Green is the colour of choice in so many ways here. It’s a pocket of almost tropical paradise in an otherwise arid landscape … and even the water is the most beautiful hue of green.
This unexpectedly lush and ancient land is the home of Boodjamulla National Park (previously known as Lawn Hill National Park), the World Heritage-Listed Miyumba Riversleigh Fossil Fields and Adels Grove, an eco-sensitive tourist park (so you could call it ‘green’ in that respect too) with its own fascinating history and a well-deserved reputation for excellence.
Winner of the 2015 Queensland Tourism Awards for its accommodation (another award for the groaning shelf!) and finalist in the Australian Tourism Awards, Adels Grove is situated on Lawn Hill Creek and set among a plantation of exotic trees initially grown by the French botanist Albert de Lestang more than 80 years ago. In 1920, Albert de Lestang took up the property as an experimental Botanical Garden (the name ‘Adel’ comes from Albert’s initials A de L). Nowadays the resort is an oasis retreat for travellers with accommodation and meals available. You might like to join a guided tour from Mount Isa. Adels Grove offers a two-night and a three-night package from Mount Isa each week. The safaris include tours of the Boodjamulla National Park and Riversleigh, accommodation, dinner and breakfast, with lunch on tour days. The tours are taken by Savannah Guides and give a fascinating interpretation of history, geology, flora and fauna.
If you come under your own steam, tours of the national park and Riversleigh are offered from Adels Grove and there’s also an enjoyable local sunset tour, a half-day tour of The Escarpment travelling through Lawn Hill Station to the top of Constance Range. Adels Grove’s boat tour along the gorge is not to be missed. The solar-powered pontoon boat gives a delightfully quiet experience while living up to the complex’s eco-friendly aspirations. Another tour offering is the Century Mine Tour, which leaves from Adels Grove at least twice a week from April to October. You dress the part, in vest, helmet and glasses to see the mine at close quarters, have morning tea at their dining area and measure yourself against the dump truck at the pit lookout. And yes, little people are allowed.
The national park is just 10km from Adels Grove. Swim, go canoeing or do the walks there.
Phone (within Australia) 07 4748 5502