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Girraween Camping & Bush Walks - 3 days

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Let's spend Queen's Birthday long weekend at Girraween (meaning place of flowers) National Park. The park boasts massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders, clear running streams, eucalyptus forests and spectacular wildflowers in spring.

See this link for more information: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween/

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How to reach there: Girraween National Park is about 260KM (3.30 hrs) south-west of Brisbane and can be reached by conventional vehicle. From Ipswich take Cunningham Highway up to Warwick. And then take New England Highway and after passing Stanthorpe travel about 27km and turn left on Pyramid Road (there is a sign board) and travel 8km to reach Castle Rock Camping Area (it is on RIGHT hand side, look for the sign board).

Our itinerary: There are few long and shorts walks at Girraween with fantastic lookouts with panoramic views. Those who are keen hikers, they can make there own itinerary as per their capabilities. Below is just a general idea what otherwise we can do:

On Friday we would reach campsite about midday, set up our camp & have lunch, and we will set off for Bald Rock Creek Circuit & Junction (class 3 - 8kms - 3hrs return).

On Saturday We will wait for people who are coming on that day and then visit Granite Arch & Pyramid (Class 4. About 3.5km return - 2.5hrs return) & perhaps Junction again (it is beautiful place and close to camp).

On Sunday we will visit Castle Rock (requires good fitness), Sphinx & Turtle Rock (Class 4. about 10km - 4.5 hrs return).

Monday - we can have a breakfast or brunch on rocks at near by stream. Around midday we will pack up and head home.

Campsite booking: This national park camping site is quite popular during long weekends, so book early if you are serious. You would book your own site prior to trip on-line from below link by selecting 'Girraween National Park' and then 'Castle Rock Camping Area tent sites' from the drop down menus. Or ring[masked] to book your site and camping tag (fee is $5.45/person/day). There are no site numbers - hence no site sharing, just pitch your tent in open grassy area anywhere you like.

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Camp facilities: hot showers, toilets, picnic tables, water (treat before drinking) and wood barbecues. Rubbish bins are not provided and there are no powered sites. Fires are permitted in barbecues only (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply). Mobile phone coverage not available in camping area but on some uphill tracks there can be good reception.

What to bring: enough drinking water (for cooking and hiking), food & snacks for your stay, gas stove, tent, warm & water proof sleeping gear (it can be very cold during night in June), your medicine and first aid kit, camera, fire wood, printed camping tag or booking number, fun and relaxing attitude. Nearest store is Ballandean 16km before the campsite.

Note: Avoid air bed if you can - it never gets warm or put a thick blanket on it, otherwise it is like sleeping on an ice slab. Also many sleeping bags rated at -5C are for summer only. You would need a blanket on it in cold weather. Old style hot water bottle is gold.

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