Girraween National Park, Queensland

Do you ever think about how or why places are named? At Girraween National Park in southern Queensland, the reason for some place names is more obvious than others.

The designation of Underground Creek is self-explanatory, as the tannin stained water disappears beneath an ancient rockfall. The creek might be hidden from view, but it can be heard trickling between the granite boulders before it emerges further downhill.

Girraween is an Aboriginal word meaning “place of flowers”. In late summer, drifts of golden paper daisies brighten the bush while delicate fringed lilies bloom close to water.

It’s logical to assume that Dr Roberts’ Waterhole was named for a local personality, but it’s only at the end of the track his story is revealed.

The wide sandy path leading to the waterhole winds through open eucalpyt forest. Huge slabs of granite, laid down as magma 240 million years ago, are revealed where the topsoil has been eroded by wind and rain.

At the end of the track a panel explains the conservation work of Dr Roberts, and the reason for honouring him becomes clear.

After good summer rainfall, the waterhole is full. A light breeze sends ripples across the surface, blurring the sky’s reflection.

I wonder how many times Dr Roberts visited this waterhole in his wanderings. I think he would be delighted that this beautiful place bears his name.


Joining Jo for Monday Walks

27 thoughts on “Namesake

  1. You made me curious about the namesake question. I had to read further to learn his identity. Well done! Your pictures are lovely, especially the reflective ponds or watering holes. The flowers add brilliance to the color scheme. Thanks for sharing. Hope your Easter was wonderful.

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    • Thank you Marsha for your kind words. The wildflowers were beautiful. We were hoping to see some flannel flowers too but we were a couple of weeks too early. We’ve had a quiet but very pleasant Easter. Happy Easter to you and Vince.


  2. Girraween is a delight and I will be sure to take another walk along here next time I visit Stanthorpe. How wonderful the local doctor was such a visionary! I did see a flannel flower or two late last year when I stayed at one of the wineries. And the wonderful coreopsis are worth a look when in bloom too.

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