Girraween National Park Travel Guide

  • Balancing Rock
    Balancing Rock
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  • Sights of Girraween, 2nd pyramid and Balancing Roc
    Sights of Girraween, 2nd pyramid and...
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  • One of many balancing rocks in the park
    One of many balancing rocks in the park
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Girraween National Park Things to Do

  • Granite Arch

    After much to-ing and fro-ing we finally opted for The Pyramid via Granite Arch, a part easy but part hard 2 ½ hour trek that seemed to offer some scenic points.We hadn’t gone far when the reflected heat off the baked granite made it clear that this was not a cool climate stroll. The still air wasn’t of any help either as we eased up the incline to...

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  • Castle Rock continued

    We flitted through the shadows and began the climb on the well-made path with numerous photo stops to capture some of the variety that entertained us the whole way up. Just as we were about to split off the Mount Norman track we heard a quick clack-clack behind. No sooner had we heard it than a German expat strode purposefully up to our position. I...

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  • Castle Rock

    After a day enjoying Stanthorpe and its numerous wineries, lurching from air conditioned premises to air conditioned premises as we tendered our artworks for competitions surrounding the annual Apple and Grape Festival, we’d finally bunked down again at Girraween, keen to sample more of what the place had to offer, including a hot water shower,...

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  • DR. ROBERT'S WATERHOLE

    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...

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  • UNDERGROUND CREEK

    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...

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  • EASTERN TRAIL

    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...

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  • EASTERN SECTION WILDFLOWERS

    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.

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  • EASTERN SECTION OF GIRRAWEEN

    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...

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  • CAMPING @ BALD CREEK

    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...

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  • BALD CREEK TRAIL WILDFLOWERS

    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...

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  • BALD CREEK TRAIL

    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...

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  • THE JUNCTION / BALD CREEK-FEATHERED...

    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...

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  • WILDFLOWERS IN GIRRAWEEN

    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,...

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  • GRANITE ARCH TRAIL

    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...

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  • PEA FLOWERS

    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...

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  • THE PYRAMID

    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...

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  • GIRRAWEEN DAY AREA

    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...

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  • WALKING TO THE PYRAMID

    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...

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  • WYBERBA WALK

    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...

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  • INFORMATION BOARDS

    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...

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  • GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK INFO CENTRE...

    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...

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Girraween National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF THE PARK

    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...

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  • TELL SOMEBODY YOUR PLANS

    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...

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  • WALKING TRACK CLASSES

    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...

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Girraween National Park Favorites

  • The Pyramid

    Finally we arrived at Girraween NP, a much vaunted location on internet sites such as virtualtourist and tripadvisor, with hopes springing eternal. At the information centre we discovered there were several walks. While I was leaning towards a longer hike, Lorraine was wont to remind me several times that we should have been here earlier as it was...

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  • Pyramid (continued)

    Eventually we reached the vegetation-free monolith. It was impressive, and it was steep. The dark rock loomed skywards to the clear blue beyond; here and there fault lines and seemingly loose boulders scarred the surface as we stepped onto the coarse grained surface.Lorraine was suffering a little from lack of condition by this time and the weather...

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  • EUCALYPTS - [GUM TREES]

    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...

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