Grab some magnificent views from the first of Girraween's dominating Pyramids. If the climb doesn't take your breath away, the views of Balancing Rock, Second Pyramid and over Girraween National Park will.

Lookouts
Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
BBQ
Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Rainforest
1075m
Maximum Elevation
200m
Total Climb

Getting there:

Girraween NP is situated approximately 260km by road south-west of Brisbane. To reach the park, turn off the New England Highway 26km south of Stanthorpe or 30km north of Tenterfield onto Pyramids Road. The winding bitumen road continues a further 9km east through the Wyberba Valley to the park's Information Centre and day use picnic area.

An alternative road from Stanthorpe to Girraween via Eukey and Storm King Dam has some gravel sections.

Maps:

Girraween National Park

Route/Trail notes:

Follow the signposted track starting from the day use and picnic area. The track crosses over the creek on a concrete bridge along the same track as the Granite Arch track. Leave the Granite Arch track by following the signposts to the base of the pyramid. Here the track becomes quite steep - the reason for the difficulty! Keep heading up the track till you leave the forest and start up the exposed granite. The track is marked using Girraween's standard white markers. Just follow this up until you hit the top.

As with all of Girraween's granite it can become very slippery when wet and should not be attempted in damp conditions. The walk is also quite exposed so be prepared if you're wary of heights.

Make sure to check out the balancing rock on the Northern side of the summit and enjoy the views of pretty much everything else in Girraween - Castle Rock, The Sphinx, Mt Norman and even to Bald Rock in NSW.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

A good level of fitness is required to make the climb up The Pyramid as the ascent of the exposed rock face is steep and may be tiring. Take your time to rest and enjoy the view.

With so many bushwalking options in the park, why not take advantage of the excellent camping facilities at Bald Rock Creek or Castle Rock

GPS Tracks

Comments

Starts easy. Then the steps. Then the scramble up the exposed rock! Look for the white painted marks indicating the trail.
Balancing rock, the second pyramid and the 360 degree views from the top all highlights.

Mark on 24 May, 2024

The ascent to the rock base is a good exercise in itself (plenty of steps).

Wanderlust on 2 May, 2023

Had some time to kill before wi had to hike into my camp spot so took the opportunity to take in this walk on a truly glorious day. The photos never do these spots justice.

Swingsloth on 27 Mar, 2023

Easy walk; climb at the end is fun and the views are great.

Carmen on 11 Mar, 2023

Plenty of steps to get to the base of the pyramid and we saw a few wallabies, plenty of large skinks and butterflies.
I'd recommend shoes with good grip for the rock face climb as some sections are worn down from traffic and can be slippery. A bit of rock hopping towards the top.
The almost 360 views from the top are amazing. Well worth the effort. I stopped a few times to catch my breath but all in all it was a moderate hike. This is the second time I've done this hike. We stayed at the Castle Rock campsite which is really well kept, quiet and close to this hike and many others. Check it out.

Moopy Juice on 26 Feb, 2023

With Italian adventure-seeker Lucia!

Eleasa on 13 Aug, 2022

Did this walk today with my fit 77 year old father. We set out early (before 7am) and had the summit to ourselves. The neverending stairs were a killer, even in the cool of the morning, but walking up the rock face itself wasn't too physically taxing (unless you have knee/ankle issues). The first section is very steep, but if you want extra peace of mind you can veer slightly left of the dotted line and hold onto the low, rocky wall that leads you most of the way to the top. Don't give up when you reach the steep, wide passage between the rocks. The other side of this becomes much easier and the summit is just around the corner. Loved it. Will take my kids next time.

Steph T on 30 Jul, 2022

Had the opportunity to do this walk again. It has got steeper since last time, good grippy shoes and balance are essential!! Nice sunny day after the rains so great clear views and photo opportunities.

Agent86 on 9 Apr, 2022

Very enjoyable scramble in this beautiful National park. Easy trail to get to the base, although has steps towards the end. Once on the rock the trail is well marked with white paint dashes. Good grippy shoes are best because of the angle but the rock surface is rough so it grips. Unless it’s wet. Don’t attempt if it’s wet. I saw all levels of ability, from people just walking and others on all fours for parts. All age groups from young kids to retirees. Lovely views from the top. Also take the side track to the right just before summit, which leads to balancing rock (it’s not sign posted).

Olwyn on 30 Dec, 2021

Make sure you have proper hiking boots if you want to get to the top safely. Even in high quality hiking gear, I had to find alternate routes when the track was wet as it was slippery. We loved this walk for the amazing views and the steep ascent.

Anonymous on 31 Oct, 2021

Weekend with Murray. Time well spent....totally worth the time and mental hurdling to get to the top.

Donna Hooper on 18 Jul, 2021

This is perfect on a cool winter day. Can't imagine doing it during summer. Side note; you don't need to climb on all 4s it's not that steep. Although there is one section you climb over a rock if you follow the white markers.
Well maintained national park.

Maverick on 22 May, 2021

Early morning climb with my daughter (15) with headlamps to see the sunrise. Beautiful array of hues in the sky before sunrise. So peaceful and serene.

Jayne Budai on 25 Apr, 2021

Challenging steep hike up a worn granite rock face.

BeckNWood on 20 Apr, 2021

We left at 9:30am on Toowoomba show holiday and did this walk within 2.5 hrs. Quite a few other walkers on track. We loved the walk. Good gripping boots are essential! Awe inspiring drop-offs over the curves. I have climbed the Pyramid twice before in my life, and enjoyed it just as much this time. Can easily do some other tracks on the way back to the day visit centre after.

Karen on 16 Apr, 2021

A good sweaty workout in the middle of the day. Once you've reached the base of the granite slopes, simply follow the white lines. Amazing views at the top. You really should wear hiking boots with good grip, but I saw one lady do it in bare feet! In hindsight, I wouldn't recommend doing the hike in the hottest part of the day because of the heat. But that's a minor issue, all things considered.

wolfgang on 28 Dec, 2020

Great walk. We did it late afternoon to avoid the heat. Pretty scary halfway thru the rockscrambling part, but physically wasn’t really that hard. I made the mistake of turning around and looking down and almost quit! Very glad I didn’t. Definitely worth going to the top. It took us 1 hour 45 min round trip but we did spend quite a bit of time taking photos etc. Wear grippy shoes and don’t look down!

Darcy P on 5 Dec, 2020

Great walk, hot on ascent, 34 °c day, but breeze at summit. Care with open rock areas required.

Jasmine Goode on 21 Nov, 2020

Great walk, steepest one I have completed. The finally rock face scramble is very steep. Highly recommend good shoes/hiking boots and I wouldn’t attempt if wet. The walk takes about 2 and half hours including the bald rock circuit.
When the climb starts, follow the white markers for the best route to the top.

Wander on 11 Nov, 2020

Nice walk leading up to the base. It was extremely windy today so that made the climb up and down much harder. I ran down the front of the pyramid to get down. The views from the top were panoramic of the national park.

0zzyDave1234 on 26 Sep, 2020

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