Adels Grove is located 10 km from the Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park and 50 km from the World Heritage Riversleigh Fossil fields.

The property of Adels Grove occupies an area of some 30 hectares (80 acres) and extends from Lawn Hill Creek at one end to Louie Creek at the other. It was originally gazetted in 1904 as a Miners 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). Albert planted many species of trees and shrubs and supplied the Botanical Gardens of the world with the seeds produced by his nursery.

The Botanical Gardens in Brisbane still has 536 different samples of seeds sent to them by Albert, held in their collection. It is said by those locals who knew Albert that it was indeed a most beautiful botanic garden.

Albert had a building complex that incorporated living quarters, a shop, a storeroom and an office. A corrugated iron workshop was a part of that complex and he also made much use of post and rail lean-to with paperbark roofing. Post and rail fences (all painted white) as well as hitching rails and stone lined pathways complimented the layout.

In the early 1950’s a fire swept through the grove while Albert was absent (some say deliberately lit) destroying everything including his dwelling and trunk containing all of his research papers. By this time Albert de Lestang was in his early seventies and having lost his building complex, all of his written records of plants and their hybrids, his stores and a large percentage of the planted Grove he succumbed shortly thereafter to great depression and broken spirit.

Albert’s last years were spent in a Charters Towers nursing home, where he died in 1959 at the age of 75, most probably broken-hearted. A very sad end to what must have been a magnificent project spanning many years and a great deal of effort in an isolated and difficult environment.

The camping ground now known as Adels Grove was opened in 1984 and purchased by the current owners including the resident Managers Rod and Michelle Low Mow.




8:00 AM

Your Guide will collect you from your Mount Isa accommodation and escort you to Adels Grove arriving around mid afternoon. On the way you will have morning tea then travel onto Gregory for a picnic lunch at the picturesque Gregory River.

After an induction of Adels Grove on arrival you have time to relax in the picturesque Lawn Hill Creek, or a drink on the deck.

7:00 PM

A beautiful 2 course dinner on the deck overlooking Lawn Hill Creek.

Lunch, Tours & Dinner included


7:00 AM

Arise to the sound of birds chirping and enjoy a big breakfast with fellow travelers.

7:30 AM

Meet your Savannah Guide for the short drive to the spectacular Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.
Start with a bush walk in paradise with views you need to see to believe, return for morning tea. Then hop aboard our cruise Lawn Hill Tour and cruise through the spectacular gorge to Indarri falls and back.

11:30 AM

Return to Adels Grove for lunch on the deck.

12:00 PM

Lunch at your leisure, just go to the bar and place your order.

5:30 PM

Join your guide for the amazing sunset on your Harry’s Hill Tour and returning just in time for dinner.

7:00 PM

A beautiful 2 course dinner on the deck overlooking Lawn Hill Creek.

Breakfast, Lunch, Tours & Dinner included


7:00 AM

Arise to the sound of birds chirping and enjoy a big breakfast with fellow travelers.

8:00 AM

Depart Adels Grove for home via a tour of the World Heritage Riversleigh Fossil Fields located 50km south of Adels Grove Camp ground. Riversleigh contains the richest and most extensive known fossil mammal deposits in Australia and is among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites.

Enjoy morning tea on the Gregory River before continuing your trip back to Mount Isa, stopping at locations along the way for lunch. Arriving in Mount Isa approx 3:30pm – 4:00pm.

Lunch, Tours & Dinner included

Adels Grove invites you to join us on a guided tour in Australia's outback best kept secret. Our tours feature the spectacular Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) Gorge National Park and Miyumba (Riversleigh) World Heritage Fossil Fields.
Your tour guide is a member of the Savannah Guide Association. This fully-inclusive guided tour provides an excellent interpretation of the outback region and of the local
history, geology, flora and fauna. All tours cater for all ages.


Things to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Drink bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming towel
  • Camera
  • Swimmers
  • Suitable walking shoes
  • Casual footwear
  • Hat
  • Torch
  • Any special dietary
  • Medication
    for duration of travel
  • A great sense of humor

Water available all day every day



After an induction of Adels Grove on arrival you have time to relax in the picturesque Lawn Hill Creek or enjoy a drink on our deck.


We run on a generator at Adels Grove, which limits our power supply.

Our ensuite rooms have refrigerators and air conditioners. We have tea and coffee making facilities at the restaurant for your convenience.

All linen is provided

If you’re a budding twitcher, a Bird list can be obtained from reception and additional birding tours available.

Winter nights can get quiet cool, please bring some warm clothes.

Please inform Adels Grove of any dietary requirements before your arrival for catering.

Minimum Telstra service is available.

Prices include Accommodation, all meals, national park fees, tours & travel. Drinks and incidentals are the guests expense.

Flying into Mount Isa or coming by Train transfers can be arranged at additional cost.

We look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of paradise!