White Rock Ridge Hike

Ipswich

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.

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?

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

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.

Rasy 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

Amazing walk!

Best time to do it in summer is early in the morning before the sun has fully risen. The granite easily retains heat and has no problem baking anything on top of it.

A must do is to checkout the eroded sandstone pocket on the side of White rock itself, just to the right.

Schleehauzer on Jan, 2019

The track is clear to see. Whilst steep in sections, it is a lot more interesting than the White Rock Multi-User Trail. Out of respect I didn't climb White Rock but admired it from its base. A few birds of prey around. There were a few people walking mid-week so I imagine that it could get pretty busy on the weekends.

BalticAussie on 4 Dec, 2018

A great walk. Fun to discover the little cave. Hot walking in the sun, but breezes from the top at a few points were a great reward. Some of the rock etchings are from nearly 100 years ago! Remember to pay attention to where the track splits for the multi-use trail, the multi-use trail is better sign posted and it’s easy to think that’s the path you need to take for the ridge track. Keep to the left, there is a slightly hidden trail marker further in showing WRRT. I enjoyed doing that track first to get to White Rock. The path back via the main track is a little monotonous but you might see a monitor lizard, so listen out! I’ve seen one on every visit. Also enjoyed the peregrine falcon perched in a tree near the back end of White Rock.

happyhiker on 28 Oct, 2018

Great walk with beautiful view from the top.

NaturerLover on Sep, 2018

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. 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

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