Paperbark Flats Picnic Area, at the end of School Road in Redbank Plains‚ Ipswich

The city lights twinkling in the distance will beckon you to join the walking tour that will give you VIP access to the Conservation Estate at dusk. Brisbane City will provide the perfect backdrop for a well-deserved rest stop after learning about the history of White Rock - Spring Mountain and refuel on delicious nibbles, sweets, cheese, crackers, and beverages.  The tour stops at the main ridge lookout that takes in the wondrous landscape stretching from Springfield to Mount Cootha and due North West, spy the runways of RAAF Base Amberley from afar. Switch the torches on for the hike back and spot the locals as they come to life along the forest floor and among the trees. Creep along the soft moonlit trails that will guide you back to the beginning of this wondrous walking adventure with Discover Ipswich.

Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock* and Spring Mountain.  Covering over 2,500 hectares of regionally significant bushland, the Estate also features extensive forested ridges, escarpments and valleys that are home to an amazing array of plant and wildlife species. Due to the cultural significance of White Rock we respectfully discourage climbing and traversing onto the Rock itself.

Adults $40
Concession / Students $35
Child* (up to 12 years) $25
Family (2A+2C) (1A+3C) $110
*Please note that this tour is not recommended for children under 8 years old, although parents and carers are able to book their child at their own discretion and fitness ability.

Duration is 3-4 hours walking and requires moderate fitness levels
Please wear comfortable walking shoes approriate for hiking and bring a water bottle
Tour departs 4.30pm, please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure.  Meet in carpark at Paperbark Flats

*This estate remains sacred to the Traditional Owners of Ipswich. Sacred sites are very important to the Traditional Owners as they provide a link between Country and personal identity and allow the passing on of cultural knowledge. Some of the sacred sites within Ipswich include quarry sites, traditional food resources, story places, pre-contact and historical camp sites, fighting grounds, ceremonial sites, bora rings and women’s business sites. As per Cultural Protocol the Traditional Owners have requested no one climbs White Rock.

Acknowledgement of Country
Ipswich City Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners as custodians of the land and waters with which we share.  We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging, as the keepers of their traditions, customs, cultures and stories of proud peoples.

Great Trails of Ipswich Walking Tours:
Future Tours (Location TBA)
Saturday 22 August - White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate
Saturday 19 September - TBA
Saturday  24 October - TBA
Saturday 21 November - TBA

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