The Leichhardt River catchment is located in north west Queensland
and covers an area of approximately 33,000 sq. km. The river rises in
the Selwyn Ranges, 40 kilometres southeast of Mount Isa. The cliffs
adjacent to the Falls offer sweeping views across and along the
river. Like the river, the falls are named for
explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. The falls are not renowned for their
height, but for their stepped nature and their breadth.
The Savannah Way crosses the Leichhardt River as a
concrete causeway nearby. Camping sites on both banks high up on the
cliffs. Large sand dunes deposited after each wet season need to be
bulldozed away to open the road to traffic.
Location: near Floraville, 70 km south of Burketown