An isolated patch of green on northwest Queensland’s rugged sandstone topography, Boodjamulla’s emerald, spring-fed oasis blazes a palm-fringed path towards the Gulf, cascading through ancient Rainbow Serpent country across parched spinifex plains.
This vast sanctuary protected as Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park has a long heritage as a wet-season hunting ground and pastoral lands, and today is even easier to reach thanks to extensive grading and partial sealing of the once-bumpy access route from the east.
Although off-road setups are still recommended, the northern route via the Wills Developmental Road to Adels Grove and onto the national park is in much better shape, and the legendary corrugations that once struck fear into the hearts of travellers are far less frightening.
If you’ve never made it to Queensland’s northwestern corner or if it’s been some years since you last visited, this destination is bound to surprise. Those waterfront national park camps are still a bargain at under $6 per person, leaving you plenty of cash to spend on canoe rental, a solar-powered boat cruise or dinner at nearby Adels Grove where unpowered campsites come with hot showers and the restaurant meals are hard to resist.
Throughout the national park, a network of excellent hiking trails leads to Indigenous rock art galleries and lookouts, and spa pools and swimming holes are within easy reach of campsites, stretched along the scenic banks of Lawn Hill Creek.
Exploring the Gorge
Regardless of where you set up camp, the daytime action at Boodjamulla takes place down on its amazing, spring-fed creek where everyone flocks to paddle canoes, hike to viewpoints and cool off beneath deliciously refreshing Indarri Falls.