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The Sphinx and Turtle Rock

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area

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.

Journey Details

Duration
3.5 Hours
Itinerary Type
Return
Mode of Travel
Walk
Distance
7.4 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
Return
Level of Difficulty
Level 4: Recommended for experienced bushwalkers

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome. Keep to the track and supervise children closely, especially near watercourses and on rocky pavements which can be slippery when wet. Warning: summits have steep cliffs and potentially slippery surfaces.
Girraween National Park
Pyramids Road
Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
Australia

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Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$123.00 - 225.00
Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires. Sumptuous cooked breakfasts can be delivered to your cottage each morning of your stay. They are conveniently located close to restaurants, shops, wineries, but no main roads, ensuring peace and tranquillity. Take the Heritage Trail walk to town along the waterworn boulders of Quart Pot Creek. Enjoy the Pioneer hut with barbecue and open fire place, ideal for small group gatherings. Diamondvale - not just a place to sleep - a total experience. Walk to town along the "Heritage Trail" or stroll around the property, admiring the native flora, fauna and farm animals. Choose a romantic cottage for two, a family cottage with a loft, or share with friends in a cottage with two bedrooms, two ensuites, two verandas with large living, kitchen and dining areas. They now have a new "lodge" for four couples - absolute decadence four queen bedrooms and three bathrooms! Spoil yourself at Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages.

Windswept Country Retreat

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160.00 - 160.00
A few days at award winning Windswept Farmstay, and all your worries could be carried away by fresh country air, brisk mornings, ideal for a walk on their bush tracks, or to check out the local wildlife, or maybe just nestle up in front of their wood fires with a good book, a wine from one of the many local wineries, or cook that special meal using the bountiful local in season produce that Ballandean on the Granite Belt is renowned for. The Cottage accommodates up to four couples or eight guests comfortably and features three bathrooms, one with a double spa and children under five stay free. Feed the farm animals that eagerly wait to be hand feed or visit the many National Parks that are close to Windswept. The choice is yours - just relax in the comfortable Cottage surroundings and do nothing, or explore the many features of the Granite Belt.

Happy Valley Retreat

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120.00 - 300.00
Happy Valley Retreat nestles amongst the hills surrounding the Queensland border town of Stanthorpe. Tranquility is assured as the 20 private timber cabins and suites are scattered throughout 30 acres of beautiful Australian bushland. Yet they are only a five minute drive from Stanthorpe town centre. Kangaroos, wallabies, possums and an array of native Australian birds call Happy Valley home and can be seen throughout the property during your stay. To see even more native flora and fauna, enjoy a stroll along one of the walking tracks that lead from the property into the Broadwater State Forest. As the sun goes down, join them in the main homestead for a drink at the bar. The rustic ambience, open fireplace and piano ensure a relaxed atmosphere in which to unwind before moving to the dining room for a heart-warming meal showcasing the local produce.

Alpine Lodges Pty Ltd

The Summit, Southern Downs Area
From AU$280.00 - 280.00
Alpine Lodges situated on 42 acres of bush and granite out crops is perfectly located for your ultimate escape to the Granite Belt Wine Region. Each lodge offers five acres of luxurious privacy and stunning views, creating an ideal space for couples to simply relax and rediscover the art of conversation. Imagine sipping a glass of wine, watching the sunset from the privacy of your own veranda

Murray Gardens Cottages and Motel

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$99.00 - 239.00
Specialising in affordable comfortable family accommodation in a relaxed bushland setting with the added bonus of genuine country hospitality. Nestled in 17 acres of the fascinating Granite Belt you have the choice of 14 motel rooms or 14 two bedroom self-contained cottages. Murray Gardens is only a two minute drive or a 15 minute walk (along the creek) to the Central Business District and is centrally located to all the attractions of the area. The cottages are all two bedroom and have full kitchen facilities, a lounge/dining room, either wood fire or gas heating and a verandah to enjoy a glass of the superb local wine. The motel rooms are spacious, have full reverse cycle air conditioners and have all the usual facilities including hair dryers and microwaves. The complex also has a giant bouncing cushion, guest laundry, two barbecue/party areas, free gym for guest use, pool, basketball court, volleyball court, hammocks, table tennis and darts. They are also pet friendly (conditions apply).

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
  • Deals
From AU$250.00 - 295.00
Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants. Come get lost with us and take full advantage of the spectacular bush and unique rock formations. Only three hours drive from Brisbane, Girraween Lodge is the ideal retreat from.... everything. Nestled amongst native Australian bush, relax and unwind in your private, self-contained, chalet. Complete with landline, wood heater, king bed, spa bath and private deck.  Perfect for that romantic getaway or want the kids off the computers and phones, unplug them for an internet free fantastic family holiday the way it used to be. GEL offers the uniqueness and tranquility of the great Australian bush getaway without compromising on style or comfort.

James Farmhouse and Cottage

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$74.00 - 112.00
The James' Farmhouse and Cottage is set on six acres of land and provides a serene and comfortable base from which you can experience the beautiful and fascinating Granite Belt. The Granite Belt has 52 wineries; and four National Parks of which one is four-wheel drive only. Also enjoy walks in the park, fishing. boating, golf course, gem fossicking plus fresh fruit and produce. This sensational Farmhouse has been renovated and painted in French Provincial colours and sleeps 14 people. It features a cosy open brick fireplace in both the lounge and dining rooms. At the end of the day, while enjoying a glass of one of the regions award winning wines, watch the sun go down from the front patio overlooking the local vineyards.

Apple Blossom Cottage

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$120.00 - 220.00
Apple Blossom Cottage is situated in a quiet street in the town of Stanthorpe and is a short walk to the centre of town and to award winning restaurants. By arrangement, local winery tours will pick up at your front door. Apple Blossom Cottage is situated on the Granite Belt less than three hours drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast via the New England Highway. It is the wine and National Park destination of South East Queensland. This quaint three bedroom cottage sleeps up to six people, features polished timber floors, large living areas, wood fire, electric blankets, two ensuite bathrooms (one with spa), fully self contained kitchen, laundry, LCD television, DVD player, stereo and a large furnished deck.

Loggers Rest Bed and Breakfast

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160.00 - 198.00
Logger's Rest is a luxury Bed and Breakfast situated in lovely Stanthorpe, walking distance to the centre of town along Quart Pot Creek. They offer warm and friendly atmosphere in old world charm together with modern comforts - air-conditioning, wood fire, games room. After a restful night enjoy a hearty breakfast near one of their cosy fires, juice, cereal, fruit, yoghurt plus your choice of sausages, bacon, eggs, baked beans and mushrooms, all served with hash browns, tomato and toast. Large bedrooms have queen size beds, en-suites, electric blankets and doonas. Most open onto the veranda. The games room is there for your entertainment. Complete with snooker/pool table, spa, sauna and bring your own bar with ice machine and compact disc player. Have a game of kelly pool or watch the footy and relax at the bar. They can organise Winery Tours and they will pick up and drop off at the front door. You can go bush walking or four wheel driving in one of the four nearby National Parks. They have award winning restaurants just up the road or the colourful Barbecue Hut is there for you to try you cooking skills on.

Ridgemill Estate

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$155.00 - 265.00
Staying at Ridgemill Escape offers self-contained indulgence amongst the vineyards. Their four separate studio cabins are luxurious, include woodfires, beautiful sunsets on offer, along with views overlooking the vineyards and ranges. Peace and tranquillity is assured. A wholesome breakfast hamper is provided, along with a complimentary bottle of wine and canapes on arrival. A mobile professional masseuse is available on request. Mountain bikes are available for guests, including helmets - free of charge. Come meet their friendly and hospitable team and experience a weekend or holiday to remember.
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