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Castle Rock camping area

Lise Pedersen

Castle Rock camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Hot showers No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
Wood barbecues (BYO wood) No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

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Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Hot showers No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
Wood barbecues (BYO wood) No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

Set up home in this ideally-located camping area, with scattered shady trees and views to Girraween's signature peak.

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Castle Rock camping area has sites suitable for tents, camper trailers, caravans and motorhomes.
Castle Rock camping area has sites suitable for tents, camper trailers, caravans and motorhomes. © Queensland Government
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You will be spoilt for choice at this large open camping area, which provides enough space for caravans, motorhomes, buses, camper-trailers and tents. It’s the perfect spot if you're travelling with a large group.

Relax against the backdrop of views to The Pyramid and Castle Rock and let the forest symphony of birdsong help you to relax and unwind from a day on the road. Watch eastern grey kangaroos grazing on the grassed areas and listen to the abundant birdlife in the forest canopy. After relaxing under the shade of a eucalypt, it won't take you long to feel immersed in nature.

At a glance

Camping layout: Separate unnumbered sites
Site surface: Hard decomposed granite soil, dirt and grass.
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; camper trailer; caravan; campervan; motorhome
Facilities: picnic tables
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

Castle Rock Creek camping area is in Girraween National Park, located on the Queensland–New South Wales border, 260km by road south-west of Brisbane.

Castle Rock camping area is situated 100m south of the Girraween Visitor Centre, on the southern side of Pyramids Road. There are two access roads (northern and western) to the centre, both accessible by conventional vehicles. Pyramids Road links the northern and western park entrances.

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 on Pyramids Road to the camping area.

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 on Pyramids Road to the camping 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.
  • 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 but in some cases, it is not possible to park near your tent site.

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

The Castle Rock camping area amenities block are suitable for visitors in wheelchairs.

When to visit

Opening hours

Castle Rock camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

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

Seasonal closures

Parts of Castle Rock camping area may be closed from time to time for regeneration.

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

Camping permits

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.

Camping

  • Bring warm clothing and sturdy foot wear, and be prepared for cold changes in the weather at any time.
  • It's best to book camp sites early.
  • Generators are not permitted.
  • Be considerate towards other visitors and keep noise levels to a minimum.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Drinking water

  • Tap water is provided at Castle Rock camping area.
  • Treat all water before use.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed.
  • Wood-fired BBQs are provided.
  • Bring your own cleaned, milled firewood as you can't collect wood from the bush.
  • Dispose of your barbecue ashes by wetting down and taking to waste transfer station). Ash must not be dumped in the camping area or bush.
  • We recommend fuel stoves for cooking.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

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.
  • You need a reasonable level of fitness to walk The Sphinx and Turtle Rock, Castle Rock and Mount Norman tracks as the ascents of exposed rock faces are steep and tiring. Avoid climbing these walks when wet as summits have steep cliffs and potentially slippery surfaces.
  • 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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