National Parks


QLD Central Tablelands - Blackdown Tableland National Park

Rising abruptly above the surrounding dry plains, Blackdown Tableland protects spectacular sandstone scenery with gorges and waterfalls at the north-eastern edge of the central Queensland sandstone belt.

Woodlands, tall open forests and heath cover the tableland, providing a home for a variety of plants and animals, several found nowhere else, such as the Blackdown stringybark, a macrozamia, red bottlebrush, the Blackdown “monster” (a type of underground cricket), and a Christmas beetle.

Ferns grow around creeks and gorges. The sheer-drop waterfall at Stony Creek Gorge is dry most of the year.

This is the traditional home of the Ghungalu people who have visited this place for thousands of years and left behind rock art, vivid reminders of their special culture.

The park also contains interesting relics of the park’s grazing past. Forest reserve surrounds the park.


Blackdown Tableland is about 2·5 hours’ drive west of Rockhampton via the Capricorn Highway. The park turnoff is 11km west of Dingo, 110km east of Emerald

Further Information

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187
City East Q 4002

13 QGOV (13 74 68)