How do you choose your next camping and 4x4ing destination! Time of year and time available are two big calls when deciding where to go next! Too hot; too cold; too far; too busy; too remote; too many selections for great places you want to see. A good rule of thumb is Winter for the Outback and Spring and Autumn for the Mountain regions. Hot Summers where else but the many beaches or lakes of Australia. So as Australia’s Winter is now fast approaching, here are some suggestions for camping in Queensland’s Outback! The Covid Kilometres are starting to open up, so let’s get inland for some adventure time.
Red sandstone cliffs and sparkling waterfalls with great swimming holes will greet you at Lawn Hill– Boodjamulla National Park, located some 300kms north of Mt Isa in Queensland’s Outback. Grab your hiking gear and take on one of the many local walks surrounding the gorge and be prepared to be impressed! Base your camper at the Lawn Hill Campgrounds or Adel’s Grove, and spend a week swimming, hiking, exploring, canoeing or finding fossils. Lawn Hill is a forest oasis, so-named ‘Boodjamulla’ meaning Rainbow Serpent Country, because of the windy, emerald water gorge as viewed from atop. Hire a canoe and explore to Middle Gorge, Indarri Falls or to the Upper Gorge on the perfect water course.
Riversleigh Fossil Fields are described as one of the four most important fossil deposits in the world, so make sure you have time to include visiting here during your Lawn Hill trip. The Fields were heritage listed in 1994 and contain limestone-preserved mammal fossil sites. Explore the Fossil Fields on your own, or book a guided tour from Adel’s Grove, which also has a restaurant, small store and fuel. You will not be disappointed to spend your much-needed camping break at Lawn Hill – Boodjamulla.