Girraween means “place of flowers” in the indigenous Kambu-wal people’s language. Seven hundred floral species have been identified across this southern Queensland park but the major attraction is fantastic geology. Girraween National Park and neighbouring Bald Rock National Park, over the NSW border, together protect about 17,000 hectares of granite outcrops, tors and boulders, country found nowhere else in Queensland. Seventeen kilometres of walking tracks make Girraween a great place to get “stoned” on a bushwalking Queensland holiday!
Unlike its counterparts in Egypt, Girraween’s Pyramid has no internal burial chamber. Nor does the granite dome rising 200m above Bald Rock Creek have stepped sides. Instead, the 1.8km walk to the top involves a steep climb up exposed granite slopes that can be slippery when wet.
You do it for sweeping views to The Sphinx, Turtle Rock, The Castle, and Mt Norman (1267m), the park highpoint, all accessible on other walking tracks. And to stand in the lee of Balancing Rock, and perhaps wonder how long it will be before this massive boulder loses its grip and rolls to the bottom!