Blackdown Tableland National Park Capricorn

Photo credit: Peter Lik © Tourism and Events Queensland

About Blackdown Tableland

    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.

    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

    Park management

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

    Tourism information links

    Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre
    3 Clermont St, Emerald
    ph (07) 4982 4142

    The Spire Visitor Information Centre
    The Spire, Gladstone Road, Rockhampton
    ph 1800 676 701

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.