Introducing Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
A series of deep flame-red sandstone gorges, fed by spring water and lined with palms, provides a haven for wildlife at this outback oasis. The Waanyi Aboriginal people have inhabited the area for some 30,000 years, and paintings abound. Book ahead for all accommodation.
In the southern part of the park is the World Heritage–listed Riversleigh fossil field, with a small campground. The fossils include everything from giant snakes and carnivorous kangaroos to pocket-sized koalas.
Some 20km of walking tracks fan out around Lawn Hill Gorge, while the emerald-green waters are idyllic for a swim or a paddle in a canoe with the red cliffs towering above.
The main hub is Adel’s Grove, 10km east of the park entrance. It’s a mini-resort with an on-site bar and restaurant. Fuel, food packs and basic groceries are available, as well as fascinating Riversleigh fossil field tours ($75 for a half-day tour), and canoe hire (from $20 per hour).