Miyumba camping area
Relax in this peaceful remote camping area near the banks of Gregory River and enjoy brilliant birdwatching and wildlife spotting.
Set up your self-sufficient camp, whether its a tent, campervan or motorhome, and stroll to the river. The cool deep waterhole and small rapids on the Gregory River are too enticing to ignore.
Sit by the river's edge with binoculars in hand and watch the spectacular variety of birds darting down from the treetops to the water for a drink. Look among the treetops surrounding the waterhole to spot the whistling kite's nest.
When you tire of relaxing, drive to nearby Riversleigh D Site and explore the fascinating Riversleigh fossil trail.
Sleep under a star-studded sky and emerge with the dawn to watch wildlife venturing to the river’s edge for the start of a new day.
Getting there and getting around
The Miyumba 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 Miyumba camping area is in the Riversleigh section of the park. Follow the signs on Riversleigh Road.
- The Riversleigh 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.
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.
From Gregory Downs
- Travel 72km west along Wills Road then turn south onto Riversleigh Road and drive 21km to the entrance to the Lawn Hill Gorge section of the park.
- From Lawn Hill Gorge drive 45km south via Riversleigh Road to the Riversleigh section of the park and the Riversleigh fossil trail, and a further 4km to the Miyumba camping area.
From the north
- 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.
You can park your vehicle next to your camp site. There is also a general parking area.
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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Miyumba 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
None. 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.
- You can collect water from the water tank provided or the nearby Gregory River.
- Treat all water before use.
- Rubbish bins are not provided. Take your rubbish with you when you leave the park.
- The nearest dump point is at Adels Grove, 46km from the camping area.
- The use of generators is not permitted.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- Be aware that freshwater crocodiles live in the Gregory River. 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.