The Art of Hiking – White Rock Galleries

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Regular readers know I’m a sufferer of  bark bliss, fungi fever, lichen lust, moss mania, and insect infatuation.   These distractions mean walking partners need to be passionate about the same interests,  have the patience of a saint, or be content to charge  ahead without me. Today I reveal my rock rapture, another distraction which contributes to the torture of walking companions.

One of my early posts, Lured by the Big Dog,  describes White Rock Conservation Estate in Ipswich. In it you’ll find the interesting history of this area as well as a link to a walking track brochure. While it may not possess the awe factor of  Uluru or the Grand Canyon,  White Rock – a large chunk of colourful sandstone surrounded by dry native bushland – still captivates me, even though I’ve walked there on numerous occasions. I’m drawn in part by the colourful sandstone patterns which change as rain, wind and plant-life sculpt the rock surface.

Coloures Sandstone at White White

Back in ancient times, before the practicalities of parenting and work took over,  I dabbled in art.   My father also painted landscapes in oil as a hobby and my mother could sketch realistically using images in her head, rather than relying on a subject to copy. My daughter is a portrait artist in her spare time and uses acrylics, pastels, watercolours, charcoal and pencil. Here are a few quick pieces she did in her teens.

It’s fortunate I didn’t pursue painting as a career as I probably would have starved. My skills are decidedly average. However, I still appreciate searching out subjects in nature which could be the basis for artwork.  For me, a hike is like walking through an enormous art gallery, but a living, breathing, constantly changing one, surrounding you on all sides. One which allows you to touch, hear, smell and even taste its collections. Patterns, shapes, colours and details pop out everywhere – in the sky, on the ground, in trees, in rocks and in water.

When talented Australian artist Sally Harrison contacted  me recently  about some of my blog pictures, I  was delighted to discover we share a similar fascination for our natural surroundings. Sally uses traditional Aboriginal dot painting techniques in many of her works. To see her beautiful pieces and read her story click on here and also on this link.  Here are a few examples which Sally kindly allowed me to use in my blog.

And now back to the galleries of White Rock. One of the many interesting aspects of  Australian trees  is the trunk scarring and patterns resulting from harsh weather conditions and the activity of fauna and lichens.

Tree bark collection at White Rock

This picture reminds my daughter of a grazed and weeping knee that has been treated with iodine. Now I can’t get that grotesque similarity out of my head when viewing it.

Cploured trunk with resin

I rarely see fungi at White Rock but this year there has been an abundance of specimens in my region and I found these within 500 metres of the car park.

Fungi collection at White Rock

Termites are an example of how individuals can work together to accomplish a huge task.

Termite trails

Their artistic trails may eventually lead to the destruction of mighty giants.

Tree canopy at White Rock

I suspect a species of native bee excavated these tunnels in sandstone at Bluff Lookout.

Carpenter bee tunnels in sandstone

Venomous Australian spiders are another example of the power that can reside in small creatures. Being a short person I take heart in this fact. It’s not all about size! This example is harmless though and was only as big as a thumbnail.

Spider in web

I saw more evidence of critters with this pardalote or kingfisher tunnel, a silk sac and a  spider burrow.

Although some may classify these as weeds I still take delight in examining their details.

Orange-pink flowers at White Rock

Blue billy goat weeds are prolific in the paperbark forest.

Paperbark Forest with flowers

And lichen and moss always put on a good performance.

Some of you may remember me torturing a hiking partner in an early post with my interest in  red trunks. I’m still obsessed by them.

Spider on red trunk

Many of White Rock’s walking tracks are wide fire trails.

White Rock trail in afternoon light

Walking trail at White Rock

But a few areas require a little more effort.

Rocky path at White Rock

But it’s worth the sweat to see nature’s giant art installations.

Part of White Rock

White Rock sandstone

Sandstone Patterns at White Rock

I usually linger at White Rock’s galleries and it’s a race to get back before the car park gates shut at 6pm. By race I mean walk 10 metres without getting distracted by  nature’s artwork. As the sun sets, wallabies and kangaroos venture out to graze.

Kangaroo grazing at White Rock

Kangaroos grazing at White Rock

Sunset

White Rock Art Gallery is constantly changing. The seasons, the effects of erosion, bushfires and other factors all contribute to  new exhibitions on each visit. It’s interesting to think that each collection of photos I take will be unique to those walks.  I had been confident that this conservation reserve would remain protected but property development is occurring at a phenomenal rate in this area. Many of the nature corridors joining White Rock are being swallowed up by housing.  It’s my hope that White Rock Gallery never disappears. I’d rather be immersed in the real thing than stare at a screen of memories.  It reminds me  of Joni Mitchell‘s lyrics from Yellow Taxi:

“They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot.”

Thanks for reading.

96 thoughts on “The Art of Hiking – White Rock Galleries

  1. What a truly lovely read and a feast for the eyes as I sit here on a dark, chilly morning. When we visited Australia we noticed a whole new palette of colours and each and every time I read your blog I’m reminded of them. Thank you Jane.

    • Thanks Pete! Sorry it’s a dark and chilly morning there. I think I would find that difficult to cope with day after day. I do enjoy our blue skies and I feel lucky to have such a palette of colours to view on my walks. I love your art reference there. I should have used it. 🙂 I hope you get a chance to come back one day, Pete. I plan to visit your country within the next 18 months to 2 years. Happy weekend! 🙂

  2. Wow! These are beautiful sandstone rocks Jane. The colours are so vivid. I love the inclusion of art in this blog post. Your daughter’s sketches and your friend’s colourful dot paintings somehow intersect quite well with the colour and composition of what your eye is seeing in nature during your walks. As you say the bush, is a living, boundless art gallery. 🙂

    • Thanks very much, Gail. I only realised recently when Sally contacted me, how much I think about art when hiking. I guess we regularly ‘plagiarise” nature when we copy its patterns to use in our home furnishings and clothes…we have fake woodgrain, sandstone, marble, shell and flower patterns etc. If we can’t be outdoors but we try to bring it inside! Nature is our inspiration for so many designs.I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Happy pedalling and writing, Gail! 🙂

  3. You have a pleasing way with words Jane, from barking bliss to rocky rapture.
    It’s the rock that attracts me to this place, don’t know if the boy could resist climbing it, at least to scramble around the soft edges.
    I think I’ll have to get a bike, that ‘knee’ picture reminds me … gotta be practical.

    • Thank you, Mark. I’m pleased you enjoyed my words.
      Yes, I think the rock is a great temptation to climb…so many nooks and crannies. I’ve never been to the top. I just walk around the sides. One day I sheltered on the soft red earth under an overhang during a heavy downpour. It was one of the few spots where I could lie down without fear of ant and spider bites. Very peaceful!
      Yes, that knee picture is a good reminder of our fragility. I remember often having knees like that as a child.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mark. I’m still amazed by your insect shots. 🙂

    • Thank you for those encouraging comments, Susan. White Rock is a favourite haunt of mine and there is always something new to see. I hope to take Sally, the artist, there one day. Yes, Joni’s words, written quite a long time ago, are sadly appropriate to “progress”. Have a lovely weekend, Susan. 🙂

    • Thanks very much, Steve. I think though that if you can go fast and you enjoy it you might as well keep the pace up while you can! 🙂 There will be plenty of time to go slow when your body starts to falls apart like mine. I’d probably travel more distance if my joints were better. I go slowly and see a lot of things in a short distance but you travel much further and get to see places I can’t reach so I reckon it evens out. 😉
      Always wonderful to hear from you, Steve. I hope you and the family have a great weekend ahead. 🙂

  4. This post is beautiful and very artistic, Jane.
    Your point at the end is very important and can not be repeated too often or we end up with, paying an entrance fee to see the pictures of what was once supported by sound images of extinct birds.
    Thanks for sharing the story and those stunning pictures ❤
    Hanna

    • Thanks for those lovely comments, Hanna. I’m inspired by the beautiful walks and pictures you share on your blog.
      Yes, Joni Mitchell’s words continue to be relevant many years after she first wrote the song. We lose so much in the name of “progress” don’t we?
      It always lovely to hear from you, Hanna. I wish you a happy weekend. 🙂

  5. The sandstone sure is beautiful there! Funny how things can look alike a whole half a planet away.
    If we were to go on a hike together, most likely our families would have to send the rescue crews out… We’d be found, hovering over an odd fungi formation, discussing which species it is and not notice that 3 days had gone by!
    I enjoyed enough to follow! See you in the reader 😉

    • Yes, it’s funny how some things can be vastly different and others strangely similar, hey? I had to smile when I read your post after writing mine. 🙂
      Hahah…I’m glad to make contact with another person who gets very distracted by nature! Yes, perhaps there is a problem when two people who are detail addicted walk together…they never finish a walk. Sounds like fun though!
      Thanks for the follow and also your lovely comments. Best wishes. 🙂

  6. Love the beautiful artistic theme to your post Jane, it was inspiring and very interesting to see the variety of textures and colours in trees, rocks and fungi. If my daughter and I were there she would have said ‘Texture dad texture!’ as she shares passion as a professional photographer and as her father’s daughter. We share the same love of God’s amazing art gallery and the beautiful textures and hues that exhibit there as you do Jane. Beautiful images and I hope you made it to gates before they locked them, I have been caught a couple of times locked in for the same reasons. Have a great weekend:-)

    • Thank you very much for those encouraging words. Yes, I can imagine your daughter would say that to you. Texture is so important. I hope one day I will learn enough about the camera to capture this better.
      It is always lovely to meet people who share the same passion for the natural world. There is so much beauty out there to enjoy.
      I’ve cut it close with gate shutting times on a few occasions. It’s easy to lose track of time when you are having so much fun.
      Have a beautiful weekend and continue sharing your excellent nature collections. Thanks again! 🙂

  7. Hi Jane, What a fabulous post about the attractions of White Rocks Conservation Estate! I hope we have learnt enough in recent years to leave wild life corridors intact so the creatures in the Reserve do not become marooned on a desert island.

    • Thank you very much, Margaret. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I hoped the art theme would appeal to you. I always look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to down south and also checking out your latest sketches.
      Unfortunately, I’m still seeing a lot of development in areas that should be left alone due to land purchases that were made by developers before new environment protection laws came into place. I sincerely hope White Rock Conservation Estate does not end up an island, as you say. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  8. I just love those red and orange rocks – they start to speak to me! (do I sound mad?!!) but there’s just something about them, I could sit and look at them all day… if I didn’t have to work!

    • I know exactly what you mean as I feel the same way. You aren’t mad, or if you are, I must be too! I’ve actually spent hours there, staring at these patterns. There’s a real presence about the place, Freya. It calls me back again and again. It’s just a big hunk of sandstone but there’s something rather magical about it. It has atmosphere. The sandstone walls almost seem alive…
      I hope all goes well with your health tests, Freya. It would be wonderful if you could get those shadows off your back. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Tom, for those encouraging words. It helps me keep blogging when I receive such warm support. I appreciate it. I hope you and Mrs T have a lovely weekend and there is more sunshine coming your way to enjoy a peddle and a walk. 🙂

    • Thanks, John. I’m actually surprised people are still reading! I wouldn’t have kept going if it wasn’t for the encouragement of you and other early supporters. I appreciate it very much. Have a beautiful Sunday. 🙂

  9. Jane, you’ve done it again! I am sitting here at the computer in the early morning hours with my coffee, completely side-tracked from chores and outdoor work that I should be doing… mesmerized by this latest post. Your photography is simply stunning! I truly love the nature paintings by Sally Harrison. And how wonderful to have a daughter who is so talented! Have you chosen a new blog theme? I really love the photography layout – it showcases your photographs in a pleasing manner. You’re very talented at grouping your work, and your narrative throughout is just wonderful storytelling be it humorous, factual, or historical. I have a feeling I’ll have to come back and have another look or two today! Have a wonderful weekend, Jane! 😀

    • Lori, you are so encouraging as always! Thanks for your kind support. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post so much. I still have the same theme but have upgraded to premium to get more data. By doing this it gives me the choice to customise it as well. I’m terrible with the tech side of things and am indecisive so it will take me some time to make a few more changes. I’ve started to try out some things though. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t have any new walks and have been unwell for over a month now so it will be interesting to see if I can find anything to post about! 🙂 This latest one was about a walk I’ve already written about of course but after having contact with the lovely Sally, I thought it would be nice to revisit it with the artistic theme. It was only after interacting with Sally that I realised why I tend to dawdle so much on walks. Thanks for the praise of my daughter’s talent. I will pass that on to her.
      Nature is very inspiring. It is easy to take nice photos when surrounded by so many beautiful subjects.
      Thanks my friend, for your lovely words. You always put a smile on my face. Have a wonderful weekend too, Lori. I look forward to reading another one of your gems! 😀

  10. I hope so, too, Jane. It is always such fun to go along with you, too! I really had to chuckle, as I do the same thing and as evening descends it takes all my resolve to stop gazing at things and walk to the car before I’m locked in. I love it that the natural world is like a big art gallery to you too. Thank you for sharing that wonderful artwork~she is amazing!

    • I’m so glad you found it fun to share my walk, Melissa. Heheh…can you imagine if we went for a walk together? Would we ever make it home? As it is, the only reason that I make it back by dark sometimes is because my hiking partners are not as distracted and end up dragging me along. 🙂
      It’s lovely to share this passion with people who understand. Looking forward to watching how your current piece progresses. You are very talented! Happy painting. 🙂

  11. The solution is for you to go hiking with a nature photographer, although that might just reverse the roles: based on the pictures you’ve shown here, if you and I went out to the White Rock Galleries together, you’d get tired of waiting for me because I’d take so many pictures.

    • Well, it’s a pity you live in Texas, Steve, isn’t it? I’m sure we’d find a great deal to be distracted by. When I see the sandstone patterns I’m reminded of your more abstract shots you shared from New Zealand. I can guarantee you’d spend many hours at the rock and also enjoy our wonderful variations in tree trunks. As for me getting tired of waiting for you, I doubt that. It is a source of amusement to my friends how many 100s of photographs I take on my walks, and how little distance I cover during the process! Your photos of White Rock would be far superior to mine though. I’m still “playing about” but it’s fun. Thanks, Steve. 🙂

      • The first thing I thought about when I started reading and looking at your post was the abstract patterns I’d found in New Zealand. Let’s hope I make it back to Australia one of these days. In the meantime, you’re doing a great job making people aware of abstractions in trees and rocks.

  12. You always include photos of an amazing variety of subjects, and that’s especially true of this post. You’re truly bringing the Australia that you love to life for the rest of the world to enjoy! You see the things that most of us would miss, until some one such as yourself pointed them out to us.

    I’m not going to attempt to pick any one type of subject as a favorite, I loved them all, from the rocks, fungi, tree bark patterns, etc. Even though you didn’t paint them, I liked seeing the artwork done using the dot painting technique, I’ve never seen that before. Great post all the way around!

    • Thanks very much, Jerry. I haven’t been on any proper walks for a while due to being sick and catching up with work, so I wasn’t sure what to write about this time. But then I was reminded that I should just share something that I love – something that makes me happy. Looking through my old photos albums I found pictures from a few walks to White Rock. It’s close to where I live and I always enjoy the sandstone patterns, so the blog post was born. Contact from Sally was very encouraging and reminded me of my love of art. I’m glad that my love for the area was obvious through my post.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed Sally’s artwork. It is beautiful and shows her love for nature.
      Thank you for the encouragement and support, Jerry. I always look forward to the beautiful photo collections you share from your own part of the world. Happy walking! 🙂

  13. Beautiful post, Jane! Gorgeous photos! I love the variety in your posts and your narrative just flows along connecting all the different themes. Your daughter’s artwork is so good! I also love Sally Harrison’s paintings; I am glad she has found a little peace through her art. It has taken me three attempts and two days to get as far as commenting here! I was either interrupted and had to go off and do something else or was distracted by another of your great posts and wandered away. In your ‘Lured by the Big Dog’ post you mentioned Picnic at Hanging Rock. I watched the film again earlier this year and it is quite disturbing! That sound-track! It was a favourite film of mine and my friends at school; a) because it was a bit scary and b) Dominic Guard was in it.

    • Thanks very much, Clare! I often look at the same blog post a few times but it can take me a few days to compose a comment. I get distracted too. 🙂
      Sally’s artwork is beautiful and I do think my daughter has some talent, even though I am probably biased being her mum! I’ll pass on your comments. Sally has had a difficult life but is an inspiration with the way she has come through it and has found some peace. A wonderful woman.
      I still have memories of Picnic at Hanging Rock…creepy ones! The music is so haunting isn’t it and it doesn’t help that there was no “answer” to their disappearance! Heheh…I don’t remember who Dominic Guard was. I may have to revisit it…;-)
      Have a wonderful week, Clare. Thanks for your kind support. 🙂

    • White Rock is a great place and there are plenty of spiders…;-) Thanks for reading and for commenting. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I also look forward to seeing what you get up to on your blog. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  14. Hi Jane,
    I’ve just got back to Glasgow after my West Highland Way walk, reading your post I can almost smell the eucalyptus, I can’t wait to get home 🙂 Interestingly I checked out two of the bigger art galleries here in Glasgow and both had some of our indigenous art on display, I thought that was pretty cool.
    Cheers Kevin

    • Hi Kevin,
      I’m glad you survived your West Highland walk. I’ll be interested to see the pics and read what you thought of it. Very different to Queensland that’s for sure. I hope the weather wasn’t too awful and the midges not too ferocious. Yes, there is something special about our eucalyptus bushland, isn’t there?
      Great to read that the gallery had Indigenous art!
      Have a safe flight home, Kevin, and thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

  15. Fabulous post Jane! I have no doubt you are an artist. Maybe next year you should think about going to the Bimblebox Art Camp? I think you’d love it. Cheers, Paula

    • Thanks very much for the encouragement, Paula. You are kind. Well, I do enjoy the “doing” of art, but I’m not sure others would say I have talent. 😉 I think it’s relaxing and fun though. I hadn’t thought about attending the art camp. Perhaps if I am still around next year, you could remind me of it? Your artwork is beautiful, Paula. Happy sketching! 🙂

  16. You really formulate it so well – nature is definitely an art gallery! When I was looking at you photos some of the close ups of the rock surface reminded me of sea shell:) Very beautiful! And then I though of something I had not heard about before we visited Yellowstone this fall. They had something they called petrified trees – trees turned into stones – I am sure you would have loved them:)

    • Thanks very much, Inger. I hadn’t thought about the similarity to sea shells, but now that you’ve suggested it, I can see it too. They do have those variations in colour, texture and patterns, don’t they? 🙂
      I’ve seen small chunks of petrified wood but it would be amazing to view whole trees. You are right, Inger. I would have loved to have seen them. You understand my rock rapture well! It’s lovely to hear from you again. I hope you are well. Have a great week. 🙂

  17. Ah, yes – Yellow Taxi is a great song, and that particular verse always gets me. ‘Cause we’d probably do it, stupid fools that we are.
    What a beautiful place Jane. I love your ‘having to run out – a whole 10m’ comment! I hope the property developers are kept at bay. We need these places more.
    Love your work! 🙂

    • Hi Dayna,
      Yes, given our past treatment of the environment, I think humans are foolish enough to do that kind of thing! 😦 I’ve probably shared the best parts of White Rock in my blog. I know that some walkers see it as a bit of boring scrub and it’s true that when it’s dry and hot, it’s not a comfortable walk, but there is a lot of beauty to discover if people take a bit of time to look. The sandstone rocks are pretty special. We are so very lucky to have this area of bushland in our suburb. It would be a terrible shame to lose it. It supports a great deal of wildlife and is a very important cultural area for our local Indigenous people too.
      Thanks for the lovely comments, Dayna. I also love your work! Happy pedaling! Remember our extended conversation in the comments section of one of my blog posts (I think it was Ngungun) about you wanting a Brompton? Look at you now with your Melbourne Brompton clubbers! Great work! 🙂

  18. Great post once again, Jane! You show us that when we really looks around us we are surrounded by layers of magnificence down to the finest detail. The rock, tree bark and sap, flowers, lichen; it is all layers of paint on the greatest masterpiece and tomorrow it will look different.

    • Thank you very much, David. I appreciate the lovely encouragement. I feel most relaxed on my walks. There is so much of interest and beauty to keep my mind from straying to more negative thoughts. When I don’t get out for a walk, I find myself becoming too overwhelmed by problems which aren’t really problems at all. Thanks for sharing your own nature passions on your excellent blog. 🙂

  19. Hi Jane.

    Another thoroughly enjoyable post. Sandstone is amazing, the way it changes colour in light and when wet. I also hope that some corridors are left in that area, so much change and development, frightening. I visited there a few years back and was greatly impressed, the view east from those outcrops east is quite surprising, like stepping back in time. Have you ever been up Flinders Peak?

    Funny coincidence, we were listening to Joni Mitchell on the weekend, and were marveling at a YouTube clip of her playing Big Yellow Taxi live on acoustic guitar, utterly enthralling, and such clever and ever-relevant lyrics after all these years!

    All the best, Rob

    • Hi Rob,
      I’ve been wondering how you are as I haven’t seen a post lately. Great to hear from you and thanks for the kind feedback.
      Yes, it can be quite shocking to see how quickly development occurs. I’ve now got 4 shopping complexes within 10km of my home and much of the bushland has been converted to housing development. I’ve been to the Flinders Peak-Goolman Estate area and wrote a blog post about it in the early days (Butterflies and thistles I think) but I haven’t been to the top of Flinders Peak yet. I tried to go there on one trip but the roads were a bit flooded and my little car was not really up to it (Spontaneous Sauerkraut post). plus I was on my own and thought better of it. I want to get up there one day though.
      Joni’s singing and lyrics are great aren’t they. I also love the song “Both Sides Now” but prefer her new version. It’s quite haunting.

      Best wishes to you and yours! 🙂

  20. Great shots, makes me miss Aus. Minus the spiders. I regret spending so much of my trip in the cities. Sadly I don’t think there was enough time regardless of how long I stayed.

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the shots, although I’m sorry it has made you miss our country. It can take a long time to really explore our diverse country and jobs and holidays don’t allow for much opportunity to do this. I have only travelled to 2 states in my lifetime. I hope you get a chance to come back one day and explore more. I hope to visit Ontario too! Best wishes. 🙂

  21. Jane, it’s been too long since I paid you a visit. Today’s was amazing as always. Loved your photography, even the red trunked trees. I think I would enjoy visiting a trail with you, as I too love the minutia in nature.

    • Thanks, Lynda. 🙂 I’m finding it hard to keep up with all my blogger friends. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, I agree. We’d have a wonderful time exploring these trails together. Thanks for also sharing your beautiful photographs and thoughts on your own blog. 🙂

      • Trust me, I understand. I don’t get round to everyone every time, so when I do arrive I make sure to get caught up. This time around it was you and Lori at Day by Day the Farmgirl Way. You are both delightful destinations for an extended visit. 🙂

    • It’s a special place that’s for sure. Thanks for following, reading and commenting on my blog. Great to hear from you. I look forward to reading further blog posts from you. Best wishes. 🙂

    • Thanks very much, Stephanie. I just checked out your website. Fantastic stuff. I’m very interested in geology. The tessellated pavement in Tassie is an amazing natural phenomenon. I’ll be following your blog and Twitter account. Thanks for your interest. 🙂

  22. Hi Jane I would like to thank you for posting all these photos up of White Rock and would like to know where abouts you had taken them all, as I haven’t seen all those cliffs and everything else I see in your photos.
    P.s Daryl

    • Hi Daryl,
      Thanks for the lovely feedback. There are a few places called White Rock in Australia. This is White Rock near Ipswich. I am attaching a link to a pdf brochure that should give you simple maps of the walking trails. There is Little White Rock which is not far from the carpark and the much larger White Rock which is about 3.2km from the starting point at the carpark. There is also the White Rock Ridge walk that branches off to the left when you have ascended the steep steps at Big White Rock. I hope the link works for you. The photos I took are all from the walking trails on the brochure. I hope that helps?
      http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/24410/white_rock_spring_mountain_trails_guide.pdf
      Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy hiking!
      Jane

    • Hi Daryl,
      I’ve done the Yaddamun trail which goes from White Rock to and along the Spring Mountain Forest Park fenceline – all up about 19km I think? A few years ago in the days when the signage was less clear, my brother and I took a few unintentional “detours.” We accidentally did about 30km according to his phone app because of our wrong turns and circling. The walk I think you mean ends/begins near a park in Greenbank? I was planning to explore that one in winter. At the moment though, life is a little busy as a close relative had a stroke and I hurt my back helping her. Best wishes. 🙂

    • P.S. The Yaddamun Trail is good exercise but quite exposed so a bit hot in summer. From memory it is mainly wide fire trails and now a popular horse riding trail. I don’t remember it being particularly scenic compared to other trails in the conservation estate. Perhaps I was just heat affected at the time though! 🙂 Inside the Spring Mountain area there are some gullies and varying vegetation that I’ve heard are worth exploring.

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