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"Place of flowers" in the Aboriginal language. Average height of the
park is 900 m. It is on the northern end of the New England Tableland.
It is situated about 37 km south of Stanthorpe. It encompasses eucalypt forest and heathland, and as many as 146 species of bird have been seen here. In spring it is carpeted with wildflowers.
Apart from the wildflowers, the most spectacular feature of this NP is the massive granite outcrops and a number of huge boulders balanced precariously on others. There is also a granite arch formed from these boulders.
Girraween National Park
What's special?Huge granite boulders tower above open forests in this spectacular park nestled on the Queensland/New South Wales border. Few parks can match the spectacular wildflower display seen in this park every spring.
Bracing winter temperatures, outstanding wildlife and picturesque granite and creek scenery make Girraween a special place. The park’s wildlife includes plants and animals rarely seen elsewhere in the state, such as the common wombat, spotted-tailed quoll, turquoise parrot and Wallangarra white gum.
Girraween was known as “the meeting place” to the Aboriginal people who lived in and passed through this area. Former vineyards and fruit farms are now part of the park.
Exploring GirraweenEnjoy a bush picnic by Bald Rock Creek. Barbecues, toilets and picnic tables are provided. Go for a scenic drive through the park to Storm King Dam and Stanthorpe or to the quiet picnic area behind Mt Norman. Toilets and picnic tables are provided here.
Stay in secluded bush campsites at Bald Rock Creek campground or shady campsites at Castle Rock campground. Both have tent, campervan, motorhome and large group sites, hot showers, washing tubs, picnic tables and barbecues. Take your own firewood or purchase it outside the park. Book early, especially for Christmas, Easter, long weekends and school holidays. Visitors must bag and remove all rubbish.
Go backpack camping and visit Bald Rock National Park just next door. Apply for a bush camping permit at least 10 days in advance. Restrictions apply to group size and numbers.
Take your camera and binoculars and go wildlife watching. See kangaroos, brushtail possums and many colourful birds. Go birdwatching early morning or late afternoon or try spotlighting at night. Enjoy the colourful wildflower displays in spring.
Climb The Pyramid or Castle Rock for 360-degree views over the park and surrounding farmlands. Be careful swimming in the cold water at Girraween. Hidden underwater boulders and slippery rocks can be dangerous.
Find out more about the park in the information centre or join a ranger-led slide show, spotlight tour or guided walk in holiday times.
WalkingGirraween is a great park for bushwalking with 17km of graded walking tracks and many fire trails taking you to the park’s best features. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Choose your walk carefully. Signs at the start of every track explain that some walks require considerable stamina. WARNING: granite rocks are slippery when wet. Wear sturdy shoes with good grip.
Getting thereGirraween is 260km or three hours’ drive south-west of Brisbane via the New England Highway. Turn off the highway 18km north of Wallangarra or 40km south of Stanthorpe and drive 8km to the information centre. The drive to the Mt Norman picnic area through Wallangarra takes about half an hour. Ask the ranger for directions.
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