On Wednesday it was agreed that the best thing for all of us was to take a day off. I was hesitant at first but later I was glad I did. Matthew, David and I went on a roadtrip to the nearby Blackdown Tableland, which sounds like a bunch of Boomhower rambling (from King of the Hill) when you first hear an Aussie say it. In fact, it took several repeats before I fully understood what exactly David was saying.
Blackdown Tableland is a National Park that of course, was once inhabited by aboriginal peoples. In 1982, Blackdown Tableland made the register for National Parks because of its recreation and scenic values. Today the park is a great place for hiking, camping and viewing wildlife and is managed in correlation with the original aboriginal citizens.
But first, we stopped by the International Coal Centre in Blackwater (a town that made me sing Doobie Brother's upon hearing it's name.) Oh, blackwaters, keep on ….Mississippi moon won't ya keep on shinin' on me...
I wish I could tell you how aweomse the coal museum was, but we only took awesome pictures inside the giant bucket, picked around the free part of the musuem, which is basically the entrance area, and then we were back in the truck, on our way to that four syllable place I can't quite say correctly.
Blackdown Tableland was beautiful, despite the fact that I almost got carsick on the way there. I asked about curvy roads ahead of time and David misleadingly told me there weren't any. Luckily, I kept my cookies down and made it just in time for some beautiful sites.
Here were a few of my favorites:
Overall, I really enjoyed visiting Blackdown Tableland. The sites were beautiful and the park was uncrowded and natural.