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The Granites walking track

Sturt National Park

Overview

Explore the geological history of Sturt National Park along The Granites walking track. See wildflowers, kangaroos and lizards as you walk over the ancient boulders.

Where
Sturt National Park
Distance
3km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There is a 4km loop if you’d like a slightly longer walk.
  • Check the weather before you travel to Sturt National Park as roads may be closed following rain.
  • This park is in a remote location, please ensure you are thoroughly prepared, wearing appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member of friend of your travel plans.

While the ancient volcano at Sturt National Park never erupted, evidence of its efforts to do so is unmistakable in the form of enormous granite boulders that dot the landscape.

The granite boulders, or the Granites as they are known locally, were formed when magma was pushed up into gaps and cracks in the earth’s surface. You can explore the Granites along the Granites walking track, a journey that will take you over the top of these ancient boulders that are estimated to be around 450 million years old.

Whether you choose to hike the 3km or 4km loop, you’ll see desert bloodwoods and the vibrant red of Sturt’s desert peas along the track; a striking contrast to the giant boulders. You might also see bearded dragons, beaked geckos and stumpy tail lizards basking on warm rocks in the sun, and depending on the season and recent rainfall, there may be kangaroos grazing on the grassy plains.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Sturt National Park in the Outback NSW region
  • Sturt National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Tibooburra
      (08) 8091 3308
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Briscoe Street, Tibooburra NSW
    • Fax: (08) 8091 3309
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See more visitor info
Windmill in Sturt National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH