The Camooweal Billabong is on the
Next morning we drove further to the southern end of the lagoon and around to the other side, where the track continued to join to
road to the
Just after crossing the
We had chosen this route rather than the longer route via Gregory on the advice of staff at Adel’s Grove camping ground that it was
in good condition, and to visit Riversleigh D, part of a site rich in fossils dated at around between 26 million years to current
times. Riversleigh D is the only part open to the public, and a short walk around a hill has rocks with fossils and rocks with
signage about them. Although relatively young fossils, those uncovered from the Riversleigh fossil area are the ancestors of
our modern Australian native fauna, with recognisable large birds, crocodiles, turtles and kangaroos and many more. Almost half
of the knowledge gained so far of Australian mammals over the past 30 million years has come from the discoveries at Riversleigh. Here the first discoveries were made in 1901 with recovery and further discoveries only commencing in 1962. We later learn more
about these fossils with a visit to the Paleontologist who was working within the Mount Isa Visitor Centre at the time. Together
with Naracoorte in
On reaching Riversleigh D, the information booth has been made to appear like a large rock and access from the car park is suitable for wheel chairs. The walk trail around the hill is a dirt path and involves some steps. Guided tours are conducted from Adel’s Grove.
The property now known as Adels Grove was originally gazetted in 1904 as a Miner’s Homestead Lease. In 1920 Albert de Lestang
took up the property as an experimental Botanical Garden; hence the name "Adel" arose from Albert's initials. By 1939 Albert
had planted over a thousand species of exotic and native plants, shrubs and trees, and supplied the Botanical Gardens of
the world with the seeds produced by his nursery. The Botanical Gardens in
Reaching the Adel’s Grove campground, we were met by swarms of the large locusts of the type we had met in the
Now a pleasant campground with both old and modern amenities blocks has unpowered sites (some in a generator area) in the Main Campground and shady camping in the Grove alongside Lawn Hill Creek where the botanical gardens used to be. The creek is suitable for swimming and kayaking and has a beach. Kayaks can be hired or you can use your own.
We also took a hired canoe along the middle gorge to
The gorge at the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is an easy ten kilometre drive from Adels Grove. We commenced by
Near the canoe launch and canoe hire area, the creek divides. This isolates the Island Stack. The main flow of the creek heads around it to the west, and to the east the watercourse, known as the Old Channels follows around the base of the Stack to join Lawn Hill Creek again.
Returning from the top of the island stack, we took the short walk to the Cascades where the Tufa formations make the scene look like a haunted forest. There was a pool where fish nibbled our toes to float in and cool down, with a submerged palm log to sit in the water and relax. Fish species included young barramundi, striped and spangled bream, archer fish, catfish. There were also mussel shells in the pool. I got some good ‘bites of barra’ on my toes. We spent quite some time in the water before we felt cooled enough to walk back to the car park.
Although the Island Stack walk is recommended for early morning only, we decided to brave this in the heat of the middle of the day. I would not recommend taking this walk at this time as it really was too hot. Following a very steep climb up 200 metres, a
1.7 kilometre loop follows around the perimeter of this exposed flat hilltop. We were carrying adequate drinking
water, but the heat was to much.
We were carrying adequate drinking water, but the heat was to much.
Another walk we did not take is to the