May 30-31, 2015
Our first camping trip this year 🙂
180km west of Rockhampton, it is an approximate 3 hour drive to Blackdown Tableland National Park. The mountainous terrain of the tablelands provides a unique landscape featuring gorges, waterfalls and diverse vegetation. It is also the traditional homeland of the Ghungalu people and they ask visitors to respect their land and take a moment to acknowledge their spiritual ancestors when visiting.
Beautiful drive up!
Camping is only permitted at Munall campground, with nearby walking tracks that are incredibly peaceful and lead to amazing lookouts. Entrance to the park is a 11km turn off from Capricorn Coast and a further 8km to Munall campground.
We managed our drive in a little Honda Jazz but a 4WD would certainly make the trip much MUCH easier. Have fun though!
A map of the campground and surrounding trails
Here is a short video of our time in Blackdown Tableland National Park!
And of course, some photos!
Our campsite at Munall. A very reasonable fee of $5.75/person/night.
There are 3 main walking tracks.
We started with the 2.8km circuit Goon Goon Dhina track. It was incredibly quiet and peaceful, not another soul in sight. “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.”
Constantly reminded how small you are in nature
Saw sundews in nature for the first time!
Lovely trails and plenty of still water. I’m sure it is quite pretty when water is flowing!
We stopped to admire the Ghungalu art site
We came across lots of prescribed burning in all areas of the park.
A short drive away is the 4km (return) Gudda Gumoo trail that takes you a lookout and further to the gorge. Head down a flight of 240 steps to the base of the waterfalls and take in the rainbows cast over the falling waters.
The water was frigid but I imagine this would be an amazingly refreshing place to swim and cool down in the summer!
Rainbow! But no pot of gold in sight… 😦
We saved the Mook Mook trail (2.4km return) for last and so glad we did – best scenery!
So gorgeous and quiet
Look at this incredible view! No words!
On our drive down and back to Rockhampton, we stopped to enjoy the scenery from a different angle 🙂
Winning at the selfie game!
See you next time!
I should also mention… plenty of cows on the road! But they always look so grumpy and always covered in flies!