July 31 Lawn Hill National Park, also known as Boodjamulla, is approx 100 kms west of Gregory Downs over dirt roads. It 340 km northwest of Mount Isa or 1,837 km northwest of Brisbane.
The main attractions in the park are the sandstone ranges with deep gorges and a limestone plateau with significant fossil fields. Other attractions include crystal-clear green waters, lush vegetation and canoeing.
The park contains several permanent creeks, waterholes, gorges, and sandstone ranges. Boodjamulla’s ancient sandstones and limestones have been gradually stripped away over millions of years leaving behind rugged escarpments, gorges, and rock outcrops.
Lawn Hill Gorge, the primary attraction in the park, cuts through the sandstone plateau of the Constance Range, on the eastern extremity of the Barkly Tableland. The gorge has been carved out by Lawn Hill Creek, which flows all year and is fed by numerous freshwater springs from the limestone plateau to the west. The gorge is a rich oasis with cabbage palms and other tropical vegetation.
We take in some of the walks in the park and enjoy a canoe trip up the gorge with a refreshing swim at the cascades. We assumed the fresh water croc was plastic !!