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Rainbow Falls - Blackdown Tableland National Park

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Published December 31st 2022
Plunge into nature
Rainbow Falls, located at Blackdown Tableland National Park, is a spectacular place to swim. The waterfalls can be reached after about 1 hour drive from the turn off to Charlevue Road, between Bluff and Dingo, from Capricorn Highway which will lead you to Blackdown Tableland National Park. After you pass the Horseshoe Lookout, keep driving up and pass the Munal camping ground area. About 8km from the camping ground, you will find a carpark to go to Rainbow Falls.

It is a 2km (one way) walk down to the waterfalls. Good walking shoes are a must plus sunscreen, a hat and drinking water. We were there during summer but the temperature was nice at 21C. The path is sandwiched between plenty of big pine trees.

We met a couple of bearded dragons, skinks, whip birds and many other animals along the way to the falls. The sandy path with some loose stones made us walk slowly and be extra careful. After a while of walking, we could see some cliffs with dense vegetation under them.

There are some steep stairs close to the waterfalls but luckily it has a rail to help us walk down. The walk is about 1 hour but it's worth it. We could hear the waterfalls from the distance. The rock pool under the waterfalls was surrounded by big boulders. You can walk around on the boulders and reach the waterfalls or just plunge into the rock pool.

The water that day was quite cool. The water is clear enough to see some tadpoles swimming. If you look at the splashing water from the waterfall with the sun in the right direction, you can see a rainbow across from the waterfall. I think that's how this waterfall got its name.

There is an amenities block near the Rainbow Falls car park. I can't see any picnic tables near the car park. Just remember not to take anything from this area as it is a national park.
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Why? Plunge into nature
When: Anytime
Where: Blackdown Tableland National Park, Capricorn Highway, Bluff, QLD
Cost: free
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