Bald Rock campground and picnic area

Bald Rock National Park

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Overview

Relax over a picnic or barbecue at the base of the mighty summit, or bring a the family caravan or tent for a superb weekend’s bush camping at Bald Rock campground near Tenterfield.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 14
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, toilets
What to bring Firewood
Price

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Entry fees

Park entry fees apply (not included in your camping fees).

Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
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Sites are not marked.

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Tranquil bush settings provide thoroughly enjoyable camping spots to base your journey. Just spark up the barbecues provided for a pre-adventure nibble, or savour a shady picnic spot.

From here you can easily access walking tracks to the water-streaked centrepiece that is Bald Rock’s dome - the largest exposed granite rock in Australia.

Don’t forget your bike helmet either; you’ll be traversing through a palate of brightly coloured flowering plants on the cycling trails, as they lighten the woodlands of this granite environment.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/bald-rock-campground-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Bald Rock campground and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Bald Rock campground is in the main visitor area Bald Rock National Park very close to Bald Rock. To get there:

  • 29km north of Tenterfield on the sealed Mount Lindesay (Woodenbong) Road
  • Access to the camping area and Bald Rock is via the sealed Bald Rock Road
  • From Stanthorpe take the road to Amosfield, and then turn south towards Tenterfield along the Woodenbong Road.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Bald Rock campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Bald Rock National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Clear crisp atmosphere at this time of year offers outstanding views from the top of Bald Rock.

Spring

Wildflowers and the mild temperatures make spring a fantastic time of year for long walks and camping out.

Summer

Good camping weather as the temperature rarely exceeds 30 degrees.

Winter

Frosts and rare snow flakes overnight, followed by brilliant blue skies overhead and crisp, fresh sunny days.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

25°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

38.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

15°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-10°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

228.6mm

Facilities

  • Sites are not powered.
  • There are no showers at this campground.
  • There may be firewood at this campground, however it’s a good idea to bring your own supply.
  • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Drinking water

Treat or boil water from this site before drinking.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Check the weather before you set out, as the road to Bald Rock can become flooded during heavy local rains.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty and will require assistance.

Prohibited

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Casino (100 km)

Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country. It's set in lush pastures on the banks of the Richmond River.

www.visitnsw.com

Glen Innes (94 km)

Set in the most prolific sapphire region of Country NSW, Glen Innes hosts the annual Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show and the annual Australian Celtic Festival, and is home to the Australian Standing Stones.

www.visitnsw.com

Tenterfield (21 km)

Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889. His rousing speech is credited with being the decisive moment that set the country on its path toward Federation in 1901.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Bald Rock campground and picnic area is in Bald Rock National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A peaceful trade

Bald Rock National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming

Bald Rock also served as neutral ground for three of the Aboriginal nations of the area: the Jukambal, Bundgalung and Kamilleroi. An important trade route for these three nations, meetings and trade occurred without each nation having to journey through the other territories, as Bald Rock was considered a boundary positioned fairly between each Country.

A picture to remember

Setting a tent in Back Rock campground, Bald Rock National Park. Photo: Paul Foley

From the summit, the best views are seen across winter and autumn, when the air is freshest and the light crisp. The colours are most dramatic at dusk, as the rock face hues change beneath your feet from orange to yellow. Be sure to take your camera, a flask of coffee, and wait till the sun sets to capture a photograph worthy of your living room wall.

Conquer the granite titan

At the summit of Bald Rock National Park. Photo: Paul Foley

Bald Rock's dome is 500 metres wide and 750 metres in length, and at close to 1300 metres above sea level, it feels like a remote 'top of the world' experience from the summit. Collections of granite archways, scattered boulders, ravines roping their way through the terrain and a pile of enormous smooth granite stones balancing strangely across each other, all await your exploration. The boulders, looming in and out of view as you make your ascent towards the crown, bear the majestic title of 'Granite Titans', and it's easy to see why. Bald Rock's water-streaked dome is the largest granite formation of its kind anywhere in Australia.

  • Bald Rock Summit walking track Bald Rock Summit walking track takes bushwalkers up to the largest granite rock in Australia, with scenic views out across Bald Rock National Park, near Tenterfield.
  • Border walk The Border walk takes you from the Bald Rock picnic area to the NSW/Queensland border. Heading north, you’ll be rewarded with views from the lookout over Bald Rock.

Nature lovers

Bald Rock National Park. Photo: OEH

Following a good rain, the smells and colours of the bush really come alive; golden wattle trees bloom late in July as do wildflowers across spring, and the vibrant colours of the rock lilies, boronia and banksia are a sight to behold. Look out for the rare spotted tailed quoll, as well as possums, grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies on your tour through the park. There are several common species of snakes and lizards which you'll often see around the park's walking tracks in spring and summer.

  • Border walk The Border walk takes you from the Bald Rock picnic area to the NSW/Queensland border. Heading north, you’ll be rewarded with views from the lookout over Bald Rock.

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