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Little Bald Rock Walking Track, Bald Rock National Park

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Published May 7th 2021
A moderate walk on top of Little Bald Rock
Moderate hike to the top of Little Bald Rock in Bald Rock National Park on a well-signed trail rich in trees, flowers and wildlife, especially birds.

This 6.5 km return walk climbs to the top of the granite dome, where there are superb scenic views as far as Girraween National Park.

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Views from the top of Little Bald Rock. Photo by Author.


A moderate level of fitness is required to enjoy the walk, as well as some hiking experience. It is strongly recommended to wear hiking boots or hiking shoes.

The walking track heads along the base of Bald Rock, taking in refreshing forests of mountain gum and granite swellings. You may be able to spot wildlife like families of kangaroos, birds and reptiles.

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The trail starts at the Bald Rock picnic area. There is a carpark available. There is also a sign with the map of the Little Bald Rock Track and all other trails too. Photo by Author.


Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 2.5 litres of water and snacks. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals. Long sleeves and long trousers are preferable.

Put in your backpack first aid kit, insect repellent in form of cream; please avoid the spray since the aerosol created during the spraying is going to spread in the environment. Pack a raincoat, torch, tissues and phone.

During summer you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.

Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!

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Many beautiful strawflowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


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There are signs along the trail. Photo by Author.


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An aspect of the trail. Photo by Author.


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Little daisy flowers. Photo by Author.


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Everlasting daisy, native flowers. Photo by Author.


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The trees bear the marks of a recent scorching fire. Photo by Author.


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Seeds from native plants. Photo by Author.


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I called this one 'muffin rock'. Photo by Author.


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Flowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


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Lovely flowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


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On the rock towards the top of Little Bald Rock. Photo by Author.


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Keep following the trail on the rock. Photo by Author.


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The rock gets narrow towards the top. Photo by Author.


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An aspect of the trail. Photo by Author.


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Some water has collected in the rock and with time moss and little bushes started to grow like a little oasis on the granite. Photo by Author.


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An aspect of the trail. Photo by Author.


Once on the top, you can admire all around you. Then start to return making a loop. There are some pink ribbons to make it easier to follow the trail.

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Views from the top. Photo by Author.


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When descending it may be a bit hard to spot the trail on the rocks or in between the rocks. Photo by Author.


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There are some pink ribbons to mark the trail. Photo by Author.


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Damaged fence with barbed wire. Photo by Author.


The days prior to the hike, make sure to check:

Weather website: www.bom.gov.au

Park alerts:https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range

Road conditions:https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

There are many other trails starting at the picnic area of Bald Rock camping ground:

1 Bald Rock Walk, the base of the rock

Grade 3 easy, 800 m return, allow 15 minutes.

If you aren't climbing the summit of the rock, you might enjoy the first 400m (one way) of the summit walk. Starting from the picnic area this gently sloping track has a bitumen surface and will suit visitors with limited mobility. The track passes through a ferny old-growth forest and there is a good chance you'll see some of the local wildlife.

Bald Rock Summit walking track begins from the main visitor area in Bald Rock National Park.

2 Bald Rock summit walk

Grade 3 medium, (Bungoona walk) or grade 5, hard (rockface walk); 5 km return (via Bungoona walk) or 1.6 km (via the rockface walk), allow 2 hours.

If you are in for some adventure this steep walking track will take you to the top of the largest granite dome in the southern hemisphere. You will be rewarded with images of this iconic rock formation silhouetted against the expansive panorama below.
Bald Rock Summit walking track begins from the main visitor area in Bald Rock National Park.


3 Bungoona Walk

Grade 3 medium; 2km to join the summit walk, allow 1.5 hours.

Starting from the Bald Rock walk, Bungoona walking track gradually climbs through granite boulders and gum trees, providing a gentler ascent to Bald Rock summit. After walking 1.9km, you will join onto the Bald Rock summit walk and follow the marked route for the remaining 500m walk to the summit.

4 Little Bald Rock walk

Grade 4 medium, 7.6 km return, allow 3-4 hours.

Walk from the picnic area south-west along Borderlink Trail to the NSW-QLD Border. Then continue south to this large granite rock, where the walking track leaves the Border Trail and climbs up the spine of Little Bald Rock. Climbing the rock is easy and gives good views into Girraween National Park and back to Bald Rock itself. The walk loops from the peak back down to the NSW/QLD Border Trail through the boulders.

5 South Bald Rock Walk

Grade 3 medium, 14 km return, allow 4 hours.

South Bald Rock is part of Queensland's Girraween National park. The walk starts at the camping site and proceeds south along the State border past Little Bald Rock. At South Bald Rock there are interesting pockets of dry rainforest and damp woodland gullies.


6 Carrolls Creek walk


Grade 3, medium, 19 km loop, allow 8 hours.

Experienced walkers can utilise the trail networks to enjoy an all day hike taking in the best the park has to offer. Leave from the Bald Rock picnic area or Carrolls Creek Trail gateway, near the park entrance, and complete a loop around Bald Rock and Little Bald Rock, viewing than from all angles.

An alternative option is to start your walk from the Carrolls Creek Trail gateway near the park entrance and walk clockwise around the loop.


7 Border walk

Grade 3, medium; 13.7 km loop, allow 6-7 hours.

An interesting walk following fire trails and the historic border fence. The country changes from dry woodlands to upland swamps and back again. For great views of Bald Rock take the 2 km return track to the Northern viewing area and Bookookoorara Lookout.


8 Fairy Valley Walk

Grade 4, easy, 8 km loop, allow 2 hours.

A great walk for enjoying the park's stunning wildflowers displays in spring.

From the campground, follow the loop along Bookookoorara Trail and then Fairy Valley Trail back to the Bald Rock Access Road. Take care when walking along the road back to the campsite. Alternatively, you can park at the intersection of Fairy Valley Trail at Bald Rock Access Road and walk in reverse back to the campground.


For information about staying at Bald Rock Campground follow this link:

www.weekendnotes.com/bald-rock-national-park/194033


Directions

From Tenterfield take Mount Lindesay Road north and then turn left into Bald Rock Access Road and follow this for 5km to the car park and picnic area.

From Stanthorpe drive towards Amosfield, then south along the Woodenbong Road/Mount Lindesay Road towards Tenterfield. The road is partially unsealed, with the turnoff into Bald Rock Road on the right.

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Bald Rock Campground and Picnic Area
www.weekendnotes.com/bald-rock-national-park/194033

Discover Liston, NSW
www.weekendnotes.com/discover-liston-nsw


Reference

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/little-bald-rock-walking-track

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

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/bald-rock-national-park

www.meetup.com/HikingInSEQLDandMore
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Looks like some nice walks there. Great pics again.
Thanks for the article, great description. Cheers.
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