Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park: is a virtual oasis, with permanent creeks and watercourses, in the parched plains of remote northwestern Queensland. This beautiful Park features a spectacular gorge lined with Cabbage Palms, Pandanus and Paperbarks.
The open woodlands, surrounding the gorge, have an understorey of Spinifex grass that form bright green clumps. This gave the Park its European name because the hills appeared to be covered in lawn. Distance lends enchantment to the view because a close encounter with Spinifex soon reveals that this is Australia’s prickliest grass.
The Aboriginal name, Boodjamulla, means Rainbow Serpent Country and is a more apt name than the prosaic European name. The Aboriginal name comes from the Waanyi people who are the traditional owners. The gorge is sacred to these people who have lived here for at least 17,00 years. Waanyi people help in Park management.
Boodjamulla National Park has an area of 280,000 hectares. Riversleigh Fossil Site has been included in the Park and has an area of 10,00 hectares.
There are many well-graded bush walks in the Park. The Stacks Walk traverses a plateau where there are breath-taking views of the gorge and the creek fringed with Cabbage Palms. Eucalyptus aspera was a common species observed on the Stacks Walk.
The Cascades Walk follows a creek, fringed with Pandanus. This is the home of the rare Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.
Hired canoes may be paddled to traverse the calm waters of the Gorge. A leisurely paddle of four kilometres will bring you to Indari Falls, a popular swimming spot.
There is a basic camping area at the start of the walking track system. Adels Grove is a more convenient place to camp. This private camping area has showers, a shop and is about ten kilometres from the Park. Camping here takes pressure off the Park.
Boodjamulla National Park is situated 400 kilometres north west of Mount Isa and 200 kilometres south west of Burketown. The last 200 kilometres, from Mount Isa, is unsealed as is the entire distance from Burketown. These roads become impassable for extended periods after rain.