The Sphinx and Turtle Rock
  • Length: 7.4km

  • Duration: 3.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Pyramids Rd, Girraween

  • End: Pyramids Rd, Girraween

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  • Location: Girraween National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 253 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -28.833155

  • Longitude: 151.9364

Trail Access

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The Sphinx and Turtle Rock is a 7.4km, grade 4 Return hike located in Girraween National Park Queensland. The hike should take approximately 3.5hrs to complete.

Summary

Appreciate some of Girraween National Park’s most distinctive features and magnificent views on a walk to The Sphinx and Turtle Rock. Enter the track on the southern side of Pyramids Road, opposite the visitor information centre and branch off before Castle Rock for a mostly easy walk leading along a ridge top with some granite slabs. The Sphinx is a granite pinnacle bearing a large balancing tor, whereas Turtle Rock is a large granite monolith resembling a turtle’s back. Warning: steep cliffs and potentially slippery surfaces. Keep to the track and supervise children closely.

About the region

Girraween National Park is an area of the Granite Belt in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia reserved as a national park. Girraween is known for its spectacular flowers, dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife. Bushwalking and rock climbing are the most popular activities in the park.

The park is situated 40 km south of Stanthorpe. The southern boundary of the park is the state border between Queensland and New South Wales. It is a twin park with Bald Rock National Park, which lies across the border in New South Wales, and features Bald Rock, the second-largest monolith (after Uluru) on the continent. Curiously, South Bald Rock and West Bald Rock lie in Girraween National Park in Queensland, not in Bald Rock National Park in New South Wales.


For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Queensland.com