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Visiting Blackdown Tableland safely
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. Some sections of the park are 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-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.
Be well prepared and responsible for your own safety—even on a short stroll.
- 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.
- extra food and drinking water in case your walk takes longer than expected.
- a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
- all Queensland road rules apply on the national park.
- 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.
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.
Blackdown Tableland National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.
Permits and fees
If you intend to camp you will need a camping permit. Fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. You cannot self-register at the campground, but camping tags are available there.
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.
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.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Dingo. For more information see the tourism information links.