The Sphinx and Turtle Rock

Girraween National Park

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.

Maximum Elevation

Getting there:

The walk starts from the Southern end of the Castle Rock campground following the same track as Castle Rock and Mt Norman. Follow the directions on the Girraween National Park page.


Girraween,  Bald Rock and Sundown National Parks map by HEMA.

Route/Trail notes:

Start on the same track as Castle Rock and Mt Norman.


No charge.

Other References/Comments:

Take a Walk in South East Queensland. P352


One of my favourites!!

Mackamcb on Jan, 2019

Pretty and easy meander. The view of Turtle rock wasn’t as dramatic as I was expecting or had seen in the brochure photos, which was bit disappointing. We couldn’t venture far and explore the rocks as it was drizzling making the rocks very slippery.

Syd on 12 Oct, 2018

Very nice walk, take lots of water and sunscreen it gets really hot out there. Take first aid kit too because snakes love that environment in the heat. Nice views from the The Sphinx

The Bush Bandits on 22 Sep, 2018

sooooo many steps but everyone worth it . good work out loved that there is a sign to say you have reached the end

wendy on 30 Sep, 2017

Great walk - was a hot day so glad we had plenty of water as we did Mount Norman too.

HippyDonna on 31 Oct, 2016

Not a hard walk by any means and not too long either. In saying that, it did get the heart rate going in sections on the way up. It took us about 3 hours return from memory. The Sphinx isn't overly impressive close up. It actually looks better from a distance - much like an ugly person. Overall, a good workout, but only a medium level of difficulty.
Dec, 2014

tbate54 on Dec, 2014

After climbing the Pyramids in Girraween, hiking to The Sphinx / Turtle Rock straight after was quite a stretch. The hike is full of great scenery along the way. The Sphinx provides some good photo oppotunities.

DrummerJeff on 29 Mar, 2014

a nice day out from the camp ground, a bit windy on top, take a jacket

B_T on Jul, 2012


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