Climbing the Pyramid // Girraween National Park (QLD)

Climbing the Pyramid // Girraween National Park (QLD)
Incredible huge landscapes with stunning viewsUnique photo opportunitiesDark skies and AstrophotographyChallenging walks and rock climbing, plenty of activities to fill a weekend
5.0MICROADVENTURE RATING

Girraween National Park in Southern Queensland has always been one of my favourite places to shoot. Its stunning landscapes and unique photo opportunities definitely make it worth the drive.


On this particular adventure, I set out with two of my good mates @jesslowis and @benleodavis just after midday hoping to catch the sunset from on top of the pyramid, one of the highlights of the park.

We arrived around 4 pm, and with the sun rapidly setting we gathered up our gear including tents and camping gear and began the hike up the pyramid.

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What we didn’t anticipate was the sheer size of this pyramid, and the steep exposed rock face we faced to get to the top. By the time we had regained our breath, the sun had set and the stars had come out to play.

Considering the area’s remoteness, the stars up there were absolutely out of this world (excuse the pun); would highly recommend doing astrophotography out here. One of the landmarks of the park, and indeed the region is ‘balancing rock’, a huge granite rock balancing precariously on top of the pyramid.

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The next morning at around 4am we woke up surrounded by a sea of fog, literally above the clouds. A sight to behold, and a morning to remember.

It was a short adventure, just over 24 hours but it was a nice escape from monotony and a special place that definitely needs to be experienced! Only 3 hours from Brisbane, an easy drive and definitely a good weekend trip if you are looking for something a bit different.

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Essential Gear

Warm clothes (it gets very cold and windy on the exposed pyramid), head torch, tend and camping gear,

How To Get There

Girraween is situated approximately 260 km by road south-west of Brisbane. To reach the park, turn off the New England Highway 26 km south of Stanthorpe or 30 km north of Tenterfield. The winding bitumen road continues a further 9 km east through the Wyberba Valley to the park information centre.

Activities

  • swimming in waterholes
  • bushwalking and rock climbing
  • daytime and nighttime photography
  • wildlife spotting
  • camping

Skill Level

Various. There are flat graded walks suitable to all skill levels, but the climb to the top of the pyramid itself is quite challenging!

Distance covered

7km return, 200m elevation gain (roughly)

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