Blackdown Tableland NP

Monday 16 May & Tuesday 17 May 2022

Blackdown Tableland rises abruptly 800 meters above the surrounding plains. Many different plants have evolved in the cooler, moister climate and nutrient deficient soil. There are 4 walks ranging from 2 to 4 kilometres, short but interesting and each with it’s own character. With two nights in the National Park we were able to walk all four.

There were other plants just finished flowering or still in bud
Fungi in the Blackdown Tableland National Park

Gudda Gumoo (Rainbow Falls)

An 8 km drive along a rough dirt road from the camp ground, a 2 km walk and a 240 step descent and we were at the Rainbow Falls.

The road to Rainbow Falls
Grass Tree from above
We were thrilled to see this beautiful Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
There’s 240 steps to the Falls
The Rainbow Falls
Pool at the base of Rainbow Falls

Munall camping area

The camping area is a quiet, shady area with well separated sites. There’s toilets but nothing else. The road in was corrugated and churned up, 4WD recommended.

Kookaburra looking at us making dinner
The tree above our camp site as the sun sets

Goon Goon Dina (Cultural Circuit)

A 2.5 km circuit passing remains of early settlers stockyards and the ancient rock art of the Ghungalu people.

The first European settlers built these stockyards in the early 1900s from local stringybark – this post grew into a tall tree
Grasses growing in the phosphorus deficient soils caused chalky bones in cattle so that industry failed, also there are no kangaroos on the Tableland
Blackdown stringybark grows 45m high and is confined to the Blackdown Tableland. Ghungalu people used the bark for shelter and carrying baskets. The timber is hard, termite resistant and durable (see above)
A stream crossing
Three different hands, three different ages.
The Ghungalu visited this area for at least 10,000 years
Cabbage Tree Palms tubers were a source of food and the fibrous leaves used to make dilly-bags
Goon Goon Dina path

Mook Mook (Owl) Track

2.4 km return follows the Mimosa Creek to the edge of the Tableland.

The Blackdown Fan Palm grows only here
A waterfall on the way to the lookout
Sandstone cliffs from Mook Mook Lookout
Mimosa Creek swimming hole, 500 meters from the camping area

Goodela (Eagle) Walk

Drier, sandier and more exposed than the other tracks, the flora changes on this 3.6 km walk to the escarpment through eucalypt forest.

The view from Yaddamen Dhina (Horseshoe) Lookout
Cloud rolls over as the morning sun lights up the cliffs
Walk through open eucalyptus forest
The path is covered in naturally occurring pea gravel, extremely slippery
Different flowers on this walk
At the end of the walk, a pond in Two Mile Creek
Two Mile Creek tumbles over the sandstone of the Tableland escarpment