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White Rock Conservation Park

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published June 22nd 2019
Interesting rock scramble
Marion and Lou had been trying to get us to go on one of their bushwalks with our local bushwalking club for months. Bea and I had bushwalked with them many years ago when we all belonged to the Townsville Bushwalking Club.

Amazing Rock Formations
Amazing Rock Formations


We had been a bit nervous to go on one of their walks because they were both very fit and experienced, and often led the hardest club walks. Unlike us, they had continued walking through the years and had done many very hard trips in Australia and overseas.

White Rock
White Rock


Recently we decided to join them on a weekday walk to White Rock, out near Ipswich. We had never been there before. It was graded as a 5B walk, but we felt it couldn't be too hard, especially when we heard Lou would be walking with a broken arm.

Heading up
Heading up


We had arranged to meet the other four walkers at the start of the walk at the Paperbark Flats car park. There are toilets and picnic tables in this park. We spotted some kangaroos as we arrived.

Climbing down
Climbing down


Marion had given us a detailed description to get there. We took the exit to Redbank Plains from Centenary Highway and followed the signs to School Road, which leads to the Paperbark Flats car park. The most stressful part of the walk was dealing with all the traffic on the busy highway, even early on a weekday morning.

White Rock in Distance
White Rock in Distance


I really enjoyed the walk. It was mostly on tracks but did involve a bit of scrambling around the sandstone ridges, cliffs and bluffs. We explored amazing cliffs and caves and climbed up to the top of White Rock. We also did some off-track exploring and climbed around some other cliffs and slopes. We then joined up with a mountain bike track to walk back to the picnic area.

Mountain bike track
Mountain bike track


At one of the lookouts, we met some Aboriginal women who were exploring the area. They told us they were setting up a program for pregnant Aboriginal women to come out to the area because the whole area is a significant cultural women's business area.

Exploring the area
Exploring the area


After I got home and did some research, I discovered White Rock has high cultural significance to the Indigenous Ugarapul people. It is a very important area for women's business. I also learnt Aboriginal people don't like people climbing the rock. The Yagara People, made up of the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul Clans, are the Traditional Owners. White Rock is a sacred site.

City views
City views


The White Rock- Spring Mountain Conservation Estate is over 2,500 ha in size. It contains over 600 plant species and 150 fauna species, including five threatened flora and three fauna species. The main feature of the park is White Rock. It is around 14 metres high. The area was used for military training in World War 1 and World War 11.

Interesting caves
Interesting caves


There are a number of walks at White Rock, ranging from four very short tracks including Little White Rock and Bluff Lookout, and the longer class 4, 6.5km White Rock Multi-user Trail and the class 4, 19km Yaddamun Trail. We did the more challenging class 5, 7 kilometre White Rock Ridge Walk. We also visited the Little White Rock lookout area. All the tracks are well signposted.


Bluff lookout track
Bluff lookout track


After exploring around White Rock, Marion led us off track to another outcrop of rocks which we climbed up and over. We eventually joined a mountain bike track back to the picnic area.
We had lunch back at the Paperbark picnic area. Beware if you go there. Di had a kookaburra swoop in and take some of her lunch off her plate.

Rocky cliffs
Rocky cliffs


The White Rock Conservation Area is a very interesting area. It feels very remote from the city highrise, even though there are city views from some of the high points in the park.

Thieving kookaburra
Thieving kookaburra
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Your Comment
The thieving Kookaburra looks pretty pleased with himself Roz ! Another good article.
by hdona (score: 2|215) 30 days ago
Great article Roz, I love the photo of the Kookaburra.
by Amanda I (score: 2|819) 23 days ago
Can you give some directions for this: After exploring around White Rock, Marion led us off track to another outcrop of rocks which we climbed up and over. We eventually joined a mountain bike track back to the picnic area.

I have been there several times but would love to know how to find this bit!

Thanks- I am a keen walker/hiker and find these articles really helpful.

Suzanne
by tb.sm (score: 0|4) 28 days ago
Those rock formations look really interesting.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 24 days ago
I just saw this on a bushwalking site. Live ammunition found near White Rock area. Be careful https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2202802943089208&id=543833352319517
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|593) 28 days ago
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