Friday 6 November: Girraween National Park
One full day in Girraween (“place of flowers”) enabled us to do all of the northern walking tracks in the morning – The Pyramid, Granite Arch, Bald Rock Creek Circuit, The Junction and the Wyberba Walk – about 10 km in 3 hours (Wikiloc track). In the afternoon, the southern walking track to The Sphinx and Turtle Rock took us 2 hours for about 7 km (Wikiloc track). We were very happy to see quite a few of the over 700 species of wildflowers in the park.
Saturday 7 November: Girraween NP to Mount Barney 225 km
Sunday 8 November: Mount Barney Lower Portals
We drove to the start of the Mount Barney Lower Portals walk and hiked up and back, about 8 km in 2 hours 40 minutes (Wikiloc track). In contrast to Girraween we saw no spectacular flowers, few birds and no kangaroos. Then we drove on to Kalbar for a night at the showgrounds before returning to Brisbane.
Our second outback Queensland road trip driving over 3000 km in 3 weeks was as enjoyable as the first. Our favourite places? If we had to choose – Quilpie, Thargomindah and Mitchell.