Girraween is a national park which sits on the Queensland-New South Wales border near Stanthorpe. The park lies in the Granite Belt and is very popular for its granite landscape and wildflowers
Dr Spencer Roberts, a doctor from Stanthorpe, is largely responsible for the creation of Girraween and it's NSW neighbour Bald Rock National Park. The park started as Bald Rock Creek National Park, created in 1930 and Castle Rock National Park, created in 1932. When Napier Gunn offered his property to the government in 1966 the two parks were merged and became Girraween National Park
Wildflowers and granite scenery! That nearly sums up the main reasons people walk in Girraween. The park includes a well maintained collection of walking tracks visiting the main features.
Visit in Spring to witness spectacular wildflower displays.
The park also receives snow occasionally during Winter.
The primary access point to the park is from the New England Highway just South of Ballandean. Just follow the signposts onto Pyramids Rd, approximately 7km South of Ballandean or 11km North of Wallangarra. Pyramids Rd gives access to both Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock camping grounds and the majority of the park's bushwalking trails.
A free national park map can be downloaded from http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/media/parks_and_forests/parks/girraween_national_park.pdf
Hema maps publish a great map which covers Girraween, Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo National Parks.
Two National Park camping grounds are available - Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock.
Numerous other accommodation options are available in the surrounding area. Just search for accommodation in the Stanthorpe area.
Official website - http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween/index.html
Vanessa and Chris Ryan have a great website on Girraween with comprehensive info - http://www.rymich.com/girraween/
This circuit is ideal for a sample of Girraween’s finest features, with ample opportunity to see some of Giraween’s feathered, furred or scaly residents.
Cross Bald Rock Creek and follow it downstream along The Junction Track until it meets the track from the camping area. Use the stepping stones to cross the creek again and return to the day-use area via the camping area.
Take the gently sloping track to gaze at reflections in the still waters of Bald Rock Creek. Ground orchids, banksias, conesticks, geebungs and crinkle bushes are prominent in spring, as are the many colourful bird species living among them.
The route we took was a mix of bush tracks; fire trails and off track. There were quite a number of opportunities to replenish your water supply either at the Nat Park's camp grounds and creeks.
If time is limited, or if you prefer an easy stroll, this circuit track is ideal. Cross bald Rock Creek and wind through blackbutt and stringybark forest to Girraween's very own natural stone archway.
THIS IS AN OFF TRACK WALK<br /><br />Long way round + 1.4km Short way round and up +0.9km. Very good scrambling skills or med. rock climbing skills required. As always do not attempt to climb just before, during, just after rain as the rock face can be extremely slipperly.
Enjoy an easy walk along the northern bank of Bald Rock Creek downstream to its junction with Ramsay Creek. In dry seasons, these creeks may not run.
A must for wildflower lovers, this track is scattered in spring with superb wildflower displays. Flowering shrubs fringing the creek provide nectar for honeyeaters and parrots. Superb fairy-wrens, red-browed firetails and thornbills move through creek bank thickets seeking insects.
Grab some magnificent views from the first of Girraween's dominating Pyramids.
Branch off before Castle Rock and take an easy walk along a ridge top with some granite slabs. The Sphinx is a granite pinnacle bearing a large balancing tor, while Turtle Rock is a large granite monolith resembling a turtle's back.