Brisbane to Lawn Hill

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 16:05
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Hi all I am seeking info on time from Bris to Lawn Hill and which way people have travelled


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Reply By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 16:19

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 16:19
Go to and click on "mapmaker".

They say nearly 26 hours.

They say go out through Wooloongabba; onto Cloncurry; Gregory Downs to Lawn Hill
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Reply By: old-plodder - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 16:47

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 16:47
A few years ago now since we did that trip.
Many different ways to go, depending how much time you have and how much of the local country you want to see.
We live south side of Brisy and wanted to go straight there, since we had done a few trips on the Matilda highway previously.

Straight up the bitumen, west to Morven, to Augathella, Barcaldine, Mt Isa, then left and north again. 2 choices via the Gregory river or via burke and wills road house.
We wanted to get there and not worry about the bits in between so stops were Augathella & Mt Isa. In to Lawn Hill the third day just after lunch. Both boys were travelling with us at the time so we didn't push it.
That any help?
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Follow Up By: sdc - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 19:28

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 19:28
Thanks old-plodder that's exactly the info I was looking for

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Follow Up By: old-plodder - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 09:56

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 09:56
Noticed one of the next posts mentions stopping at Winton between Augathella and Mt Isa. Our 2 boys are teenagers and reasonably travel hardened. Promise of getting into lawn hill the next day enabled us to do a long 2nd day. Have done 1000k plus in a day with them, like this 2nd day. Just have to be able to handle the sibling rivilary for the last few hours. You know, if bored annoy my brother for the fun of it.
If that 2nd long day is not your style, suggest stopping in Winton and having a half day for the 3rd day into the Isa. Gives you a half day to stock and double check you have everything you need, before pushing on to Lawn Hill.
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Reply By: Member - Meggs - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 20:24

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 20:24
SDC it would be bit easier if you told us a little bit more. Vehicle? towing? etc
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Reply By: Patrick - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 21:26

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 21:26
Just getting to Lawn Hill can be a great part of the enjoyment of trvavelling. Last Sept we drove the Matilda Highway and stopped at Roma, Charleville, Longreach, Cloncurry before heading further north. They are all amaizing places which should be views as they offer great local attractions and enjoyment.

Forget Burke & Wills as we found it lacking in most things except the ability to extract lots of $$$$ for any services offered. I'd would swing by Gregory Downs as it is a beautiful place and a great spot to take a break.

There is so much to do out there that the time will disappear far too quickly for your liking.

Happy trails,

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Reply By: glenmac - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 21:53

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 21:53

We have been to Lawn Hill a number of times now and each time taken a different route. Last time we headed out of Brisbane and stopped at Augathella for the night. From there onto Winton for the next night, followed by Mt Isa for the Third night. We spent a couple of days looking around Mt Isa and then onto Lawn Hill. To get there we headed west about 120 K's and then turned north. It is signposted and takes you through Riversleigh station and the fossil deposits. When at Lawn Hill there are 2 options for staying, the national park itself ( a little worn out due to numbers of visitor) or Adels Grove ( private camping ground). When comparing the NP a couple of years age to our first visit in 1989 the campsites were what was worn out.
Once we left lawn Hill we went out through Gregory Downs ( a beer at the pub is worth it) and on to Burke and Wills Roadhouse. From there you can head north or south depending on time.
I hope this was of some help and no matter which way you go it is worth the trip. One of the best places in Australia.

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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 23:48

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 23:48

Just another way to go if you are heading for Mt Isa, but ask at the cop shop in Mt Isa before you go that way, they were very helpful.
From Mt Isa head west to Camooweal and then about 44klms turn north along a track which will take you through Riversleigh to Adel's Grove/Lawn Hill. The track was being upgraded in 2002 and it's quite picturesque along the 3 river crossings to the fossil site. Look for the little Gnome at one of the river crossings, very cute. The road in 2002 was very rough but last year it was well graded FROM Adel's Grove to the Riverleigh's Fossil site. Allow about an 1 hour depending on your apertite for this sort of stuff for a look and see at Riversleigh, very interesting

Also below, it's a no go on the Gregory R now.
This is from a letter for info that I enquired about, maybe best to check.

Council’s policy is to close camping on the river bed of the river at Gregory. This will be in place from April this year.
Craig Turnour
Chief Executive Officer
Burke Shire Council
PO Box 90
Burketown QLD 4830
Telephone:(07) 4745 5100
Facsimile: (07) 4745 5181


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