Freelance Writer living on the Gold Coast
Published September 19th 2019
See Palm Trees in the Outback
A remote area of Queensland (4.5 hour north-west of Mount Isa) and you find palm trees - plenty of them. Welcome to Lawn Hill (Boodjamulla) National Park.
Lawn Hill Gorge
The gorge winds its way through sandstone cliffs with palm trees fringing these dry plains. Hire a canoe at Adels Grove or take your own and spot freshwater crocodiles, turtles, fish, birds and the odd buffalo.
It gets dark out in the park once the sun goes down - there's no city lights out here to light up the night. Head to bed early to catch sunrise from the Island Stack, or walk the Constance Range to see the sun setting over the plains.
Getting There It might be a hike from Mount Isa but this is one national park that you need to visit. Make sure you stop in at the Riversleigh World Heritage Area and take the relatively quick Fossil Trail Walk. This is also a great place to see the colours of the sun setting in the outback.
With a ranger centre on site, Lawn Hill (Boodjamulla) National Park is a true outback experience perfect for an extended weekend or an off-road stopover when travelling the Barkly Highway. Just remember to pack enough food - there's no shops out here.