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9352 SQC Visitor Guide 2019-2020 HiRes

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2019/20 Southern Queensland Country Visitors' Guide 18 Bald Rock National Park (Granite Belt) A popular attraction for Granite Belt visitors, this park is located just on the New South Wales side of the NSW/QLD border. Bald Rock is the largest of a series of granite domes in this 8,000ha national park where you can explore granite canyons, stone arches and echo points. Don't miss: Take a trail to Bald Rock or Little Bald Rock and be rewarded with views into Girraween National Park. Enjoy a shady picnic, spot wildlife and see many different species of birds. Getting there: From Stanthorpe take the sealed road east across the state border to Amosfield, run south on the Mount Lindsay Road towards Tenterfield and turn right into the 6km Bald Rock National Park access road – about 40km. A vehicle day pass is required and camping fees apply. Go to environment.nsw.gov.au/ NationalParks or call (02) 6736 4298 for more information. Barakula State Forest (Western Country) Visit the largest state forest in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy outstanding wildflower displays during late winter or spring. Explore Barakula State Forest and see many of the area's key landmarks. Campers must be fully self-sufficient. Getting there: From Chinchilla, travel 45km on Auburn Road and follow signage. As this is a working forest, beware of trucks. Benarkin State Forest (Southern Queensland Country) In the Blackbutt Range, explore a scenic forest drive through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests. Ride your horse along the Bicentennial National Trail and the Brisbane Valley Trail. Picnic at Emu Creek then cool off with a swim. Camp at Clancys camping area (where dogs are permitted) or Emu Creek camping area. Getting there: Benarkin is about 2 hours north-west of Brisbane off the D'Aguilar Highway. The final 16km to camping areas is via winding gravel roads. The camping area is 20km from Blackbutt along the forest drive. Watch out for logging trucks. Boat Mountain Conservation Park (Southern Queensland Country) In this small park, discover a distinctive flat-topped ridge, shaped like an upturned boat, clad in dry rainforest and open eucalypt woodland. Take short walks to lookouts for views over the surrounding countryside, go bird-watching and spot wildlife such as black-striped wallabies and echidnas by day or pygmy-possums and sugar gliders at night. Camping is not allowed in the park. Getting there: About 12km north of Murgon. National Parks Girraween National Park

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