Imagine driving down this dry, dusty, hot outback Queensland road and find a beautiful oasis. Emerald green water running through the beautiful red rocks, borded with the beautiful lush green surrounds makes LAWN HILL the perfect place to visit and Adels Grove campground the perfect place to cool off.

Dirt corrugation road to Lawn Hill

Lawn Hill is situated in the Boodjumulla National Park approximately 200km away from the Barkly Highway (Via Riversleigh).  You can fill your days with many of the amazing walks that start from the campground area. Make sure you start early on some of the larger walks as it can get very hot in the middle of the day. And just a short stroll from the camping area you can have a relaxing swim in the beautiful water.

Boodjamulla National Park (Lawn Hill)


The Lawn Hill Campground is a great camp area with approximately 20 designated sites (booking prior to arrival is recommended). Includes a large amenities block with showers/toilets and drinking water available (recommended to boil before drinking).

Boodjamulla National Park (Lawn Hill) Camp Site

Being a National Park you are not able to bring pets, have fires or fish. We found the campground to have great size sites however the was no shade available to help with the  heat. There is Telstra phone service available.

Walking path in the National Park
Indarri Falls Lawn Hill

Adels Grove campground

Adels Grove was a much welcome relief after driving for so long in the hot weather. Being able to camp in the shade and walk 10 meters to the swimming area was fantastic. We loved that we were able to have a campfire and get some washing done before we left. In the afternoon the deck was a buzz of chatter with all types of travellers sitting down for a cold drink and a meal.

The reception area has lots of different signs filled with information on the area. We really appreciated the information they gave us on the Riversleigh Fossil area and walks in the area. Unfortunately, we were too early in the season to enjoy any of the tours but we did get a little boat ride through the gorge. It was breathtaking and wish we were able to do the full tour.


Cruising through Lawn Hill Gorge

Adels Grove campground:

The Grove Camping area – is situated under the beautiful tree canopy this area is the perfect place to stay if your trying to find some shade. The camp area runs along the Lawn Hill Creek. The Grove camping areas do not have designated camping areas so it makes it easy for large groups to camp together. There are set fireplaces and only quick stroll to the swimming areas.

“The Grove” Camping area in Adels Grove
Our set up at Adels Grove campground

Top Campground – Has 60 designated camping areas with taps to most sites. This area allows you to have pets and the use of your generator. Adels Grove does not have any powered sites.

And don’t forget that they do have pre-erected tents, cabins and Bed & Breakfast accommodation options too.

Adels Grove has other great facilities as well:

  • Small shop to stock up on the essentials
  • Fuel
  • Workshop
  • Licensed Restuarant (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Take Away shop
  • Limited Telstra service
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Canoe Hire
  • Fishing

And much much more.

“The Beach” swimming area at Adels Grove

Riversleigh World Heritage Site

Riversleigh D Site is the only site open to the public. Approximately 55km from the Lawn Hill National Park, it makes for a great day trip or stops on the way to Adels Grove. The site holds many fossils found in the area. It’s only an 800m walk that runs in a loop and you can see all sorts of fossils from Turtles, Crocodiles and large birds. When you walking on the trail you get a great view of the whole area when you reach the top of the trail.

Riversleigh Fossil area. 
Large rock with accent fossil
Riversleigh Fossil
Art Work in the Riversleigh Information Cave


Personal Note from Us

We really enjoyed our stay in the Lawn Hill (Adels Grove) area. Lucky for us the road had just been graded so it was a relatively smooth trip. We were really happy that we decided to leave the van in Mount Isa and do a camping trip instead. Although the road was in great condition it had large rock, big dips and it would have made for a really slow trip with the van. The Riversleigh road does have a couple of water crossings however it was easily passable on our trip.

View looking over Boodjamulla National Park

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2 Replies to “Oasis in the Queensland Outback – Lawn Hill”

  1. I remember visiting here 30 years ago. Such a wonderful experience you’re giving your kids – I’m so thankful my parents took two extended trips during my childhood… ten weeks in only a four man tent and dads hilux back then!

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