Girraween, indigenous for ‘Place of Flowers’, is mind bogglingly stunning. One could be excused for mistaking it for a giants playground. Enormous boulders balanced precariously will leave you wondering HOW!!! Girraween National Park is a testament to the power of natural elements and time. This is a unique nature experience, one that hopefully will stay with you long after heading for home.
Location: Girraween National Park, 20 minute drive south of Stanthorpe, 3 hours from Brisbane
Walking Distance: 6km
Time: 2-3 hours
Cost/Permit: Only required if camping
Opening Times: Some tracks closed occasionally for maintenance
Facilities: Parking for dozens of vehicles, toilets, picnic tables, gas BBQ, Information Centre
What to Take:
Bald Rock Creek circuit and The Junction provide opportunity to step off the main path and explore. These tracks are suitable for most fitness levels and would be ideal to take a picnic and spend an hour or two exploring the creek and surrounds.
Bald Rock Creek circuit is a well signed, straight forward walk. The track crosses the creek in one place, with plenty of well spaced stepping stones. Numerous small cascades and pools make this a very pretty bushwalk.
The Junction is where Ramsay and Bald Rock Creeks unite. Continue 250m from this sign to explore the many rockslides and pools, white sandy beaches and waterholes. Girraween National Park has the prettiest signs in south east Queensland.
There is plenty of room to spread out and have a picnic beside Bald Rock Creek. In summer, the water holes would be a great place to cool down in.
Girraween National Park has many other tracks and rock formations waiting to be experienced. One day is not long enough to explore them all. If possible plan to spend a weekend, or even better a week! There are many accommodation options to be found in and around Stanthorpe, and of course camping is available in the national park. Make sure you pack plenty of warm clothing as nights get especially cold, even in the warmer months. King Storm Dam is worth a look see, as is popping over the border to check out Bald Rock. One day was not long enough to spend at Girraween.