The water-streaked dome of Bald Rock is the largest
granite rock in Australia — 750 metres long, 500 metres wide and 200 metres
high. The park around it is full of canyons, stone arches, echo points and
plenty of kangaroos
National Park is located in the Northern Tablelands adjacent to the Queensland
Border. The entrance is 29 km north east of Tenterfield along the Mt Lindesay
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Bald Rock is the main feature of the Park. This magnificent dome is 750m long
and 500m wide, rising 200m above the surrounding forest and is the largest
exposed granite type rock in Australia.
The rock is not a true granite, being classified as Stanthorpe Adamellite, it is
of Lower Triassic age showing marked phases in mineralogy and texture. Resultant
soils are generally poor and sandy.
Together with the adjoining Girraween National Park in Queensland and Boonoo
Boonoo National Park to the east, the region preserves land with magnificent
recreational and conservation value.
The Bungoona Walk of 2.5km leads you gently through interesting bush and huge
boulders to the summit. Follow the signs and white markings back down the
sloping rock face for a more direct descent. The climb rewards the visitor with
a full 360 degree view of the granite dotted landscape and to the north east,
the volcanic plugs of the McPherson Range and the upper Clarence River. The
sense of exposure on the saddle of Bald Rock, the view from the 1277m summit and
the ever changing colours of the rock wall make it an unforgettable experience.
A gravel access road of 5km runs from the Mt Lindesay Road to the Rest Area and
Camping Area north of the Rock. Tables, cooking galley, rubbish pits, pit
toilets, fire places and water are provided.
Run-off from the large area of bare rock produces a high moisture level to the
bush immediately around the base. This in turn produces an area of Wet
Sclerophyll forest, whereas the remainder is dry Sclerophyll forest. In addition
there are heaths on the rock & hanging swamps in lower areas. Residents include
the Swamp, Red Neck and Black Striped Wallabies, Eastern Grey Forester Kangaroo
and the Wallaroo. Various large possums, including the Greater Grey Glider may
be spotted at night. Koalas, Wombats and Dingoes have been seen. The Lyre Bird
and Satin Bower Bird are regularly observed.
Bald Rock itself and the many geomorphological features of the Park offer a
challenge to nature photographers. Just how do you capture their impact and
grandeur? The translucent new growth of the leaves in summer, the gold of autumn
and winter, the misty rain, the dew drops on the grass and Casuarinas - it is
all here waiting.
Exploring Bald Rock and its surrounds can be a unique and enjoyable experience
as there are so many interesting features for naturalists. However, as no other
walks are marked, a map and compass should be used to ensure safety. The rocks
may be slippery after rain or snow and in the mornings - especially in winter.
Suitable rubber soled footwear should always be worn when clambering over the
With care, much of Bald Rock can be explored and this is a truly unique
experience walking over the steep, exposed rock surface high above the
countryside. Clusters of boulders, canyons, wonderful echo points, caves,
beautiful and fascinating plant communities are just some of the things to be
found by the curious walker.
South Bald Rock, 5km south of Bald Rock, although not so grand, is said by many
to be even more interesting. It can be reached by taking the marked track from
the Rest Area. Allow a day for an easy walk and plenty of time to explore.
Hema Maps produce a 1:33,000 topographical map of the area titled Girraween,
Bald Rock National Park including Boonoo Boonoo National Park. This is an
excellent and current map and is available at the Tenterfield Visitors Centre.
For more information on this area please visit
A highly recommended way to see both Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo National Parks
in the one day is to relax and let Woollool Woollool Aboriginal Culture Tours
look after you. The Aboriginal guides provide comfortable air conditioned
transport, commentary on the White and Aboriginal history, bush tucker and
natural history of the area. Lunch provided. Bookings through Tenterfield
Visitors Centre or your accommodation.
Accommodation is available in Tenterfield, to the south, or in Liston, to the
north of Bald Rock. Information is available from the Tenterfield Visitors