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Girraween National Park

Girraween is an Aboriginal word meaning “place of flowers”, and you will see why as the granite landscape transforms with colour.

Highlights

Wake up to the sound of kookaburras in one of the park’s designated or approved bush camping areas.

A birdwatcher’s paradise, Girraween National Park is home to over 150 different species of birds.

Marvel at the huge granite boulders and surreal landscape carved out by nature since time began.

Take time to fully explore the nearly 30 km of walking tracks throughout the park.

Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive wombat.

Best time of year to visit

Watch the park come alive in winter, spring and summer. In July the wattle trees are the first to burst into bloom, transforming the views instantly.

However it is in September and October when the true show starts. The native wildflowers, not be outdone, provide a spectacular show every year.

Girraween is an Aboriginal word meaning “place of flowers”, and you will see why as the granite landscape transforms with colour.

Summer is when trees such as bottlebrushes, eucalypts and paperbarks bloom, again altering the landscape.

Climate

The altitude and distance from the coast, means Girraween National Park has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn bring mild, pleasant days and cool evenings, perfect for enjoying the walks available.

Summer temperatures are warmer and should be considered when planning longer walks during this period.

Winter nights can get cold. Snow is not unusual in the park, and a little sleet is usually experienced at least once every year.

Girraween National Park – A Natural Paradise

Girraween National Park is located just outside of Stanthorpe in the Darling Downs’ Granite Belt. Dr Spencer Roberts, a GP based in Stanthorpe, became convinced the long-term survival of Australia’s fauna was dependent on the protection of their habitat.

He lobbied the government, submitting applications to have the area declared a national park. In 1930 Bald Rock Creek National Park was created, and Castle Rock National Park two years later. The two separate parks totalled 1,600 hectares and were known as Wyberba National Park.

In 1966 Napier Gunn, who owned 52.4 hectares between the separate parks, offered his property to the government. The government accepted, the parks were joined and renamed Girraween National Park. Further land was purchased in 1977 and again in 1979, increasing the area of the Park to 11,300 hectares. A final acquisition occurred in 1980 and the park was enlarged again to its current size of 11,800 hectares.

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