Mount Norman day-use area
Throw down the picnic blanket, or use one of the tables provided, and enjoy a picnic lunch in this peaceful, grassy picnic area set among eucalypt forest and surrounded by heath plant communities.
This day-use area is a great base from which to explore the park’s southern walking tracks. Set out to conquer Girraween’s highest peak, Mount Norman, or take a mountain bike ride or longer walk along the shared Peak and Creek trails to the top of Underground Creek. If you have a 4WD, cruise along Mount Norman Road north from this point to the Girraween Visitor Centre.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
The Mount Norman day-use area is in the southern part of Girraween National Park, located on the Queensland–New South Wales border, 260km by road south-west of Brisbane.
Mount Norman Road to the Mount Norman day-use area is accessible by conventional vehicles. North of the Mount Norman day-use area, sections of Mount Norman Road is suitable for 4WDs only.
From Tenterfield to southern entrance
- Drive 18km north on the New England Highway to Wallangarra.
- In Wallangarra, cross to the eastern side of the railway line, go over the railway bridge and turn left onto sealed and signposted Mount Norman Road.
- After about 2km, the road changes to gravel. Turn right across a grid and continue for 1km then turn right at the water treatment plant and enter the park.
- Drive 3.5km along Mount Norman Road to the Mount Norman day-use area.
The Mount Norman day-use area has a small car park.
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).
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Mount Norman day-use area 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
- 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
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- 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 is not provided. Bring your own drinking water.
- Treat all water before use.
- Open fires are not allowed. Bring a gas or fuel stove for cooking.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- 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 Mount Norman and the Peak trail 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.