The track to Dr. Robert's Waterhole veers to the right after about 300metres of walking along the main track from the Eastern Girraween Car park.Once again, there were many wildflowers, the really beauty though, was the waterhole. A lovely waterhole surrounding by the bush, so quiet and pleasant, there was even a seat to sit on and dream! This is...more
This track starts at a small carpark just off the side of Pyramids Road, 4 km east of the information centre. After the first 300 metres, the track splits into two, so I took the one to the left which led to Wave Rock and then went further to the Underground Creek. The track follows Bald Rock Creek upstream to where it disappears beneath a tumble...more
I decided to take the trail to the Underground Creek first. This was quite an easy walk that took me past different varieties of wildflowers and many rock formations. I could see a small creek to the right of me.Coming around a bend was a huge worn away granite rock which reminded me of a giant ocean wave. Time to do some scrambling and soon I was...more
After deciding what I was going to do, I headed off on the dirt trail. I hadn't gone far, when I was taken back by some beautiful purple flowered native bushes, they were gorgeous!The further I went, the more I saw, once again, different to where I had been previous. One area here was full of Banksia bushes, all in flower.more
We arrived by car at the Eastern section of Girraween National Park. There was a small dirt carpark, some Toilets and a notice board with pictures of what was expected to be seen here and information on the trails. What is good, is they tell you the distance, expected time and the grade of the track, so you know if you are capable of completing the...more
As I followed the trail along Bald Creek back to the day area, I saw a notice pointing to the Bald Creek Campground. I decided to go and have a look. We weren't able to come here and camp as we had a Caravan, only Tents and Camper Trailers allowed. I can see why, as the drive in is bumpy and narrow. Each campsite has been levelled out, and there is...more
Something I noticed while walking around Girraween, was the pockets of different wildflowers.I had previously been to Pyramid Mountain, and saw quite a few Pea bushes in flower amongst many other types.Now, on this trail, I was seeing different wildflowers to growing in "that" area.The one in my first photo was very different, one I had never seen...more
As you most probably guessed, the trail is along Bald Creek. It was "bald," bare granite, quite wide, and in October, fairly well dry, only some small streams running in the cracks between the granite and then into some large ponds. It was pretty! The force of the water had carved out wonderful shapes in the granite, some had water and even...more
Coming back along the trail from Granite Arch, I came across a meeting of tracks, one back to the day area, or another to the "junction," a further 2.7 kms. As I still had time, I took the track to the Junction.Walking along here was where I saw quite a variety of Birds. Kookaburra's, Crimson Rosella's, Honeyeaters, Blue Wrens, Thornbills and...more
Girraween is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of flowers'. What a great choice of name for this park!It was October when I was in Girraween, one of the best months to see the wildflowers. September and October are the most spectacular months to visit.Wildflowers begin to bloom in late July with golden wattle and pea flowers bursting into bloom,...more
Coming back from the Pyramid, I reached a junction of tracks, one of them leading to the Granite Arch.This trail led me past more amazing shapes. One, was a huge boulder being held by two others that I was able to walk under. I originally thought it was the granite Arch, but no, this was further on.Then I came across it, a perfect natural Arch.Some...more
It was along the track to the Pyramid that I saw quite a few native Pea flower bushes.It was October and this when the bold yellow, purple and red pea flowers make a colourful splash of colour in this granite-strewn area. It is in the low, dense heaths where you find these and a diverse array of flowering shrubs, including Wattles, mint, daisy...more
When I chose "The Pyramid" walk of 3.4 km (1.5–2 hr return) a class 3 / 4, I didn't realize the Pyramid was a huge granite monolith! It was only when I was nearly there, that I realized this was what I had quite often been viewing in the distance.The first part of the walk had been quite easy, then it became much harder going when climbing at least...more
Back in the car, we drove a short distance to the day area. There was a large carpark, and as we were early morning, the only ones there!This area has quite a few FREE BBQ'S for use, just push in the button and hold until the light comes on. A good idea is before coming here to go to the Supermarket which sells meat, or the Butcher, buy some paper...more
Even if you don't climb the Pyramid, I think the walk is quite interesting on its own.It was quite easy going at the start, then later, there were lots of steps to climb. If you wish, you could turn back here, as it was before reaching this spot that I saw some interesting Rock formations.My favorite, was a very large granite boulder, balancing on...more
I picked out my trail and was on my way through the bush, not for long though, soon I was on a very large piece of exposed granite. Wow! It was so pretty! The granite had been worn away by the forces of nature, leaving pot holes which were filled with water, some with little waterfalls, patterns on the rocks, sand and a larger pond which was Bald...more
I was at the Day area, wondering which way to head first, when I saw some more of the beautifully painted information boards. These were set aside in a special area made out of local stone. I am glad I went for a look, because it was here that I learnt the history of the National Park and about the early settlers. Some old photo's made it all the...more
On arrival at Girraween National Park, we followed the signs to the car park for the Information Centre.It is a good idea to go here first.As it happened, it wasn't open, but it did have FREE BROCHURES OUTSIDE which had really good maps and descriptions of the walking trails, this is what I wanted. The Visitor centre is open 7 days a week, meant to...more
After seeing all I had time for from the Bald Rock day area, it was time to move onto the area known as the Eastern Highlands in Girraween National Park. We drove our car along the dirt road, enjoy the scenery as we went along. Excellent views of the balancing rocks on the The Pyramid.We saw some eastern Grey Kangaroo's in the paddock looking at...more
This really is essential in these National Parks. The paths are dirt and I could see them quite easily, but it was different when walking the sheer granite, I had to look for white marks, much easier to get lost. The park is so pretty, and has so many interesting rock formations, I imagine it would be quite a temptation for some people to leave the...more
Before I took off on my walk, I looked at the different trails listed and the level of fitness needed for each. Australia has a track classification system based on Australian Standards. To give you an idea what to expect......A CLASS 2 TRACK is the easiest to walk. It should be fairly level and suitable for all fitness levels.A CLASS 3 TRACK is a...more
Eucalypt's are thick on Girraween National Park's slopes, gullies and valley floors. I love seeing new varieties of Eucalpyt's, especially in places like here where they are left in their condition until they fall town. Aboriginal's and animals may have used the hollowed out ones to shelter in and to live. It never ceases to amaze me to see a Gum Tree growing out of what looks to be only granite, there must be a small amount of soil in the crack for its roots to grow.
White gums are particularly beautiful, and in the park is the Wallangarra White Gum, a native of this area. These can be found around Mount Norman and the high ridges to the south-west.
Also on Mount Norman are the park's only stands of mallee ash Eucalyptus codonocarpa.
Mainly seen along the walking tracks are New England blackbutti, round-leaved gum, orange gum, yellow box, apple box, Youman's stringybark and broad-leaved stingybark.
Have you ever tried Yellow box honey, a favorite of mine!
Altogether, there are 25 species of Eucalypt.