We left Bowen QLD on July 20 to start our journey back down south to Brisbane. Vince’s cousin Caroline-Anne was coming from New Zealand for a holiday in Brisbane with her boyfriend, Jake, and asked if we could all meet up! Vince and Caroline hadn’t seen each other in years, so it was a no-brainer to spend some time together. It would also give us another chance to stay with our friends Mark and Debbie!
We planned for the drive south to take about three days and we would stop in Blackdown Tableland National Park, near Dingo QLD, along the way.
Our visit to Blackdown was awesome. We drove up the winding road to the top of the tableland where we parked and started our hike towards Gudda Gumoo (Rainbow Waters) lookout and waterfall. The cool thing about this park is the history and culture of the Ghungalu people that is a large part of the experience of visiting it. In our case, our goal was to reach the waterfall, Rainbow Falls, which has deep spiritual significance for the Ghungalu people who originally lived in this area. The water of the falls, or Moonda Gudda, is believed to embody the spirits of the Ghungalu people’s ancestors. Visitors are encouraged to take their time in approaching and viewing the falls in respectful way that honours the traditional customs of the Ghungalu people:
In Ghungalu culture, we pay respect to our spiritual ancestors by acknowledging their presence on country and by telling them who we are, where we come from and why we are here.
Paying attention to the customs of the indigenous Ghungalu peoples absolutely influenced our experience of this park. We walked slowly, focusing on the amazing flora around us. We took our time, we spoke softly, we stopped to stare (and take a bajillion photos, a few of which we’ve shared below).
This was a beautiful day.