It may seem a long time ago for many of us, however the effects of the bushfires that swept across some of Queensland’s most popular natural wonders towards the end of 2018 are still being witnessed daily by residents. Some may think these areas are not worth a visit, but it can be far from that, as the natural bushland embarks on its regrowth phase.

Along with surrounding farm land, parts of the Carnarvon and Blackdown Tableland National Parks were burnt. As devastating as some of these fires were, some vegetation is already making a remarkable and quite spectacular comeback.

Although visiting these areas may seem somewhat disappointing for our many overseas tourists, they should not feel this way. Fire is an important part of our flora’s ecology and the regrowth and renewal that follows is fascinating to witness. A visit to these areas is very rewarding and really should not be missed, as fortunately fire is not that common.

That aside, this time of year is always a great time to discover Carnarvon and Blackdown Tableland and their many hidden treasures. Their waterholes are great for cooling off and the nature walks offer an excellent chance of encountering wildlife. With fewer visitors from outside the region during these warmer months, these spots also become the ideal location to find some peace and solitude.

The Carnarvon Gorge runs for 35km at the heart of the 302,000ha National Park, reaching depths of 600m near its mouth and making it one of Queensland’s most spectacular and popular natural features. Plan to stay a few nights by taking your pick from the handful of local accommodation options.

The Blackdown Tableland National Park is only about 30 minutes’ drive from Blackwater and always cooler than the surrounding areas. It’s an easy day trip but there are also camping options on the Tableland itself or you can book accommodation in Blackwater or Dingo.

Call into the Emerald Visitor Information Centre for more information on these destinations, including tips on what to see along the way.

For more information or a catch-up, contact Tourism Development Coordinator Paul Thompson E: tourism@chdc.com.au or T: (07) 4982 4386.

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