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About Blackdown Tableland

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Getting there and getting around

Blackdown Tableland National Park lies in central Queensland 183 km west of Rockhampton. The signed turn-off on the Capricorn Highway is 11 km west of Dingo or 110 km east of Emerald (35 km east of Blackwater).

To reach the park entrance shelter, follow the sealed road to the top of the tableland. Beware! The 6 km road from the base of the tableland is winding and climbs steeply. It is not suitable for towing heavy trailers or caravans.

Roads past the entrance shelter are unsealed, slippery and winding. Most of the park is accessible to 2WD vehicles driven with care, but you will require a 4WD vehicle for the Loop Road to Mitha Boongulla.

To reach Munall campground, continue 8 km past the park entrance shelter.

Access may be restricted in wet weather or during high fire danger.

For more information: 

  • Always check Park alerts for Blackdown Tableland conditions
  • Contact Blackdown Tableland National Park office by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Mobile phone charges may apply.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available at Yaddamen Dhina lookout and Munall campground. The walking track to Yaddamen Dhina lookout from the car park is accessible to wheelchairs.

Park features

Rising abruptly above the surrounding dry plains, Blackdown Tableland protects spectacular sandstone scenery with gorges and waterfalls. It lies at the north-east edge of the central Queensland sandstone belt.

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. These include the Blackdown stringybark, a macrozamia, red bottlebrush, the Blackdown "monster" (a type of underground cricket) and a Christmas beetle.

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.

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Camping and accommodation

Camping

Relax in Munall campground's cool and quiet bush surrounding. Close to popular walking tracks, it is a great place to make your base.

Bookings essential!

  • You must book in advance to stay at Munall campground as sites are limited.
  • You cannot self-register at the campground.
  • Camping fees apply.
  • Book your camp site online.
  • If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.

Also see: Camping at Blackdown Tableland National Park for more information.

Be aware!

  • Toilets are available at Munall campground.
  • No water is provided.
  • Bring at least five litres of water per person per day and extra for emergencies.
  • Pack a sealable container for your rubbish, as bins are not provided.
  • Campfires are permitted in designated fireplaces.
  • Collecting firewood anywhere in the park is prohibited.
  • Clean, milled timber off-cuts for firewood are often available in the town of Dingo.

Other accommodation

Caravan park and hotel accommodation is available in Dingo, 31 km from the tableland.

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Things to do

Walking

Walking is the most popular thing to do in Blackdown. A number of walking tracks take you to the park's heritage sites, creeks and through a variety of plant communities. Lookouts are provided where you can take in stunning views and get beautiful photographs.

Beware! A number of cliff faces along some of the walking tracks are sheer and their edges may be crumbly. Serious injury or death can occur if you fall.

Your safety is our concern, but is your responsibility.

  • Stay on the formed tracks.
  • Do not let children run ahead.
  • Never venture close to the cliff edges.
  • Read and heed all signs.
  • Stay behind safety barriers.
  • Wear sturdy shoes.
  • Take extra care on the pea gravel, which can be extremely slippery.

Yaddamen Dhina—200 m return (5 mins) Grade: easy

  • suitable for most visitors
  • wheelchair accessible 
  • gently sloping sealed track.

Various Blackdown wattles grow along this short track to Yaddamen Dhina lookout, offering sweeping views of distant ranges and plains 500 m below.

Goodela—3.6 km return (1 hr) Grade: moderate

Reasonable fitness is required for this walk.

  • gentle slopes
  • some stairs
  • loose surfaces.

This track follows the escarpment as you near Yaddamen Dhina lookout. It winds through eucalypt forest. Notice the vegetation change as you approach the creek, where delicate ferns and mosses thrive. Watch for bird life in the surrounding bush as you stop and rest at the track's end.

Goon Goon Dhina—2.8 km circuit (1 hr) Grade: moderate

Reasonable fitness is required for this walk.

  • gentle slopes
  • some stairs
  • loose surfaces.

The track starts from the campground and begins with an easy walk past old cattle yard ruins, then follows Mimosa Creek upstream to a Ghungalu art site. Signs along this track offer insights into the park's history. Learn how Ghungalu people used plants for food and shelter.

Mook Mook—2.4 km return (50 mins) Grade: moderate

Moderate fitness is required for this walk.

  • short, steep slopes
  • some stairs
  • loose surfaces.

This walk starts opposite the campground turn-off. Follow the track across Mimosa Creek and over gentle ridges to a lookout on the edge of the tableland, offering views of sandstone cliffs and distant ranges.

Gudda Gumoo lookout—3.6 km return (1.5 hrs) Grade: moderate

Moderate fitness is required for this walk.

  • short, steep slopes
  • some stairs
  • loose surfaces.

Stop and touch rough stringybarks and spiky grasstrees as you follow this track to Gudda Gumoo lookout. Gaze across the gorge to distant plains and hills. Learn about the significance of Moonda Gudda to the Ghungalu people.

Gudda Gumoo gorge—4 km return (2 hrs) Grade: difficult

Higher level fitness is required.

  • short steep slopes
  • 240 stairs leading to the base of the waterfall
  • loose surfaces.

Journey into the gorge, where damp fern fronds glisten and colourful birds come to cool off. See water spill over sandstone ledges as it flows down and through the gorge.

Remote hikes

Rugged gorges and sandstone escarpments challenge even the most experienced bushwalkers.

Before embarking on a remote hike:

  • Plan your trip well in advance.
  • Never walk alone.
  • Know your groups' limits and choose a suitable route.
  • Inform a reliable person of your itinerary.
  • Have an emergency plan in place in case something goes wrong.
  • Carry enough food and water.
  • Take adequate navigational equipment and a map.
  • Carry first-aid supplies.
  • Ensure you know how to administer first aid.

For more information:

  • Check Park alerts for Blackdown Tableland conditions.
  • Contact Blackdown Tableland National Park office by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Mobile phone charges may apply.

Also see: Off the beaten track—hiking

Driving

Driving in Blackdown can be fun. Be aware that the roads are covered in pea gravel and are slippery. Slow is safe, especially when approaching corners and passing other vehicles.

Loop Road—19 km loop (1-1.5 hr drive)

  • 4WD only
  • Loop Road may be closed during wet weather.
  • 2WD access is available on the campground road and the through road to Gudda Gumoo.

Pass magnificent sandstone outcrops, alive with basket ferns and king orchids. Stop at Mitha Boongulla and look out across the surrounding plains.  Picnic and day-use areas

Yaddamen Dhina lookout

Stop here for a picnic or to stretch your legs after a long drive. Enjoy the view from the nearby lookout.

Facilities:

  • gas barbecues
  • wheelchair-accessible toilets
  • picnic tables
  • park information
  • water taps—treat all water before drinking
  • no rubbish bins—take your rubbish out with you please. 

Also see: 

Viewing wildlife

The best way to see Blackdown's birdlife is to wake with them at Munall campground. Kingfishers and cockatoos flit through the forest adding a dash of colour to the landscape, while robins and tree-creepers blend in with the bush. Peregrine falcons, wedge-tailed eagles and goshawks hunt and roost along cliffs and escarpments. Honeyeaters, thornbills and rainbow bee-eaters can be spotted in heath communities.

By day, skinks, geckos and goannas bask on sandstone ledges. Look carefully—they're easy to miss!

By night, gliders, powerful owls and insectivorous bats take to the air. Take a torchlight stroll around the campground and try to catch their reflective eye-shine.

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Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

Prepare well and bring:

  • enough food and water—there is no drinking water provided.
  • first-aid kit—and know how to use it.
  • sturdy footwear.
  • sun protection—wear a hat, shirt and sunscreen, even on overcast days, to avoid sunburn.
  • secure containers to store food and rubbish so that it is inaccessible to wildlife—bins are not provided.
  • firewood—bring only clean milled timber for use as firewood—collecting bush wood and kindling is prohibited.

Be aware that campfires are only permitted in designated areas.

Opening hours

Blackdown Tableland National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping

If you intend to camp you will need a camping permit. Fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Geocaching

Geocaching is not permitted in Queensland national parks or State forests without prior approval from the park managers. Keep your geocaching participants safe and help protect sensitive cultural and natural sites by checking with the park managers before you set a cache.

  • Application forms are available on request.
  • Penalties apply for non compliance.
  • For enquiries about geocaching in Blackdown Tableland National Park, contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Mobile phone charges may apply.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Blackdown Tableland National Park.

Climate and weather

Daytime temperatures average 24-30°C in summer and 5-15°C in winter. Be prepared for cool nights, particularly in winter when temperatures can fall below 0°C. Dense fog often blankets the tableland. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Dingo. For more information see the tourism information links below.

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Staying safe

Be well prepared and responsible for your own safety—even on a short stroll.

When walking:

  • Walk with care and beware of pea gravel, which can be extremely slippery.
  • Never walk alone.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Keep to marked tracks.
  • Stay behind safety barriers.
  • Do not let children run ahead.
  • Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from stings, scratches and insect bites.

Take:

  • extra food and drinking water in case your walk takes longer than expected.
  • a first-aid kit and know how to use it.

When driving:

  • be aware of other vehicles, especially when approaching blind corners.
  • drive slowly to avoid locking your brakes and losing control.
  • carry a mobile phone even though coverage is very limited.

In an emergency:

  • call Triple Zero (000).
  • if Triple Zero fails to connect, try112 in low or no mobile reception areas.
  • there is mobile phone reception at Yaddamen Dhina lookout.
  • there is an emergency telephone at the park entrance shelter.

Also see: Safety in parks and forests.

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Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Please help keep these places special during your stay.

Respect Indigenous culture

Indigenous sites represent thousands of years of living culture. They are irreplaceable and easily damaged. Look, but do not touch.

Please camp and walk softly.

  • Remember, plants and animals (dead or alive) are protected.
  • Leave everything as you find it.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated fireplaces.
  • Collecting wood in the park is prohibited.
  • Keep noise levels reasonable and be considerate of other visitors.
  • Keep wildlife wild—never feed native animals—our food scraps affect their health and cause them to harass visitors and other animals.

Come in clean and keep it clean:

  • Take care not to bring weed seeds into the park on shoes, tyres or tents.
  • Avoid contaminating water with detergents, soaps or shampoos. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50 m away from waterways.
  • Bring your own clean, milled timber off-cuts for use as firewood—bush wood brought into protected areas can introduce weeds and pests.
  • Take in only what is permitted. Leave pets, firearms, generators and chainsaws at home.
  • Leave no rubbish. 
  • Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave, as rubbish bins are not provided.
  • Please secure your food and rubbish in containers to avoid attracting animals to your camp.

Also see: Caring for parks 

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Park management

The department manages Blackdown Tableland National Park for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage.

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Tourism information links

Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre

www.capricornholidays.com.au
3 Clermont St, Emerald
ph (07) 4982 4142
email emerald@capricorntourism.com.au

The Spire Visitor Information Centre

www.capricornholidays.com.au
The Spire, Gladstone Road, Rockhampton
ph 1800 676 701
email infocentre@capricorntourism.com.au

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

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Last updated
19 February 2013