|Girraween National Park, QLD.|
There are two campgrounds in Girraween National Park: Castle Rock camping area and Bald Rock camping area. Generators and dogs are not permitted at either campground. We just managed to pre-book a site at Castle Rock. As with nearly all national park campsites in Queensland it is necessary to book online or by phone before arrival. There is a pay phone in the car park of the Information Centre but it is risky to leave booking in to the last minute as Girraween can be booked out at popular times. We were able to reserve a spot at Castle Rock, however, by the time we arrived both campgrounds were fully booked.
Castle Rock camping area has a large oval area surrounded by a low barrier where people can park their cars on the outside perimeter and set up tents in the protected area. There are 25 defined areas scattered outside the barrier for vans, campervans and camper trailers. There are no firepits but there are cordoned off areas with wood-fired BBQ's and picnic tables; bring your own wood. There are several non-potable water taps in the camping area. Best of all, are the flushing toilets and hot showers which is a bit of luxury for the standard Queensland National Park fee of only $5.95 per person per night.
|Our set-up at Castle Rock camping area, Girraween National Park|
|Bald Rock camping area, Girraween National Park|
We were pleased to observe that the wildlife hadn't been chased away by the number of people around. A cheeky Red Wattlebird was busy monitoring all the campsites. Chrimson Rosellas and Variegated Fairy-wrens were a common sight. Every evening Australian King Parrots flew in. Several kangaroos were placidly grazing opposite our van. The antics of a rather large joey was a constant source of entertainment during our stay.
|Crimson Rosella, adult (left) and immature (right)|
|This joey had a way of nagging its mother until it got what it wanted.|
|Excellent facilities and signage at Bald Rock Creek Day Use Area|
|Bald Rock Creek, where the platypus had previously been sighted.|
|Granite Arch in the afternoon sun.|
|The other side of Granite Arch.|
|Regrowth on the trees after a bush fire.|
|Wildflowers are prolific in spring|
|Traversing the granite landscape on the Bald Rock Circuit.|
|Red-browed Finch enjoying a drink.|
|Bald Rock Creek|