Blackdown Tableland National Park: Gudda Gumoo
Get There: Turn off the Capricorn Highway at the signs for Blackdown Tableland National Park. Once you reach Munall Campground, take the left and stay on the dirt road for another 7km until you reach the carpark.
Gudda Gumoo, or Rainbow Waters, is the jewel in the crown that is Blackdown Tableland National Park. Stroll down the dusty track amidst fat skinks, soaring gums and moist pockets of ferns until you reach the lookout. Just past it sit 240 stairs flanked by craggy overhangs marked with clay handprints and the occasional sketch of a penis. At the bottom, you’ll find paradise in the form of a long string of waterfalls spilling over sandstone ledges.
Take a dip in the waterhole at the base of the staircase, or rock-hop further down to bathe in a natural infinity pool and shower under a mini cascade. The gorge is simply spectacular, and you could easily spend a couple of hours exploring it (and trying to figure out how to get to the waterfall’s base without dying).
The area is also steeped in significance for the Ghungalu people, who believe an enormous eel protects its waters and keeps them from running dry. Given how hot it usually is in Central Queensland, you are going to want to hope this legend is true, because trekking all the way down would be a bit shit if there wasn’t enough water to swim in.
Queensland National Parks rates Gudda Gumoo’s four-kilometre return hike as “difficult” and recommends walkers possess a high fitness level, but they’ve obviously never been there, as the track is mostly flat and very well cut. The only tricky bit is the steep staircase at the bottom, but in the words of the portly local we encountered panting his way up them, the resultant exhaustion is easily cured by heading “straight to the pub”.