Bald Rock National Park
Bald Rock National Park is located in the Northern Tablelands adjacent to the Queensland border. The entrance is 29km north east of Tenterfield, along the Mount Lindsay Highway.
Bald Rock is the main feature of the park. This magnificent dome is 750m long and 500m wide, rising 200m above the surrounding bushland and is the largest exposed granite type rock in Australia.
Strictly speaking the rock is not a true granite being classified as "Stanthorpe Adamellite". It is of Lower Triassic age showing marked phases in mineralogy and texture. Resultant soils are generally poor and sandy.
Together with the adjoining Girraween National Park in Queensland and Boonoo Boonoo National Park to the east, the region preserves land with magnificent recreational potential and great conservational value.
It is only a short, easy walk to the base of the Rock and from here a marked walking track leads to the summit of Bald Rock, a distance of 2km return. The climb rewards the visitor with the extensive view over a granite outcrop-dotted landscape: reaches from the north west over to the east and the volcanic plugs of the Tweed Valley.
A gravel access road, 6km in length, runs from the Mount Lindsay Highway to the rest area north of the Rock. Picnic facilities, toilets and rubbish pits are provided. Sparkling fresh water is found on the creeks. Short term camping is allowed at the rest area.
Camping is allowed at the rest area near the base of Bald Rock and from there a 2km walking track leads to the trig station at the top of (1277m) traversing the face of the rock on the way. The sense of exposure on the track and the views from the top all add up to a most exhilarating experience. The caves and boulders, the old woodland on the rock and the colours of the face changing with the weather alone make the trip worthwhile.
Run off from a large rock gives rise to a high moisture level to the vicinity immediately around its base. This area is termed wet sclerophyll forest. In addition there are heaths on the rock and swamps in low-lying gullies.
Bald Rock itself and the many geomorphological features of the park offer a challenge to nature photographers. Just how do you capture their impact and grandeur? The translucent new growth if the leaves in Summer, the gold of Autumn and Winter, the misty rain and dew drops on the grass and Casuarinas - it is all there waiting.
Exploring Bald Rock and its surrounds can be a unique and enjoyable experience as there are so many interesting features for nature lovers. However, as no other walks are marked, a map and a compass should be used to ensure safe navigational the rocks may be slippery after rain and in the mornings, especially in winter and suitable footwear (rubber soled) should always be worn when clambering over the rock outcrops.
With care, much of Bald Rock itself can be explored and this is a truly unique experience waling over the steep, exposed rock surface high above the countryside. Clusters of boulders, canyons, wonderful echo points, caves, beautiful and fascinating plant communities are just some of the things to be found for the intrepid walker.South/bald Rock, 5km south of Bald Rock, although not so grand is said by many to be more interesting than Bald Rock. It can be reached by walking south from the saddle on Bald Rock to the bushland below then turn west - south-west and walk 1km to the border road. The border road goes south to the base of South Bald Rock.