Border walk

Bald Rock National Park

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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.

13km loop
Time suggested
5 - 6hrs
Grade 3
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Personal Locator Beacon

Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for free at the Tenterfield office.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, please ensure you are well prepared for your visit.
  • There is limited reception in this park

Beginning at the northern end of the Bald Rock picnic area, Border walk passes through creeks and swamp, rising above attractive woodlands.

When you reach the northern extent of the walk, take time to rest at the viewing site that offers a fine profile of Bald Rock.

If you walk quietly at dawn or dusk you may see grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies. If you're in the campground at night, and with a good torch, you might also see possums and gliders. In spring, boronia, banksia, grevillea and a profusion of other wildflowers brighten the woodlands of this granite country. The best time of year to visit would have to be late July, with golden wattle trees blooming.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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All the practical information you need to know about Border walk.

Track grading

Features of this track


13km loop


5 - 6hrs

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended


Short steep hills


Occasional steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Border walk starts at the main visitor area at 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 walking track and Bald Rock is via the sealed Bald Rock Road
  • From Stanthorpe take the road to Amosfield, then turn south towards Tenterfield along the Woodenbong Road.


Parking is available in the park.

Best times to visit

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


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


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


Good camping weather as the temperature rarely exceeds 30 degrees.


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

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


25°C and 28°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


15°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


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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).



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Border walk 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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