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Granite Belt's Girraween National Park celebrates 50 years

5 February 2016

Rock on! (L to R) Rangers Neal Holmes, Karl Braund and Jolene McLellan are ready to celebrate Girraween National Park's 50th birthday.

Rock on! (L to R) Rangers Neal Holmes, Karl Braund and Jolene McLellan are ready to celebrate Girraween National Park's 50th birthday.

Girraween National Park south of Stanthorpe is 50 years old on Valentine’s Day, and rangers will celebrate with those who love this Granite Belt park with a name meaning “place of flowers”.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Visitor Management Ranger Jolene McLellan said Girraween grabbed many of its visitors and they keep coming back.

“Girraween is like nowhere else in Queensland,” Ms McLellan said.

“We see families bringing the next generation to introduce them to the famous spring wildflowers, the Pyramid, Sphinx and other massive granite features, and the abundant wildlife.

“Some Brisbane people even come to experience our frosty winter nights they don’t get near the coast.

“We’re celebrating the park’s birthday all February and will mark the occasion on 13 February with family activities – a treasure hunt, guided walks, history displays, and a lantern parade by local school kids along Bald Rock Creek. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch and join in the festivities.”

Ms McLellan said Girraween was declared in 1966 when Wyberba National Park, itself a combination of the earlier Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock national parks, was combined with 52 hectares of land purchased from Napier Gunn.

“More land has been added since 1966, and Girraween now covers 11,800ha on the Queensland-New South Wales border,” she said.

“The park is a lasting tribute to Dr Spencer Roberts who campaigned in the 1920s for preservation of the habitat of the superb lyrebird and common wombat. It’s also a tribute to the work of more than 55 rangers over the decades.”

Ms McLellan said some retired rangers and others connected with the park were excited about reuniting on the birthday weekend and sharing many stories.

“It’s hard to keep away from Girraween – it just keeps pulling people back,” she said.

Information about Girraween is at www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween/, while more details about the rich history of the park are at www.rymich.com/girraween/

Last updated
5 February 2016