Bald Rock Summit walking track

Bald Rock National Park

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Overview

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.

Where
Bald Rock National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
3.2km loop
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars

A short drive from Tenterfield, Bald Rock Summit walking track meanders through tranquil bush setting up to the summit of the water-streaked dome Bald Rock, which is the largest exposed granite rock in Australia.

Starting from Bald Rock picnic area, this walking track offer two routes – Bungoona walk and Rockface walk. Bungoona walk is a medium difficulty gravel walking track that gradually climbs through granite boulders and tors to the summit of Bald Rock.  

The Rockface walk is a hard walk, and as the name suggests, steeply climbs the rockface of Bald Rock. Follow white dots defining the best route to the summit to Bald Rock.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bald Rock Summit walking track .

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1 - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    3.2km loop

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Bald Rock Summit walking track begins from the main visitor area in Bald Rock National Park. To get there:

From Tenterfield

  • Turn right at the northern end of town onto sealed Woodenbong Road. Continue for 29km, passing Boonoo Boonoo National Park and Boonoo Boonoo River.
  • Follow the sealed Bald Rock Road for 5km to the campground and picnic area

From Stanthorpe

  • Take the road to Amosfield, then turn south towards Tenterfield along the unsealed section of Woodenbong Road.
  • Crossing Mursons and Jenner Creek, continue past Bald Rock Bush Retreat and continue for 5km to the picnic area and campground.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Bald Rock can be closed during extreme events such as flooding and bushfires.

Parking

Car and bus parking is available. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited then.

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

  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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 - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Bald Rock Summit walking track 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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