Lawn Hill National Park

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Heading to Lawn Hill National Park next year looking for recommendations for best time of year, thinking July, but any comments or thoughts would be great.
Thanks Leanne
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 21:48

Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 21:48
Hi Leanne

That would be a great of the year there, with temperatures in the low 30's.

Not sure where you intend to say, but can highly recommend Adels Grove.

Just give yourself as much time as you can, and as a bare minimum would say at least 4 days to take it all in, longer would be even better.

Lawn Hill would have to one place that everyone raves over and no negative comments, it is just fantastic.


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Follow Up By: goldlink - Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 19:02

Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 19:02
Hi Stephen
Thanks for your reply, sounds like a wonderful place. My hubby is worried that if we head that way in July it will be school holidays and too busy to enjoy the serenity and possibly roads very corrugated from traffic. Thoughts on going earlier or is this possibly too close to the end of the wet season. Also as you are from Sth Aus what route did you take and what vehicle were you driving and what were you towing if anything ???
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 19:19

Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 19:19
Hi Leanne

If you can try to be there outside of school holidays, but either way you will have a great time. If you are concerned about corrugations, go via Cloncurry and Gregory Downs and you will have only about 40 kilometres of good dirt roads.

Yes we were towing, an Ultimate camper and went up via the Birdsville Track, Boulia, Winton, Cloncurry and then straight through to Adels Grove. We went in June and day temperatures were around 33 degrees and only dropped down to around 20 degrees overnight.

I know you will get many varied reports of where to stay, but there is fantastic swimming at Adels Grove, it is not dusty and to end a great day, sit around a great campfire, something that you can not have in the National Park.

The drive to the National park is only about 10 minutes and a good drive. If you would like to see what we thought of the place, have a look at the Blog that I did.


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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 at 21:47

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 at 21:47
agree with Stephen .
fantastic spot & would be busy in school holidays .
corrugations are just a state of mind !!! lol
if you want to use solar , down near the river will be difficult but there are few spots on the edge between heavy foliage & up top very open, where you can get a bit of shad & a bit more open for solar , but there not very big .
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Reply By: Member - Young Nomads - Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 22:27

Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 22:27
Hi there...
We were in that area in mid July....unseasonably hot..32deg and high humidity. Being southerners, it was a bit warm..but we did acclimatize ...eventually. after 2 weeks.
We did give Lawn Hill a miss this year though. It appears that making a booking is essential. I guess we didn't head that way, as we prefer less crowded areas and didn't want to be kept to a strict time table.
Hope you have a great trip next year.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 07:23

Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 07:23
We have been to Lawn Hill about decade ago and again this year, both times in July. Camping at the NP is on pretty open bare ground, small plots which gets hot in the middle of the day. Adels Grove is about 10km downstream, also on the same spring fed creek with the choice of highly shaded areas or open barren areas for those who need to charge their solar panels.
It gets dusty during peak times at Adels Grove and they employ a water truck to suppress the dust. Unless you were on a very tight budget, I struggle to see why you wouldn't stay at Adels Grove.
You can't do Lawn Hill justice in under 3 days, especially when you throw in the nearby Riverleigh Fossil Fields. Make sure you canoe up the gorges and remember early July it will be more popular with school holidays
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Reply By: outback epicurean - Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 08:59

Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 08:59
Lawn Hill is a wonderful spot. We were there in August last year,it was up to 40 but a long swim in the gorge solved that problem. IMHO the camping at the park is better than Adels Grove, better swimming, better walks, no driving to get to places, less dust, no engines or generators running. You can always drive to AG if you want a night out. Remember to take some sort of flotation device as there is nowhere you can touch the bottom and staying afloat for hrs is hard work. Wine casks work well but we carry pool noodles. You must book!!
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Reply By: wendys - Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 19:44

Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 19:44
July is the busiest month at Lawn Hill.
Depending on the year, it can be starting to hot up towards the end of July, too.
Lawn Hill Creek and Gregory River flow all year round (spring fed),so that is not an issue, but if you want to see the surrounding country looking better, I'd be suggesting May as a good time - unless the Wet goes abnormally late.
We have worked a few seasons at Adels, so have been there from March to September.
The most reliable route is from Cloncurry to Burke & Wills, Gregory Downs etc. Mt Isa people take conventional cars that way and, of course, I've seen heaps of "on-road" caravans and motorhomes go via that route. It is quicker to go from Isa, west towards Camooweal, then north on the Thorntonia road - sealed to its junction with the Gregory/Camooweal road. Then north via Riversleigh to Lawn Hill. The Gregory ford will always be flowing, but the O'Shaughnessy dries up. So once that is passable, that is an alternative.
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Reply By: goldlink - Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 at 20:23

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 at 20:23
Thank you to everyone for your help and comments, looking forward to our trip next year :)
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Reply By: Bailey S - Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 at 00:51

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 at 00:51
As per my point of view best time to visit Lawn Hill National Park is July to early October because at this time weather is warm and at night it will be cooler atmosphere. For Camping purpose you can take the services of Australia Wide Annexes which will help you throughout your trip
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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 at 11:19

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 at 11:19
Beginning August was good not too busy in Adeles Grove. But I think more pleasant to camp at National Park, Its dusty in Adeles Grove and using solar panels a bit difficult too much shade ,But I got told if you use the generator camp ground you will get the sun. But the lady that served us at A.G. wasn't that helpful! Make sure you do walk up the small hill near entry to A.G.with the termite mounds , I did it with my 5 year old son at sunset it was amazing ...
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