Blackdown Tableland National Park Capricorn

Photo credit: Photo: Peter Lik © Tourism and Events Qld

Things to do

    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. Telstra mobile reception is available at Yaddamen Dhina lookout.

    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.

    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—2.5 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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.