Blackdown Tableland National Park
|Blackdown Tableland National Park
View from the top of Blackdown Tableland
|Nearest town or city||Dingo|
|Area||320 km2 (123.6 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Blackdown Tableland National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Queensland|
Blackdown Tableland is a national park in Central Queensland (Australia), 576 km (358 mi) northwest of Brisbane. The mountainous terrain of the tablelands provides a unique landscape featuring gorges, waterfalls and diverse vegetation.
It is the traditional home of the Ghungalu people, whose rock art can be found in the park.
The Blackdown Tableland is a 900 m (3,000 ft) sandstone plateau rising abruptly from the plains below. Many creeks on the Tableland have developed gorges and waterfalls along their courses, the most notable of which drains in to the spectacular Rainbow Falls (Gudda Gumoo) over a 40 m (130 ft) drop. Some of the creeks on the Tableland are catchment fed by rain and often dry up, and some are spring fed and always flow even just a small amount. The national park is located in the north east of the central Queensland sandstone belt.
Camping is available on Mimosa Creek in the Tableland, camping fees apply.
The plateau has a more temperate, local climate than the surrounding plains, supporting open forests, heath, ferns, and a variety of plants and animals, several of which are not found anywhere else. Parts of the eastern tablelands have an average rainfall of 1,500 mm (59 in) per year. Dense fog may shroud the plateau.
Access to the area was very limited until a road was constructed in 1969 by the Queensland Forest Department. Entrance to the park is via a turn-off 11 km (6.8 mi) west of Dingo along the Capricorn Highway.