Bald Rock National Park
The water-streaked dome of Bald Rock is the largest granite rock in Australia. It's 750 metres long, 500 metres wide and 200 metres high.
A number of walks make the most of the park's granite landscape - including the track to the summit, which includes canyons, stone arches and panoramic views.
Getting there. This park is near... Tenterfield (29 km, 35 minutes), Best access routes - From Tenterfield, turn right at the northern end of Tenterfield into the signposted Woodenbong Road. Follow it north through grazing lands and forest, passing the turnoffs to Basket Swamp and Boonoo Boonoo national parks. The road crosses over the Boonoo Boonoo River and Carrolls Creek, and you'll see a sign at the junction of the Woodenbong Road and the park access road directing you into Bald Rock. Follow the paved access road for 5km to the picnic and camping areas. Road quality: paved
From Stanthorpe (Qld), take the sealed road to Amosfield across the NSW/Qld border. From Amosfield turn south and follow the Woodenbong Road towards Tenterfield. This section of the Woodenbong Road is unsealed, but is well maintained. Continue south, crossing Mursons Creek and then Jenner Creek. Pass the Bald Rock Bush Retreat, a private bush holiday establishment, and after 5km you'll see the access road into Bald Rock National Park on the right.
Road quality: unpaved sections
Vehicle entry fees. If you're driving into the park, you will need to purchase a vehicle day pass. This costs $7. The park has coin-operated 'pay and display' machines - please bring correct coins. If you're a regular visitor to NSW national parks, you can save on vehicle entry fees by buying an annual pass.
Bald Rock Camping Area (14 sites) Fees: $5.00 per adult per night, $3.00 per child per night.
Facilities & things to do. Walking tracks, Wheelchair facilities, Picnics & barbecues, Lookouts, Camping grounds
Safety in the park. Take some food and a drink on all the walks in Bald Rock National Park. Wear strong footwear and use sunscreen. Take care on the summit of Bald Rock, particularly after rain.
Culture & history. The park history since colonisation. The explorer Allan Cunningham was the first European to visit the area. In 1827 he passed through it on his return from the southern Darling Downs to Segenhoe Station in the Hunter Valley.
The area that now makes up Bald Rock National Park has been used for many purposes. Bald Rock itself was reserved for public recreation early in the 20th century, but most of the surrounding area has been used for agriculture and scattered logging.
A 200 hectare area to the east of Bald Rock was set aside for a possible sanatorium in 1917, when high altitude and fresh mountain air was thought to benefit people suffering from tuberculosis. Another area was considered for a plantation to produce wattle bark for the tanning industry. Neither of these eventuated and the intensity of agricultural land use declined after the 1930s. In the 1950s local groups installed and maintained a track to what is now the park picnic area. An abandoned mine-shaft near the eastern side of Bald Rock indicates early mineral interest in the area.
History of the park. A reserve of 250 hectares was first declared around Bald Rock on 10 February 1906. After various additions early in the 1970s, the area was declared a state park on 12 November 1971 and as Bald Rock National Park in 1974.
Since then several other additions have been made, including one of 1500 hectares in 1987 linked Bald Rock with Girraween National Park in Queensland. The most recent addition was that of the Jenner State Forest in 1990 as part of the Regional Forest Assessments program. This brought the total area of Bald Rock National Park to 8797 hectares.
Bald Rock National Park conserves a range of plant communities including tall moist forest, gully open forest, grassy open forest, woodland, heath and sedgelands. It now protects a significant part of the far Northern Tablelands bio-region and offers a range of recreational opportunities.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
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