White Rock Ridge Hike

Ipswich
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This is a moderate walk, with slight rock climbing and limited signing. The wildlife is abundant and the scenery beautiful with large rocks and caves to explore. Take plenty of water.

Please respect the traditional custodians of the land, the Ugarapul people, and resist the temptation of climbing to the White Rock summit.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
No Dogs Permitted
183m
Maximum Elevation
152m
Total Climb

Getting there

How do you get to the start of the walk?

From Paperbark Flats picnic area, follow the multi user trail about 600 metres until it cuts a haul road and turns left.  Signs direct you right for the multi-use trail.  Rather than turning, follow the road east for another 50 metres, and there is a small sign marking the start of the ridge hike on the right.

(Note that the map at the picnic area does not show the haul road, and would lead you to believe the ridge hike is directly off the multi use trail.  The map attached below gives a better idea)

Maps

Which maps cover the area?

https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/24410/White-Rock-Spring-Mountain-Conservation-Park-Guide.pdf 

http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/documents/health/white_rock_spring_mountain_trails_guide.pdf

Route/Trail notes

The track is obvious, but narrow and rough, and not well signed.  There are no trail markers after the first couple of hundred metres, which involves a moderate climb up onto the ridge.  Depending on the state of vegetation, there are views to the north all the way to Brisbane.  On reaching a rocky outcrop, White Rock can be seen across a col, but the track appears to peter out.  Casting around to the south reveals the last trail marker, directing you down a cleft leading down to the col.  The descent is relatively straightforward, but requires caution descending the cleft.  A few hundred metres easy walking to White Rock, where there are benches to rest and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The rock can be climbed with a little effort and no specialised equipment, via another (unsigned cleft) just to the east of the north face.  There are panoramic views in all directions from the summit (about 30 metres above the rest area)

Permits/Costs

Do you need any permits? What's the cost?

Access is free.  Hiking does not require a permit.  Gates open 6am to 6pm

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

Comments

Great walk, beautiful day... not too strenuous, good views of Brisbane. Would not want to do on too hot a day.

Desertpea on 24 May, 2020

Lovely walk, not too far away, nice views.

Desertpea on 24 May, 2020

Long walk before incline of rock take the ridge walk much more Challenging the scrambling was hairy with a 5 and 6 year old but doable

Allan Lamberth on 24 May, 2020

Lovely little hike, beautiful views and fun scrambles. Took our 6 and 8 year old who found it most enjoyable, some tricky bits near the caves for them but they managed very well for their first go.

Will Walk For Food on 23 May, 2020

Medium hike, enough to get the heart pumping though! Very pretty hike especially when you are walking on the ridge. Take plenty of water

Tanya on 13 Apr, 2020

Glad to have done it early morning very hot, make sure you take water.rook 1hr 55mins with a few breathers on the way.

Usher on 10 Jan, 2020

I really enjoy this little hike. Unfortunately now being located right next to an estate ALOT of people use the tracks. Can we challenging to find a quiet moment to relax and take it all in.

Tanya on Jan, 2020

Nice little morning walk with some good lookouts

Andrew.P on 10 Dec, 2019

A more interesting way to visit White Rock rather than taking the WRT. Lovely views and a bit more shade/breeze in warmer weather.
Can be a little confusing to find the trail head from the Paperbark picnic area as it's the only track not mentioned on the Six Mile Creek Track sign. Veer left where the WRT veers right and you'll find the sign for WRRT a little further along the fire trail on your right.
A straightforward walk with only one small rock scramble which is easier to navigate than actually getting to the top of White Rock itself. The view from the top of White Rock is nice. I really wish people wouldn't feel the need to carve their names into the rock face. Whatever happened to "Take only photos, leave only footprints".

Monstar on 5 Sep, 2019

Well worth a visit to White Rock! We did this with our 8 and 9 year olds and it was a great little hike for them. The highlight was definitely climbing up and exploring around White Rock. Views from the top are amazing.
We followed the multi-use track (the "Hikers Track") on the way there, which was hot and dusty and a little monotonous; and we took the Ridge Trail on the way back, which was thoroughly enjoyable and I'd highly recommend it. There's a little bit of rock scrambling required, although not difficult, and the track was easy to follow for the most part - just look for all the footprints in the dirt if you're unsure.
Definitely wouldn't want to tackle this walk during summer, as there is not a lot of shade and even at this time of year we found it really quite hot. Make sure you take plenty of water too. I'm not sure how people can do this walk without taking water with them - I was surprised at the number of people who didn't have any water with them.
Over all, a fantastic hike for the family and well worth it.

Sarah on 25 Aug, 2019

Surprisingly easy! Just remember to start early. We took this as our return route and the 10 AM sun was already pretty strong. Can't imagine doing this hike during the summer.

run 44 on 14 Jul, 2019

Fun rock scramble!

ebbers on 7 Jul, 2019

Really straightforward cruisey hike. Took my 6 year old uo and had a great laugh. There are two trails, the white rock ridge trail and the multi user trail. Strava showed about 8km all Up from car park to return. It’s not too hard to find the trail, just stick to the more worn paths and you will be sweet. Once the trail starts to descend there are orange markers to keep you going keep you on track. There is an awesome little cave too. Overall a nice hike suitable for kids. We had lunch at the top and got some awesome photos.

Cityofangels on 3 Jul, 2019

Great medium level hike/walk. Awesome weather for it too.

Chris Park on 23 Jun, 2019

Loved this one. Nice and easy. Not a fan on heights but did it anyway

TrinaAtley on 25 May, 2019

Great one for the family. Stunning

Stacey Gardiner on 23 May, 2019

Easy walk and climb, took about 2 hours there and back. Loved the view!

Kaitys on 1 Apr, 2019

I'm just getting started into Bushwalking and found this track ok. There are a couple of areas that gets the heart pumping and the legs burning. I went on a hot day so luckily I had taken plenty of water. The track isn't marked the best in places, but I just went with the flow and found the track without any issues. Its a good starting track and would be good for the kids to do.
It took me 2hrs and that was with a decent rest sitting on top of White Rock taking in the view and the breeze.

Aaron Macgregor on 15 Mar, 2019

Such a great hike and an awesome view from on top of the rock. I had no idea this trail existed until a friend told me last year. So good to see Ipswich has it's own impressive trails

Donnelle Brooks on 12 Feb, 2019

Second attempt to White Rock today as I was significantly off track on a previous attempt back in April. I’m not sure if signage has been updated but it was easy to follow this time. Dogs allowed on leash, but I didn’t know this prior. Good to know for the fur baby owners out there! The climb of the rock is a treat, with a great view!

Nickii & Nouri on 12 Jan, 2019

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