White Rock Ridge Hike

Ipswich

A challenging steep track with limited signage recommended for experienced walkers with navigational skills and high fitness levels. This track climbs up onto (and follows) the rocky ridge with great views of the region. Caves and cliffs provide refuge for abundant wildlife including peregrine falcons, wedge-tailed eagles and wallabies.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
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?

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

Did the multi-user trail on the way in and the ridge trail on the way out. Excellent view from the top of the rock and some very old dates etched into the stone.

DavidC on 15 Aug, 2018

Took two of the boys aged 4 and 8 up - nice walk - not too difficult even the climb at the end to the top

Juiced Pixels on 22 Jul, 2018

Wow holy Wow!! I took my 12 year old girl with me on this walk. It ended up totalling 7.5km. We took the White Rock Ridge Track on the way up and the White Rock Multi user trail on the way back. The Ridge track is super cool and exciting. Once you get up high you end up on top of a cliff and its easy to get confused. Once you find the trail and manoeuvre you way down the cliff you end up at White Rock. Of course there were people a the top of the rock getting "selfie" opportunities but we chose to respect the aboriginal elders wishes and didn't climb the rock like the rest of the sheeple. Such a spectacular bush walk and I'm keen to try the bigger trail soon.

TracyV75 on 21 Jul, 2018

First walk for the season on a clear, fresh autumn afternoon.

David H on 19 May, 2018

Well signposted now. I took the kids up via the Multi User Trail and back via the Ridge Trail. This made it really easy for them. They loved the scramble to get onto the top of White Rock. The Ridge Trail was interesting with little climbs, great views and places to explore. We loved it.

Cara on 6 May, 2018

This is a well marked / signposted trail now and definitely a more interesting way to get to White Rock than via the multi user trail. Really pretty walk along the ridge line itself with views to the city. Cave at the end as you descend towards white rock. We walked in to White Rock via the ridge trail and out via the multi user trail to form a circuit.

BGS3 on 8 Apr, 2018

Good stretch of the legs. Not much climbing involved but the natural beauty of the area walked in is great. Being so close to suburbia is also a plus for those that can't get away to other tracks in the Sth East

Steve on 25 Feb, 2018

Great walk, some nice views of the city on a clear day. A small amount of rock scrambling but nothing difficult.

Nadso on 18 Feb, 2018

I love this walk.the trail starts on Sandy soil with sapling lined paths.this makes it pretty with dappled sunlit track, especially nice early morning. Multicoloured rocks dot the trail.on the narrower ridge the valleys are either side, cicadas singing as loud as cowbells and City was just a blur over the treetops. I went on to climb whiterock where this trail ends.A nice stop on ridge is under the gum on the edge, shady and high enough for beautiful views.plenty of arrows and things to grab on the rocky way down, saplings,big rocks,tree trunks.not much traffic , just a few young ones who run this at dawn, friendly and polite people.

Robbyj on 15 Dec, 2017

My fave place in summer.if an age pensioner can do it, you can.lovely quiet views at top.

Robbyj on 15 Dec, 2017

I have walked to White Rock many times. Yesterday I came back on the White Rock Ridge Track and noted additional work had been done on the track. From the White Rock end, there are now bright arrows pointing the direction up the cleft in the rock you need to climb, then again along the cliff face, at the start of the track. Where the Ridge Track joins the fire trail at the end, significant grading of the surface has been done for the last few hundred metres, and the eroded gullies are now a flat dirt track, even with little fallen tree barriers lining the path. I met a truck driver in the car park who told me he had been asked to deliver more dirt into the conservation estate.

Out of interest I also took a different path up to White Rock - I walked down the Yaddamun Track, until I could take a turn-off south onto the fire trail that eventually crosses with the Ridge Track and the Multi Use Track. There is a sign at the start of this turn off which states service vehicle use only, no public access but as far as I am aware, there is no legislation to restrict access, it is part of their management plan to discourage public access to certain areas. Eventually I discovered what I was looking for - on OpenstreetMaps there is a path called 'Don't Bother'. The start of this track was heavily concealed with stacked small fallen trees. There is a slight path around it to the right. The Don't Bother track was obviously a 4WD accessible track at some point but has not been maintained for a long time. The track is eroded in many areas, overgrown with grass, and crossed by small fallen trees, but there were no real navigation issues, and no lantana overgrowth. Obviously some hikers still come this way, because there were spray-pointed pink dots on trees and grass marking the path at many points. There was a steep climb up a gully at the end which emerged right next to the bench near the White Rock sign at Which Rock. Definitely a wild off-track adventure which I enjoyed, but in the warmer seasons, snakes could be a real issue.

Kuhr on 20 Sep, 2017

Nice hike.. Lovely rock formations to see on the way. A bit of rock hopping is required. Make sure you have the right shoes on. You pretty much go all the way to the top of white rock then you can either retrace your steps back or descend and then take the multi user trail back to the car park

Ashwin on 16 Sep, 2017

Really nice walk. The trail was straightforward and easy to follow. Not really as much climbing as I was expecting. White Rock itself is quite impressive, with some nice views from the top.

Brendan on 6 Sep, 2017

Nice walk, although attempted to do it mid week when we hoped it would be quieter, we forgot about the Ekka Holiday and the car park was pretty full, although once on the track it was not too busy. We did the White Rock Ridge Track on the way to White Rock and then followed the multi-user trail on the way back. All were fairly well signposted with the Ridge Track a little steeper in some places but not as hard as I thought it would be. A few people walking their dogs, which surprised me although I did not check at the picnic area if dogs were allowed it states they are not on here.

ozsailor on 16 Aug, 2017

Now very well signposted. Just follow the main track right down until you see a signed post for the Ridge Hike. Great walk up along the ridge, had it practically to myself. Nice views out to the east, city can be seen in the distance. For those that are vertically challenged like myself, there are a few bits that require some jumping and scrambling, but great fun.

Tanya on 16 Aug, 2017

Another perfect winters day. Not too difficult a walk and well worth the time and effort. White rock is amazing and the 360 views from the top of the rock, worth the climb. Had a lovely picnic on the grass at the picnic grounds and lazed in the soporific sun for a couple of hours.

David H on 22 Jul, 2017

White Rock
White Rock is part of the Spring Mountain conservation estate ..
Its near Ipswich Brisbane Australia.
White Rock is just one of the many parks that surround Brisbane's suburbs.
If your heading out there don't use google maps as a reference like i did . the maps were old and outdated. Try to reference school road Redbank Plains. and head that way. school road is now split in two by a new subdivision. i just headed in the direction to the bridge underpass and found it ok.
White Rock is an excellent walk if you take the Ridge trail. from the paperbark flats car park walk along the shared trail until you reach a rather large bend in the road. instead of continuing the path that leads ahead take the left route about another 50 meters ( well signposted WRRT. )
PLEASE dont climb on the white face of White Rock.
the climb to the summit however is done by every man and his dog (and i do mean Dog!) one guy had his dog up there.
Well worth the trip out there . I had a fantastic day !
Watch towards the end of my you tube video ( Gizmo Bazz ) and you will see me Rappelling a small rocky outcrop at the start of the ridge trail.
Enjoy Gizmo..............

gizmobazz on 22 Jul, 2017

Nice walk for the late afternoon

drewmac on 2 Jul, 2017

The Ridge Trail was so much fun. Loved the glittery trail section and the scramble down the boulders. There was someone with drones at White Rock, which was pretty annoying.

sarasvati on Jul, 2017

If taking the ridge trail back to the car park make sure you take the pathway left thus staying on the ridge , the path to the right which goes along the side of the ridge then heads doown to the valley and back along the next ridge over , still great track but ends is no mans land , this is when you'll need the ol compass to head toward the car park , if you find yourself unsure where you are in white rock just head towards the big powerlines and follow them back to the car park , some great hiking in here , enjoy it while you can those houses keep getting closer and closer each time I go 😐

Power pole Pete on 2 Jun, 2017

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