Paddle boarding Queensland – Boodjamulla National Park

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Home to many beautiful waterways, the choices of paddle boarding in Queensland are endless! One of our favourites has to be Boodjamulla National Park, a true hidden gem. Located on the QLD and NT boarder it is a remote haven.  Surrounded by sandstone cliffs, rocky plateaus and fringing rainforest, you will be in awe as you paddle the emerald green-waters. It is the perfect location for a week-long escape of SUP-ing, hiking, relaxing, or even visiting the 25 million year old Riversleigh World Heritage Area nearby which has the richest fossil mammal sites in the world.

While it boasts incredible hikes and vantage points for sunset and sunrise, it also has the perfect place to take your ISUP out and explore. The red walls will tower over you as you paddle through the valley, watching for hawks gliding overhead and curious fish underneath. If you’re lucky you may even spot freshwater crocs basking in the sun.

Highlights

Paddle to the scenic Indarri Falls and take a relaxing swim in the water, then stop and refuel with a picnic on the bank whilst you unwind. This paddle allows you to really take in the true magnificence of the gorge however it can be busy during the peak season (April to October) so be ready to share the water with kayakers, canoers or even those swimming along in inflatable tubes!

Creatures of Boodjamulla

The region’s rivers flow year round making it an oasis for migratory wildlife and a bird watcher’s paradise. Listen out for the raucous call of the channel-billed cuckoos, watch the antics of the purple-crowned fairy-wrens, look for bowerbirds collecting shiny objects to make their attractive bowers, or listen for barking owls at night.

The rocky escarpments are also home to a range of reptiles including the olive python, ring-tailed dragon, wallaroos, fish turtles, fresh water crocs or the rare gulf snapping turtle.

Route Directions

  1. .Start by launching your SUP at the beautiful shaded picnic area where canoes are hired out and nearby the Lawn Hill Camp grounds.
  2. .Paddle upstream between the towering gorge walls until you reach Indarri Falls.
  3. .Relax, swim and enjoy the shaded bank for a picnic (bring your own).
  4. .If you’re feeling more adventurous continue to Upper Gorge by carrying your SUP around the falls to continue upstream.
  5. .Paddle another 1.3kms to reach the Upper Gorge. The creek will start to turn into channels and rapids, thick with vegetation. It is not advised to continue through here. Instead, relax and take in the awesome surroundings and lookout for the abundant wildlife.
  6. .Return the way you came.

Local Knowledge

Sat Nav
Nearest Parking

Park near the Lawn Hill Camp grounds. Please note, roads in this area are mostly unsealed and not suitable for 2WDs and caravans; the only route suitable for 2WDs and off-road caravans is via Gregory Downs, although we recommend 4WDs.

Launch Point

Start by launching your SUP at the beautiful shaded picnic area where canoes are hired out and nearby the Lawn Hill Camp grounds.

Places to stay
Adels Grove (privately owned)
Places to Eat/Drink
Be sure to bring supplies for a picnic.

Things to know

  • Please travel to Boodjamulla National Park well- prepared. Depending on the time of the season there are creek crossings and rough roads that require a well-equipped 4WD.
  • There are freshwater crocs in the gorges, please take local advice when visiting the area.
  • Please note that the lower gorge situated nearby is off limits for any recreational vessels. This is out of respect of the wishes of the traditional owners of the area, the Waanyi people.
  • It is important to keep note of the winds that may channel through the gorges. Keep this into account when considering the distance you are paddling.
  • This gorge can reach temperatures up to 45C, make sure to bring enough drinking water, sunscreen and adequate sun protection.
  • As it is in a national park dogs are not allowed. If you are traveling with your canine friend you can stay at Adels Grove where there are pet friendly camp sites.