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Castle Rock Walk @ Girraween National Park

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published August 21st 2019
Bush walk through gigantic boulders
An amazing apocalyptic landscape greets you as you ascend up the path towards Castle Rock Girraween National Park. Born out of a titanic volcanic eruption in ancient times to more recent fire ravages that have impacted the bush. The resultant charred trees add to the landscape's mix of new and old.

Castle Rock
Castle Rock boulders

In greener times, the landscape would have its own and very natural beauty amidst the Australian bush. Today, the enormous boulders are spread across the landscape amongst fallen trees, making for nature's very own Sculpture Park.

Castle Rock
Children love this boulder!

Castle Rock
Good signage

The walk at any time is rewarding as your meander initially up a well-provided track. At the foot of the Castle Rock, the descent becomes more a steady climb through and past the huge rocks. Nearer the summit, there is a need to clamber up near vertical granite rocks and through a small opening to a sheer sloping boulder.

Castle Rock
Through the gap...

Careful footings Is a must and it is advisable not to look down. The more hardy walkers can edge around a small ledge to the summit for 360-degree views of the National Park and beyond.

Castle Rock
...on the ridge...

Castle Rock
...for spectacular views.

Castle Rock is a good 2-hour return walk and climb of about 5 km and commences just off from the Information Centre (website link). It is just 45 minute' drive from Stanthorpe off the New England highway.
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Why? Castle Rock Walk @ Girraween National Park
When: All year
Where: Girraween National Park Information Centre, Pyramid Road, Girraween
Cost: Free
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