GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK, THE GRANITE BELT: HOME TO THE GIANT BOULDERS
Girraween National Park, the home of the Granite Belt. Best known for its spectacular landscapes: massive granite outcrops, large angular tors, and the well-balanced boulders. But also home to an abundance of wildflowers, and the reason behind its name; Girraween, meaning ‘lace of flowers’.
Located around 280km from the Gold Coast and 250km from Brisbane. Depending on the time of the year the drive out can also bring a few adventures along the way. Summer holds the beautiful sunflower fields in along Allora and Warwick. Stanthorpe is spectacular in Autumn; rich in fall colours, and the harvest season for picking the delicious Stanthorpe apples. Spring showcases the apple blossoms, vines and wildflowers. It is also the time for wine tasting! Make sure you check out the Granite Belt Primavera Festival.
We chose to stay at Girraween Environmental Lodge. The property has plenty of amazing bushwalks starting from as close as your own doorstep. Walks take you up to the property’s private rock formations, a waterfall and some rock pools. Spot the kangaroos and wildlife along the way.
In summer enjoy their outdoor spa and pool, whereas in winter snuggle up with a local bottle of wine by the warm outside fire pit.
Camping options at Girraween National Park are also available.
The entrance to Girraween Nation Park is 3.5km away from the cabins. The park has lots of hiking options. We walked with the kids (6 and 11 years old) to the pyramid; the famous balancing rock. A 3.6km return trip. The track starts off gentle and gradually turns to stairs, followed by an exposed rock face. The rockface can be slippery when wet. I’d advise doing the climb in dry weather. Take some food up to the top. Stop, re-energise and enjoying the spectacular views.
The stairs and the rock face are aimed at a reasonable fitness level and are not for small children.