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Peak trail

© Ben Blanche

Peak trail

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

Soak up spectacular views of Mount Norman as you walk or mountain bike ride through Girraween's remote forests.

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The Peak trail passes through Girraween's remote and unspoilt forests.
The Peak trail passes through Girraween's remote and unspoilt forests. © Ben Blanche
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Park Girraween
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Spend the day venturing through the park's more remote areas on foot or on two wheels. Discover unspoilt forests of New England blackbutt and Wallangarra white gums on this shared trail that is mostly easy but with some intermediate sections. Be rewarded by great views of Mount Norman, and, in spring, feast your eyes on spectacular displays of wildflowers. Listen for superb lyrebirds, Girraween's resident mimics, calling in winter.

For mountain bikers who want a longer ride, combine the Peak trail with the Creek trail.

At a glance

Distance: 10.6km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 2hrs walking time or 1hr riding time (variable depending on rider).
Grade:
Journey type: Walk, Cycle

Getting there and getting around

The Peak trail is one of the southern trails in Girraween National Park, located on the Queensland–New South Wales border, 260km by road south-west of Brisbane.

The Peak trail starts from the Mount Norman day-use area.

There are two access roads (northern and southern) to the day-use area. The southern is accessible by conventional vehicles while sections of the route along Mount Norman Road from the northern park entrance are 4WD access only.

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.
  • Turn left and drive 11km along Mount Norman Road to the Mount Norman day-use area. Sections of this road are 4WD only.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

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.

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, sections of Pyramids Road are 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 at the Mount Norman day-use area.

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

Peak trail 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

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.

Drinking water

  • There is no water provided along this track. Bring your own drinking water.
  • Tap water is provided at nearby Bald Rock day-use area.
  • Treat all water before use.

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 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.

Mountain bike riding

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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