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Bald Rock Creek circuit

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Bald Rock Creek circuit

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping

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Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Walk among native wildflowers, explore rock pools, and witness the overpowering beauty of Girraween’s landscape on this creek-side meander.

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Discover water-sculpted rocks along Bald Rock Creek circuit.
Discover water-sculpted rocks along Bald Rock Creek circuit. Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
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Cross Bald Rock Creek and follow it downstream. Discover rock pools hidden among tall eucalypts as you wind along the creek bank to the intersection with The Junction. Admire the intricate patterns carved into the rocks by the water's flow and look for butterflies flitting about colourful bottlebrush trees. During spring, enjoy the wildflower display that attracts a vibrant array of birds.

Use stepping stones to cross the creek again and continue past the Bald Rock Creek camping area and the Girraween Visitor Centre to return to the day-use area. Add a 250m detour to your circuit to take in the majestic Granite Arch.

At a glance

Distance: 2.2km circuit (the same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 1hr walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

Bald Rock Creek circuit is one of the northern walks in Girraween National Park, located on the Queensland–New South Wales border, 260km by road south-west of Brisbane.

Bald Rock Creek circuit begins at the Bald Rock Creek day-use area. There are two access roads (northern and western) to the day-use area, both accessible by conventional vehicles.

From Brisbane to western entrance

  • Drive about 220km south-west along the New England Highway via Warwick to Stanthorpe.
  • Continue 26km along the New England Highway to Wyberba (30km north of Tenterfield).
  • Turn onto Pyramids Road and follow this winding bitumen road through the Wyberba Valley 6km east to the western park entrance.
  • Drive about 3km to the Bald Rock Creek camping and day-use areas.

From Brisbane to northern entrance

  • Drive about 220km south-west along the New England Highway via Warwick to Stanthorpe.
  • Turn onto Sugarloaf Road, which turns into Eukey Road and drive about 15km via Storm King Dam towards Eukey.
  • About 1km before Eukey, turn onto Breens Road, drive 2.5km then turn onto Pyramids Road and drive about 6km to the northern park entrance.
  • Drive about 4km to the Bald Rock Creek camping and day-use areas.

From Tenterfield to southern entrance

  • Drive 18km north on the New England Highway to Wallangarra.
  • In Wallangarra, head north-west and continue on the New England Highway, then turn onto Pyramids Road and drive to the Bald Rock Creek day-use area.

Road conditions

  • Pyramids Road (western entrance) is bitumen from the New England Highway into the park as far as the Girraween Visitor Centre.
  • North of the visitor centre, Pyramids Road is unsealed to the northern park entrance.
  • The roads from Stanthorpe to the northern park entrance via Eukey and Storm King Dam have some gravel sections.
  • Mount Norman Road through the park is unsealed with some sections suitable for 4WD only north of the Mount Norman day-use area.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

Parking is available at the Bald Rock Creek day-use area nearby, or near the Girraween Visitor Centre.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are available from Stanthorpe (25km from the northern entrance), Ballandean (14km from the western entance) and Wallangarra (4.5km from the southern park entrance).

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Bald Rock Creek circuit is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Not far from the Queensland–New South Wales border, Girraween National Park has more in common with cooler southern climes than with the Sunshine State. Crisp winter weather provides skies of blue and picturesque morning frosts. Spring conditions entice an amazing display of wildflowers and wildlife.

Be prepared for cold changes any time. Girraween National Park is pleasantly cool most of the year round. Winters are usually dry and cold with frosty nights reaching an average minimum of -4°C. Summers days are a warm 25–30°C with cooler nights averaging 15–18°C.

Most rain falls between November and March with an average annual rainfall of 850mm per year.

Permits and fees

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

None. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Drinking water

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Walking

  • Do not pick the wildflowers. Remember everything in the park (living or dead) is protected—including wildflowers, wildlife, and even rocks and timber.
  • Keep to designated walking tracks. They lead you to the more outstanding features without damaging the park.
  • Be very careful in rainy and windy conditions—granite rocks become extremely slippery when wet.
  • Choose walks that suit the capabilities of your entire group.
  • You need a topographic map when walking remote tracks.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Around water

  • Never dive or jump into Bald Rock Creek. The water flow varies and submerged rocks and logs are dangerous.
  • Do not use soap and detergent in Girraween National Park's creek and waterholes—they pollute the water.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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