White Rock Conservation Park


White Rock Conservation Park

White Rock, a prominent pale-coloured rockface on a peak, is the major feature of interest of the White Rock Conservation Park, 30 km south-west of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

White Rock

Apparently a white sandstone outcrop and one of many on the ridge, the rock has excellent views in all directions although there are small trees on top and you have to tour around to grab all the views. The rock is quite soft and is covered with inscriptions of the usual nature, from as early as 1919.

Walking Tracks

The tracks in White Rock Conservation Park are a curious mixture of well-maintained / over-signposted near the carpark and unmaintained / unsignposted elsewhere.

White Rock Walking Track

This out-and-back track leads from the car park at the end of School Road to White Rock itself alongside the gully for most of the way. It is for the most part a gently graded well formed 6.5km walk, although much of the route is on a vehicle track that is covered with bulldust and is less than pleasant to walk on and difficult to run on. There is a steep and rugged climb to the foot of White Rock at the end.

There is no formal track to the top of White Rock, and it is claimed that the local indigenous people would prefer that you did not do so, but it is possible to scramble up via a reasonably obvious route near the northern end of the rock.

Each of the other tracks described below is reached from and is a side-track of this track.

The Ridge Track

An alternative and much more entertaining route for most of the distance from the carpark to the Rock follows the ridge instead of the vehicle track.

It is a rugged walk and you should use good footwear. The eastern end of this track is obvious from the foot of the Rock, but the western (start) end is not obvious and is not well signposted. To find the start of this route you need to look out for the left / right on the vehicle track which crosses your path after a few minutes' walking on the main track. The Ridge Track starts 50m further along the vehicle track - so you need to turn left and then second right instead of first right.

Little White Rock Track

This is a pointless side-track taking you to a rock of little significance with no view and nothing to shout about.

Boardwalk

This is the usual pointless council budget user-upper side-track which goes nowhere and shows nothing.

References

*"Wild places of greater Brisbane - a Queensland Museum Publication"; Queensland Museum, 1996; ISBN 0-7242-7110-4


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