The Pyramid – Girraween National Park

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The morning starts out as a crisp 2 degrees. The sun is shining and after stuffing myself silly at Anna’s Restaurant last night I am need of a walk. We stop in town to pick up some food for a picnic lunch and drive the 25 minutes out to Girraween. It is a beautiful day and we decide we will walk to the top of the Pyramid. The wattle is in bloom and creates a beautiful contrast between the green of the trees and the greys, browns and rusty orange of the granite. Girraween means a “place of flowers” in aboriginal.

I love the way weathering and erosion have sculpted the granite in this park. Nature really is an amazing artist, carving this rock here, slicing that rock through and scooping that hollow there. The end result being seemingly gravity defying balancing acts of boulders and rocks. Striking formations that encourage you to climb, wander and explore.

 

The Pyramid - Girraween National Park
View of the Pyramid from the Bald Rock Creek day use area
Creek Crossing - Girraween National Park
Crossing Bald Rock Creek at the start of the walking track

 

We cross the bridge over Bald Rock Creek which is flowing fast after recent rains and make our way to the start of the Pyramid track. The 3.6 kilometre (return) walk to the summit begins as an easy flat walk meandering through bushland. Then the stairs begin, taking you up to the base of the granite dome. The final ascent is quite steep (take care with the little ones). We stop a few times to take in the view as we climb higher above the tree line to let Harry have little rests, although he seems happy to lead the way, eager to reach the top.

 

The Pyramid - Girraween National Park
The final climb up the Pyramid

 

Time for a Rest - Girraween National Park
Having a rest and admiring the view half way up the Pyramid

 

As we approach the summit we detour a little around to the northern side to see the balancing rock and views of the second pyramid. The climb to the summit is worth it.  We sit awhile eating some morning tea and take in the impressive views of the rest of the park including Castle Rock, the Sphinx, Turtle rock and Mt Norman and neighbouring Bald Rock. I have done this walk a few times now and never tire of it.  I could sit up here for hours but there are more things I want to do today, so it’s time to begin our decent.

 

Balancing Rock - Girraween National Park
Detour around to the balancing rock with views to the second pyramid in the backgound
Balancing Rock - Girraween National Park
Balancing Rock – Girraween National Park
Morning tea on the Pyramid - Girraween National Park
Morning tea while taking in the views from the top of the Pyramid
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Views from the summit of the Pyramid over Girraween National Park

 

View of the second Pyramid - Girraween National Park
View of the second Pyramid
Exploring the near the summit of the Pyramid - Girraween National Park
Exploring the near the summit of the Pyramid

 

The walk down is steep and gives the thighs and knees a solid work out. Harry can attest to this as he complains that his legs are tired and can he please have a piggy back for a bit? We are back on the flat now so Chris complies with his request.

 

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The decent
Walking back down the Pyramid - Girraween National Park
Walking back down the Pyramid

 

The Bald Rock Creek day use area from which many of the walks in the park originate is very pretty and well equipped with picnic tables, barbeques and toilets. We enjoy some lunch and decide it is time to visit a winery or 3. First stop Pyramid Road Wines…

To be continued in next post.

 

Have you been to Girraween National Park? Have you climbed the Pyramid?

 

At a Glance

walkfix Girraween National Park:
Located on the Qld/NSW border 260 km south west of Brisbane. It is 25 minutes from Stanthorpe. The Pyramid walk is 3.6 kms return. Allow 2 hours. http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween/about.html

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6 Responses

  1. I would LOVE to do this walk! Maybe I can borrow your kiddy backpack for Sofie?

    • It’s one of those walks that while not very long, is still very rewarding. Yes you can definitely use my baby carrier 🙂

  2. I love all the pictures, but particularly the pictures with Harry in them! I also love how you wrote in the first blog, that you are still able to do the things you loved pre-children, and you are honest enough to admit they are not the same. So many parents I know state “they wont travel until the children are older” or they ship the kids off to the grandparents, in fear that the holiday will be “Too hard” or ruined because of the child/children being there. As I read your second and third blog, the words “seeing things through Harry’s eyes” continues to resinate and I think it is wonderful! I hope other parents out there jump on board, what an experience for all of you! Look at the views young Harry has already witnessed – Brilliant…keep sharing.

    • Thanks Susan, I really do think it is worth making the effort to go away with the little ones. Yesterday Harry was telling me how on our next holiday he would like to go to a museum, climb a mountain, jump on a jumping pillow, go to Stanthorpe, the Flinders Ranges and the Great Ocean Road because that is the holiday he likes best. Made me laugh as all those things are a bit far apart and we did them on different trips but good to see he’s starting to build memories from our experiences.

  3. Hi Amanda,
    Your blog looks great! I’ve just started a similar one and wrote about Girraween too! I love that place. Stanthorpe in genral is a fabulous escape. I love all the local produce. i can’t wait to get back and do some more walks at Girraween (Castle Rock etc). We only did the Pyramid. Pics are great. Best wishes with your blog! Jane

    • Hi Jane,
      Thanks for the positive comments. Yes Girraween is great. I have done them all except for Mount Norman. Will write about them too eventually. Bald Rock is another great one in the area to do. Had a quick look at your blog, looks good! Will have a closer look when I have a bit more time. Good luck with your blog too. Its very rewarding isn’t it?
      Cheers,
      Amanda

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