Rising abruptly above the surrounding dry plains, Blackdown Tableland protects spectacular sandstone scenery at the north-eastern edge of the Central Queensland sandstone belt. This is the traditional home of the Ghungalu people, who have visited this place for thousands of years and left behind rock art, vivid reminders of their special culture.... more
The park supports diverse plant communities including heathlands, dry eucalypt forests and moist pockets of ferns, mosses and orchids. Being elevated, the tableland is often cooler and moister than nearby plains. Its isolation means plants and animals that are found nowhere else thrive here.
There are two walking destinations on the Gudda Gummoo (Rainbow Waters) track. The 1.8 kilometre one-way track to the lookout gives walkers views across the gorge and out to distant plains and hills. Walkers can choose to walk a further 200 metres down 240 stairs to the base of the waterfall where water spills over sandstone ledges.... less
Take great care around cliffs, waterfalls and wet rocks and stay behind the safety fences at the lookouts.
Always carry sufficient drinking water, as this park does not provide water.
In winter the temperature can drop below zero overnight. Daytime temperatures in summer average between a pleasant 24-30 degrees. Be prepared for cool nights even in summer.
How To Get There
Blackdown Tableland is about 2.5 hours drive west of Rockhampton via the Capricorn Highway. The park turnoff is 11 kilometres west of Dingo, 110 kilometres east of Emerald or 35 kilometres east of Blackwater. The 6 kilometre sealed road up the tableland is steep and winding, and is not suitable for towing heavy trailers or caravans. The Munall camping area is a further eight kilometres on unsealed roads.
This walk is in the south eastern section of the national park, around five kilometres from the Munall camping area.
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