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Published May 6th 2021
Bald Rock Campground is a great base for your adventures
Great campground to pitch your tent or stay in your caravan, Bald Rock Campground and Picnic area is an excellent base for your adventures, to stay for a weekend or few days with your family or your friends.

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The beautiful trees with the autumn colours in Liston. Photo by Author.


Directions

From Brisbane City is about 3 hours and 20 minutes, about 244 km.

From Ipswich, drive onto the Cunningham Hwy to Warwick. From here, drive onto Warwick -Killarney Rd and turn onto Cullendore Rd. Cullendore Rd is a sealed road except for brief sections. Turn right onto Mount Lindesay Rd and then turn right onto Bald Rock Access Rd.

From north of Tenterfield drive 30km on the sealed Mount Lindesay (Woodenbong) Road, access to the camping area and Bald Rock is via the sealed Bald Rock Road.

From Stanthorpe, take the sealed road to Amosfield and then turn south towards Tenterfield along the sealed Woodenbong Road.
The roads are good for conventional vehicle 2WD.

Parking is available at Bald Rock campground.

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An abandoned cottage just before Liston, along the Mount Lindesay Rd, in NSW. Photo by Author.


Bald Rock Campground is about 30 minutes drive, about 34 km, from Tenterfield, in New South Wales. It is a beautiful scenic drive in the countryside.

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The peculiar Australian countryside, along the Mount Lindesay Rd. Photo by Author.


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A big sign of the Bald Rock National Park just off Bald Rock Access Rd. Photo by Author.


From the campground, there are lots of easily accessible walking tracks, including the water-streaked centrepiece that is Bald Rock's dome, the largest exposed granite rock in Australia.

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Bald Rock, in Bald Rock National Park. Photo fromhttps://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/bald-rock-national-park.


Bald Rock is in very tranquil bush settings providing 14 camping sites with tables, benches and barbecue. The sites are not numbered, you just choose a camping site.

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There is an informative board sign in the campground. Photo by Author.


Some of the camping sites are spacious to accommodate more than one car, camper trailers and caravans.

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Life in a tent for a few nights, cooking under the stars and relax around the fire. Photo by Author.


Relax with a picnic or light the fire in the designated fireplace for a barbeque.

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The practical fireplace has handles to attach pots and it has a bbq tray. Photo by Author.


Facilities include picnic tables, barbeque, carpark space, tap water but the water needs to be boiled before drinking it. Some of the firewood is provided but bring your own milled wood. Sites are not powered and there are no showers at this campground Rubbish bins are not available, please take rubbish with you when leaving.

As of 1st of June 2020, you need to book in advance if you plan to stay at a NSW national park campground or campsite. This is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

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The campground has a shed with a table, benches and free bbq; bring your own illumination in the evening since the shed doesn't have any light source. Photo by Author.


You must book a camping site online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
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Setting up the camping site. Photo by Author.


Also, there is an entry fee for your vehicle; the park vehicle entry in not included in the camping fee.

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A spacious camping site. In Bald Rock Campground the sites are not numbered. Photo by Author.


Best times to visit

There are lots of great things to do in Bald Rock National Park.

Autumn: the clear crisp atmosphere at this time of year offers outstanding views from the top of Bald Rock.

Spring: wildflowers and the mild temperatures make spring a fantastic time of year for long walks and camping out.

Summer: Good camping weather as the temperature rarely exceeds 30 degrees.

Summer temperature: Average 25C and 28C
Highest recorded 38.8C
Rainfall Wettest month January
The area's highest recorded rainfall in one day 228.6mm

Winter: Frosts and rare snowflakes overnight, followed by brilliant blue skies overhead and crisp, fresh sunny days.
Winter temperature Average 15C and 18C
Lowest recorded -10C
The driest month is August.

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Autumn flowers in the campground. Photo by Author.


I went camping in Bald Rock Campground in autumn. It was fantastic! The mornings and the late afternoon were cool and the nights cold.

It was awesome sitting around the fire with a hot drink. I took with me a sleeping bag suitable for cold nights and spare blankets. Also, I had with me a winter jacket to wear in the mornings and in the evenings.

There were many beautiful flowers in the campground and on the hiking trails. The birds were out and about, especially small finches.

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One of the many flowers in the campground. Photo by Author.



Camping safely

There are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks.

Check if there's any park alerts or closures before you go.

Check the weather before you set out, as the road to Bald Rock can become flooded during heavy local rains.

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you'll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Check that your camping equipment is in working order.

COVID-19 safe camping

Bring water, hand soap, hand wipes, cleaning products, and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene.

Be mindful of common touchpoints like taps, picnic benches and barbecues.

If you are unwell, stay at home.


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Members of the Group Hiking South East Qld and more. Photo by Author.


Campfires

Follow all fire safety information during park fire bans and total fire bans and download the Fires Near Me mobile app, especially in summer.

Only light fires in designated fireplaces.

Do not leave fires unattended. Completely extinguish all fires before you leave an area or go to sleep.

Campfires should not be used to incinerate rubbish. Fire doesn't destroy aluminium foil, and plastics release toxic gases when burned.

Dead wood provides valuable habitat for native animals. Please don't break branches or collect fallen timber for fires.

The use of chainsaws is not permitted.

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Put the fire out before you leave the area or go to sleep. Photo by Author.


Cooking and heating

Never use gas stoves or fuel burners to heat your tent.

Never cook inside a tent or enclosed camping spaces.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur from the combustion of fuels such as petrol, oil, gas and wood in areas with little or no ventilation, including tents and caravans.

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Tents in the camping site at Bald Rock. Photo by Author.


Be a considerate camper

The safety of other park visitors, native wildlife and the environment is important too. Domestic animals pose a danger to native animals and are not permitted in most NSW national parks. Please leave your pet with a friend or family member.

Generators are prohibited, Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted.

NSW national parks are no-smoking areas.

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Sunset behind the trees at Bald Rock campground. Photo by Author.



Reference

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/bald-rock-campground-and-picnic-area

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/lesser-known-campgrounds

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list

www.bom.gov.au

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/bushwalking-safety/think-before-you-trek/trip-intention-form
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