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Rockface Walk (Bald Rock)

Country NSW

Bald Rock National Park


Distance (kms):

2.7 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

128 m

Max. elevation (m):

1,287 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Hard (Grade 5)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A challenging and steep hike to the summit of Bald Rock, the largest exposed granite rock in Australia, where you will be rewarded with spectacular views. 

This moderately trafficked walk starts from the Bald Rock campground and picnic area at the end of Bald Rock Access Road.

From the car park, take the main track from behind the information sign. After crossing the bridge over the gully, continue straight along a well-defined trail through eucalyptus forest that shortly arrives at the base of the northern face of the rock. 

From the base, gaze up the imposing rockface and then follow a series of white markers to the summit. 

The walk up the rockface is not exposed in terms of sheer drops, but is still very steep and is unlikely to be suitable for young children or persons with limited mobility.

After mastering the steep climb, you will reach the water-streaked summit of Bald Rock, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area, including the neighbouring Girraween National Park.

You can walk for almost a kilometre from the east to west across the sprawling summit, with a range of features worth exploring, including the sloping walls of the rock, the Balancing Rocks, a directional plate and survey marker, plus more.

From the summit, which sits 1,277 metres above sea level, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views in all directions. 

To the west, you can see the main summits of Girraween National Park, including the Pyramids, Castle Rock and Mount Norman, while to the south, there are views of Little Bald Rock.

On a clear day you can even see as far north-east as Mount Barney, Mount Lindesay and Mount Ernest.

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

A popular option for those wanting to experience everything the rock has to offer, including the additional route up the rock (the Bungoona Walk), is to ascend along one route and descend along the other. 

The Bungoona Walk takes you up/down the eastern side of Bald Rock through open woodlands and incredible granite boulders and tors, including a series of stunning giant natural archways and boulder alleys. 

A tip for those wanting to view sunset from Bald Rock, but uncertain about coming down in low-light – either watch from part-way down the Rockface Walk, or bring a headlamp/torch and descend via the Bungooona Walk.

The picnic area includes toilets, BBQs and picnic tables (covered and uncovered), all nestled within beautiful forest.

Track: The Rockface Walk starts on a gravel path, but mostly involves a steep walk up the granite rockface. The route up the rockface, as well as along the summit, is marked by white dots across the granite slabs. The walk is well-signed and relatively easy-to follow.

Difficulty: This is a challenging walk, suitable for those with moderate to high fitness levels. The summit is very steep and exposed in places, with sheer drops, so caution must be exercised. The Rockface Walk is unlikely to be suitable for young children or persons with limited mobility. The summit trail can be slippery in wet weather, so sturdy shoes with good grip are highly recommended. 

Direction: This is an out-and back track that returns the way it came, however can be paired with the Bungoona Walk to form a loop track. 

getting there

This trail starts from the Bald Rock campground and picnic area at the end of Bald Rock Access Road in Carrolls Creek, 3.5 hours drive south-west of Brisbane.

The car park is typically ample for how trafficked the walk is.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

The walk is very exposed to the wind and sun, with limited shade and the granite slab can become very slippery during and after rain. Be sure to check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for updates regarding track closures.

Note that there are park fees associated with entering many national parks in New South Wales. Check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information.

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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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