Girraween National Park is re-opening most walking tracks and camping areas for Easter

Issued: 5 Apr 2019

Most walking tracks and camping areas at Girraween National Park south of Stanthorpe will re-open before Easter, following the recent wildfire and water shortage issues.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) staff have been working hard to assess and repair the park’s walking tracks and camping areas after the blaze, which started outside the park on 12 February 2019, impacted approximately 70 per cent of the park.

The Bald Rock Creek day-use area and northern walks, including the popular Granite Arch, The Pyramid and The Junction walks, were re-opened at the end of February.

Underground Creek and Dr Roberts Waterhole walking tracks were recently re-opened; and the Northern Ridge remote campsite, Haydens Flat remote campsite, Castle Rock and Mount Norman walking tracks, along with the Creek and Peak shared trails, will all re-open on 6 April 2019.

Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas will also re-open on 6 April 2019 for the school holiday period. However, the camping areas will only be operating at half capacity due to ongoing water shortages.

The Sphinx, Turtle Rock, Haydens Ridge remote campsite and all other remote campsites on the southern side of the park, including Wallangarra Ridge, will remain closed until QPWS is confident these areas are safe.

Southern Downs Regional Council has advised Mount Norman Road has been re-opened following a safety assessment.

Visitors can book their campsites online via the Queensland National Parks Booking Service.

Rangers are hopeful the park will receive substantial rainfall in coming months to help the already drought-stressed landscape recover further from the wildfire.

Locals and tourists are asked to check the latest park alerts before visiting Girraween National Park.