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First Pyramid & Granite Arch

Southern Downs

Girraween National Park


Distance (kms):

3.9 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

165 m

Max. elevation (m):

1,070 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Hard (Grade 4)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A must-do when visiting Girraween, taking in some of the most famous landmarks in the park, including Balancing Rock and the Granite Arch.

This moderately trafficked walk starts from the trailhead at the Bald Rock Day Use Area on Pyramids Road.

The walk combines the Granite Arch and First Pyramid walks, which can be completed separately but share considerable distance.

The track begins relatively flat. Follow signs to First Pyramid, crossing Bald Rock Creek and then following signs to the Granite Arch.

Marvel at the natural architecture as you approach Granite Arch, a giant granite boulder lofted up by two other rock formations, providing a natural archway which you walk through.

Continue along the path, following signs for First Pyramid. The path becomes much steeper, with a considerable number of steps, as you make your way through open eucalypt forest.

The vegetation clears and a steep, slabby granite section lies ahead. 

Follow the white markings as you head straight up. This section is steep and somewhat exposed and may test those who are not confident with heights or who have balance issues but should be suitable for most fitness levels if you take your time.

At the top, the terrain levels out and spectacular views to Second Pyramid are awarded, as well as the ever-photogenic Balancing Rock.

A short scramble (not exposed) takes you to the true summit, with uninterrupted 360 degree views of the park, including Castle Rock, Mount Norman, the Sphinx and Turtle Rock.

The views are particularly amazing at sunrise and sunset, when the golden light shines on the park.

A tip for those wanting to view sunset from the Pyramid but uncertain about coming down in low-light – head to the bottom of the slabby section and watch sunset from here – it is still a beautiful view.

Track: Graded paths and white paint markings on slabby sections, the track is well-signed and easy to follow.

Difficulty: Although steep in parts, with a large number of steps, the track is suitable for most fitness levels with sufficient time. The slabby section is somewhat exposed and may test those less confident with heights or with balance issues. Sturdy shoes with good grip are highly recommended.

From the summit, and various locations along the track, there are sheer drops, so caution must be exercised.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.

getting there

The trailhead is located in the Bald Rock Day Use Area on Pyramids Road in Girraween, 3.25 hours drive south-west of Brisbane.

Parking is typically ample.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round, however the track, in particular the summit, is very exposed to the sun and should be avoided during the hottest part of the day during warmer months.

Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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