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The Granites walking track is a 3km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Sturt National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
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.
About the region
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.
Tibooburra Visitor Centre is always open, self-service.
The Granites walking track starts at Dead Horse Gully campground, about 1.5km from the turn-off of the Silver City Highway just north of Tibooburra township. Parking Parking is available at Dead Horse Gully campground
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.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.