Whether you prefer to step it out for a leisurely walk, hike to the highest point, spin the pedals along a trail, or buckle up in the 4WD, Girraween National Park has it all.
It’s not just about increasing the heart rate, either – there’s two day-use areas to throw down the picnic blanket or fire up the barbeque, and a creek to cool down on a hot summer’s day.
If you plan on tackling the pièce de résistance of climbs (aka Mount Norman), you’ll need to park the car at the Mount Norman day-use area.
This four-kilometre, Grade 4 trek is sure to test any experienced hiker, with rock climbing experience required to reach the top.
If the park’s highest peak isn’t calling, step it out along The Sphinx, Turtle Rock, or Castle Rock for alternative Grade 3 and 4 trails.
Choose the northern part of Girraween National Park for easier walk options from Bald Rock Creek day-use area and the Visitor Information Centre – including the 280-metre Wyberba Walk and the 1.2-kilometre Dr Roberts Waterhole.
Get insider’s knowledge before you hit the trails at the Visitor Information Centre, where you can learn about the landscape and local wildlife. Be sure to plan ahead if you’re visiting during school holidays for a chance to join one of the ranger-guided walks.
Where to stay?
With two camping grounds suitable for tents and trailers, as well as seven remote bush camp locations – there’s plenty of options to DIY your accommodation at Girraween National Park.
Prefer the camping comforts of toilets, a shower, barbeques, and picnic tables? Head to Castle Rock, which offers non-powered sites suitable for camping and camper trailers; otherwise, Bald Rock Creek provides the same luxuries, albeit sans showers.
If your accommodation on wheels comes in the form of a caravan or motorhome – you’ll need to navigate your way to Castle Rock which is better suited for bigger rigs.
While there are seven remote bush camps to choose from, you’ll need to obtain a camping permit and make sure you brush up on your navigation skills before setting off, as they are not signposted.
For a more luxurious overnight for your Girraween National Park experience, book a cabin or cottage in Stanthorpe.