one vehicle per site. Note there are 14 caravan/camper trailer/campervan/motorhome sites and 6 tent sites.
Fuel and supplies
- Fuel and basic supplies are available from Adels Grove, 10km from Lawn Hill Gorge, and at Gregory Downs, 100km east of the park.
- The nearest major centres offering a full range of supplies and services are Burketown and Mount Isa.
The paths around the camping area and amenities block, and camp sites 1–17 are wheelchair-accessible. You may need assistance in over rough surfaces.
When to visit
Lawn Hill Gorge camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park has a tropical savannah climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. During the dry season (May–September) the sky is generally clear and humidity is low. Average temperatures in July range from 12–32°C. Nights can be cool with temperatures occasionally falling to single figures overnight. The wet season (October–April) brings heavy rain, high temperatures and high humidity. Average wet season temperatures can range from 30–45°C.
Permits and fees
- Camping permits are required and fees apply. Display the tag with your booking number at your camp site.
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Generally available. Telstra Next G coverage in the camping area. Check with your service provider for more information.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- Use a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
- You can collect treated water from the taps in the camping area. Avoid drinking water straight from Lawn Hill Creek—it can make you very thirsty because of the high levels of calcium carbonate.
- Rubbish bins are not provided. Take your rubbish with you when you leave the park.
- The nearest portable toilet dump point is at Adels Grove, 10km from the camping area.
- There are 14 caravan/camper trailer/campervan/motorhome sites and 6 tent sites.
- Always carry a torch at night as this is when many snakes are active.
- The use of generators is not permitted.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- Fishing is prohibited in Lawn Hill Creek.
- Due to high temperatures almost all year round, we recommend that you walk only early in the morning and late in the afternoon. It's best to start your walk before 10am or after 5pm (but make sure you leave enough time to finish the walk before it gets dark).
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- Wear sunscreen when canoeing, as the sun's reflection off the water can cause sunburn.
- Don't take your canoe to the Cascades as you may damage the tufa formations, or into the Lower Gorge.
- Motorised vessels are not permitted here.
- Be aware that freshwater crocodiles live in Lawn Hill Creek. They can become aggressive if disturbed and can cause injury. Do not approach or interfere with these animals and take care if swimming.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks..
- Carry a UHF radio (channels one and six are local repeaters) or satellite phone.
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.