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Gudda Gumoo Gorge (Rainbow Falls)

Central Highlands

Blackdown Tableland National Park


Distance (kms):

4.1 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

143 m

Max. elevation (m):

806 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 4)

Route type:





4WD Required

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A steep but rewarding walk through varying vegetation to a spectacular waterfall and series of incredible rockpools.

This moderately trafficked walk starts at the parking area at the end of Charlevue Road. 

The track gradually descends through eucalypt forest via graded paths and some stairs, with a typically dry watercourse about two-thirds the way along the track that must be crossed. 

Gudda Gumoo Lookout has only obstructed view, but there are some nice views across the escarpments and plainlands from certain points on the track.

There is informative signage telling the dreamtime story of Moonda Gudda – the creation ancestor and water of life – a significant story to the Ghungalu people. 

From the lookout, it is a steep descent via 240 stairs into the gorge, past hulking rock formations to Gudda Gumoo Falls (Rainbow Falls). The falls cascade over the sandstone cliff into a tranquil pool surrounded by ferns.

Beside some fencing at the lookout and along the stairs to the falls, the cliff edges are unprotected, so care is required.

Backtrack to the lookout, via a steep ascent up the stairs.

The track to the rock pools is 600m return from behind the Rainbow Falls directional sign. The pools are a spectacular series of round, relatively shallow pools that are connected.

Out of respect to the Ghungalu people, and for your own safety, you must not venture to other water holes in this area. 

Track: The track is a well-maintained graded path with a number of steps, including steep metal steps to the falls. The track is well-signed and easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is relatively short, with only minimal elevation, and so is suitable for all fitness levels. The rocks near the falls can be slippery and there are sheer cliff edges with no protection, so care is required.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

The trailhead is located at the car park at the end of Charlevue Road. The road from the Yaddamen Dhina day-use area to the campground is a gravel road and a 4WD vehicle is recommended. 

The car park is 9 hours drive north-west of Brisbane and 5 hours drive north-west of Bundaberg.

It is recommended to break up the drive to the park and consider the impact of fatigue on driving safety. Many of the roads leading to the park are rural roads prone to wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.  

Parking is typically ample for how trafficked the walk is.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. This walk is best done after recent rain, in order to see water flowing through the falls, however is a pleasant walk at any time. If completing after recent rain, be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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