Boodjamulla National Park

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Boodjamulla National Park, formerly known as Lawn Hill National Park, is a national park in the Gulf Country region of northwestern Queensland, Australia. The park is 340 km (211 miles) northwest of Mount Isa or 1,837 km (1,141 miles) northwest of Brisbane.

The main attractions in the park are the sandstone ranges with deep gorges and a limestone plateau with significant fossil fields. Other attractions include crystal-clear green waters, lush vegetation and canoeing. Surrounding the park are numerous resources reserves, set aside for future mineral exploration and mining if deposits are found.

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Features

The park contains several permanent creeks, waterholes, gorges, and sandstone ranges. Boodjamulla's ancient sandstones and limestones have been gradually stripped away over millions of years leaving behind rugged escarpments, gorges, and rock outcrops. There are four main habitats contained with the park: riverine, alluvial flats, rocky hills, and clay plains.[1]

Lawn Hill Gorge, the primary attraction in the park, cuts through the sandstone plateau of the Constance Range,[2] on the eastern extremity of the Barkly Tableland.[3] The gorge has been carved out by Lawn Hill Creek, which flows all year and is fed by numerous freshwater springs from the limestone plateau to the west. The gorge is a rich oasis with cabbage palms and other tropical vegetation.

Also located in the park are the Gregory River and O'Shanassy Rivers which flow all year round.[4] The park contains 20 km of walking tracks.[3]

Fauna

Freshwater crocodiles can be found in the gorge; however, they pose little threat because they prefer to stay away from humans.[2] They may become aggressive if disturbed when mating or protecting their young.[3] The park is home to more than 140 bird species,[3] including the Great Bowerbird, Red-collared Lorikeet, Crimson Finch, Zebra Finch, Kestrel, Spinifex Pigeon, Barking Owl, Brolga, Budgerigars, and the Wedge-tailed Eagle. The rare Purple-crowned Fairy-wren is the park emblem.[4]

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