A few fossils and a spectacular gorge
19.07.2012 - 21.07.2012 23 °C
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park has two parts that we planned to explore. We first stopped at the Riversleigh Fossil D Site after travelling more than 300 km from Mt Isa, mainly on reasonably well maintained unsealed road and 4WD tracks. Riversleigh is a World Heritage listed site and the expectations were high but for us it was a big disappointment. There is an information shelter and a 800 meter walking trail that only has three fossils identified, a turtle bone, a freshwater crocodile bone and a giant flightless bird bone…….that’s it! Apparently paleontologists have found fossils of carnivorous kangaroos, ‘lion’ marsupials, giant crocodiles and many more, dating back 25 million years, but it must be at one of the other sites that are not open to the public. You can see many fossil fragments in the rocks that appear ancient but only the three mentioned above are identified. This might be a very significant site for paleontologists but certainly not worthwhile travelling 300 km to get to for a visit.
50 km north of Riversleigh is Lawn Hill Gorge and we camped at Adels Grove under a thick canopy of Ghost Eucalyptus and Carpentaria Palm trees on the banks of the Lawn Hill Creek. We liked the campsite and decided to stay for three days. One of the days we hiked about 8 km to the Upper Lawn Hill Gorge and enjoyed the spectacular views of the Gorge and Indarri Falls.
The gorge part of Lawn Hill National Park is certainly worthwhile visiting but I would not recommend the Riversleigh fossil site.
After Lawn Hill we travelled further north into the Gulf Country and will visit Burketown and Karumba on the Gulf of Caprentaria for three days each. Hopefully I can finally catch my big Barramundi here.