Girraween National Park

Summary

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

Popular Walks

Parent Regions

History

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

Features

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.

Access

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.

Maps

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.

Accommodation

Camping

Two National Park camping grounds are available - Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock. 

Other

Numerous other accommodation options are available in the surrounding area. Just search for accommodation in the Stanthorpe area.

More Info

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/

Medium
2.8 km return
90 mins

Underground Creek

Follow a well sign-posted trail until you reach Underground Creek. There are numerous rocks to scramble up and a small boulder cave with a waterfall to explore. The track continues around the main rock feature and up a short hill where you can stand on the lava flow rock fields on top of the rock feature.

Features of this walk include spectacular wildflowers varied birdlife and a creek that disappears beneath boulders that have fallen from cliffs above.