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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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