Mt Isa to Borroloola
Via Riversleigh Fossil Fields
and Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
If you need a starting
point to find some information about "The Isa", click here.
From this site you can find out a lot more about the Mt Isa City
Council, easily the largest, by area, in the world.
Leaving Mt Isa, past the impressive Hilton Mine, and travelling 117km west,
will bring you to the turnoff for the newly bitumenised Yelvertoft Road
(often called the Gregory shortcut road). I would appreciate hearing from
anyone who knows where this name came from.
The opening of Century Mine has resulted
in considerably improved access into the Riversleigh Lawn Hill
area. The road north from the turnoff is now a new sealed road for
58km to the main Burketown - Camooweal Road. Drive 60km further
north and its time to decide; 66km on to Gregory then west to Lawn
Hill and Riversleigh, or 32km northwest to Riversleigh.
Riversleigh Fossil Fields
This is a pretty informative site, partly based around the impressive
interpretive centre in Mt Isa, and contains much more info than
it would first appear. If fossils are really your cup of tea, click
for in- depth info or here
for a fossil links page. Now, unless you're camping out, plan on
reaching Adel's Grove by nightfall (another 50km), bookings essential.
This Savannah Guides site will give you a good idea of what's available
in the way of accommodation, food, tours etc. This is a good place
to base yourself for visiting both Riversleigh and Boodjamulla (Lawn
Hill) National Park. The professional service provided by the Savannah
Guides is invaluable in helping you to appreciate the area.
Hill) National Park
This Queensland Holidays site about Boodjamulla National Park (on what used to
be Lawn Hill Station) has all the essential information you'll need to plan a
stop over in this water wonderland. For lots more information about travelling
into this whole region click here.
Scrolling through this great site will give you some good ideas,
and has plenty of info about the surrounding area (not to mention
the rest of Australia consider becoming a member!). For the following
two fantastic photos of the park, you have to thank the Anderson
family; click here
The mine at Century has had probably the biggest impact on this region
since the inland seas dried up! Even though they're now gone, the
first word should probably go to Pasminco, seeing they got the show
on the road at great cost, so click here!
There wouldn't be a mine without golliwogs (geologists) and a big
hole, so they better get a look in too, (click here,
and after a bit more digging, here)!
This Savannah Way site will give you all the facts about this friendly
stop and link you to all the Gulf Savannah sites. Click here
for a few photos of what to expect and a bit more info to help you
plan a stay. Both these sites will allow you to link to a lot more
information about getting to and from this region.
If you're traveling by 4WD, a very scenic way to leave the Lawn Hill area
going north is via Bowthorn Station. This site is the station's
own site and will give you a fist hand look at life in the Gulf
Savannah. It has historical details of the stations early days as
well as information about accommodation at the station or camping
facilities at Kingfisher Camp. This isolated but comfortable camping
area sits at one end of a 5 km long waterhole!
You now have the option of pressing on north to the Savannah Way,
or backtracking to the Barkly Highway.
If you click here you
will go to the section of our Travel Guide about getting to Borroloola
via Daly Waters and the Carpentaria Highway.