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 Walks

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

Girraween National Park

Comments

very slippy in the wet, would not recommend. dry clear day is ideal for this one. not challenging if youre in decent shape, if not you will struggle with the last part

Lobster on 13 Oct, 2018

Wow what a view from the top! Definitely a must do walk if you've got a taste for risk and adventure. Follow the paint up the face. Take your time going up and down the The Pyramid, the rock can be slippery if there's even a drop of water. Do not attempt if there's any chance of rain. Exposed rock + Lightning = Slippery electrifying death. 2 hours return including 15 min chill at the top.

The Bush Bandits on 23 Sep, 2018

A fantastic walk and really amazing climb to reach the top of The Pyramid. Surprisingly steep and rather challenging. My wife and I absolutely loved it though. We were lucky enough to have the summit to ourselves and it was so peaceful up there. Stunning views with beautiful surrounds. Can't wait to do it again.

Peter McMaster on 29 Jun, 2018

I enjoyed the hike to the top and back. Easier than I expected but I’ve been doing a lot of walks recently. Found coming down a bit harder at some points due to grip. Nice views at the top - especially of the second pyramid which I’d like to do at some point

Juiced Pixels on 12 Dec, 2017

Scary or what! How do you climb up or down with nothing to hang on too? With two little ones, we really had to take our time on this one, as one slip and you were gone.

F.A.B. on 5 Nov, 2017

Quintessential Girraween walk, best at sunset. Photo opportunities everywhere!

Zerpy on 27 Oct, 2017

Not for the faint-hearted!! One of the hardest but also one of the best walks I've done. The track itself is interesting and gets the heart rate up but it's the climb up the rock face that's the highlight. Not much to hold on to. Follow the white paint marks for the best route to the top. Shoes with good grip are a MUST!!! Unbelievable views. Scary but exhilarating

Tassie on 25 Sep, 2017

This is a fun climb. I have mild vertigo but made it to the top, thanks to the fissure/crevice that runs a lot of the way up, offering hand grips and some security.
The main issue when I was there was the rain. It made the rock slippery and I felt mildly unsafe in a few spots. But in the dry I think it'd be fine. People of all ages were up the top, including a lot of kids.

Rey Leon on Sep, 2017

Completed this walk/climb/scramble with my two boys over the school holiday. The short walks through the bush were lovely with a large resident Grey Kangaroo soaking up some sun right beside the track.
The climb to the top was a bit of a challenge and personally, I would avoid following the white marks in some areas and scramble over the rocks instead.
The trip back down was a bit hair raising to begin with (having a heavy back pack on didn't help), and at the time I said I would not do this one again, but now that my nerves have settled, I would do it again.

Glam78 on 30 Jun, 2017

This walk/scramble definitely got my heart rate pumping and also reminded me of my fear of heights. In saying that this would be my favourite hike I've completed thus far and not a hike I'll forget anytime soon. The rock formations, the views, the wildlife and the accomplishment of making it up and down is truly so special. MUST DO! Tip: Spend a night at Bald Rock Creek Campgrounds, you can access the track from the grounds and they have hot showers, flush toilets and clean facilities. If you're interested check out my YouTube video of our epic hike up the Pyramids. https://youtu.be/QoBnlx3rUDQ

caus_91 on 14 Mar, 2017

Loved this walk. Yes can be a bit steep if you are not used to this kind of thing. I feel its safe though as theres plenty of rocks to hold onto and support you as you climb. Beautiful view from the top. Add me on insta to see images @anzie95

Annalise Burton on 5 Jan, 2017

I'd recommend camping at Girraween National Park for a few nights so you can check out all of the great walks in this area. The pyramid is unique, as you have the opportunity to walk on a steep incline up granite. Pictures from all of my walks and climbs are on instagram @teniille

A peak a week on 26 Sep, 2016

Really nice walk with great views. Got a bit steep towards the end, wear shoes with good traction

AliT on 27 Aug, 2016

Its a fantastic walk, I am Twelve and this walk was great! The huge granite ledge was wonderful to scramble up. And the views at the top were Amazing! Definitely recommended, despite trying to find it. But it was all good :)

Flynn Wake on Mar, 2016

I didn't complete the last 5m or so -- it was at that point that I froze with fear on the bare granite slope! However from where I was, the view was still easy to appreciate when I would allow myself glimpses of it.
I never thought I was afraid of heights, but now I think I am. :)

Dvette on Jan, 2016

An amazing view from the top. Loved the climb but feel it is a little too dangerous, one slip and you could roll off the side. Bring shoes with good grip!

rob.bushman on 14 Nov, 2015

A-MA-ZING. Quite challenging climb, especially in the end, but very much worth it.

lndsmet on 8 Nov, 2015

As a 64 year old female (with fibro-myalgia) and 69 year old male it was quite a challenge but what a wonderful feeling when you come to the summit and have achieved it.

Grace on 13 Oct, 2015

This was my fourth visit to the Pyramid, the walk and views never ceases to amaze me. A true Qld gem.

surfoz on 8 May, 2015

The walk looks much harder than it is but there were a lot of toddlers running around the top. Heaps of fun with great views!

Alice on 4 Oct, 2014

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