Margot and I had previously visited White Rock Conservation Park, several years ago. It was a hot steamy day and we exited quickly, when a fierce thunderstorm approached rapidly. It was wonderful to return again and share our find with Laurel and Jenny.
After coffee and cake at the Paperbark Flats Picnic area, a wide sandy, flat trail, through open eucalpyt forest, took us several kilometres to the base of the rocky ridge,
A new trail had been created to make a circuit around the main, craggy outcrop. Here we are approaching from the back. I was determined that this time I would make it to the top of White Rock.
It was not to be, so we retraced our steps about 50m and hiked to its front, dramatic face. Thanks for the pic Laurel.
I now believe that this is the access route. [on the left] I'll be back.
Completing the circumnavigation.[Laurel]
Happening on a new fixed map of the trails, we discovered a new ridge trail would take us back to the carpark. There were smaller outcrops, great views and lovely gums, but just the initial map and direction sign.
Flower of the grass tree, pointing us in the right direction.
Spot Brisbane city.
Unfortunately I'm the only hiker in our group who has a good sense of direction. It is quite a responsibility, as our trail signage and maps are often quite confusing. I was happily striding along this lovely ridge track, which was definitely heading in the direction of the carpark, when it started veering right and continued to do so. I knew there was another trail in that direction and became increasingly concerned that we had somehow joined it. I had just made the suggestion that if the main track or signage didn't appear after another 15 mins, we should consider retracing our steps. Thankfully that wasn't necessary and the group added today to their list of favourite hikes.
Thursday 4 May - Gaiter Girls
Daisy Hill Forest Park is only about 10 kms from my home, but I do not visit it often. Our hike today reinforced why. The vegetation is generally dry and sparse in the gravelly soil. It is renowned for being a koala habitat, but we have yet to see one. The wallabies are also less frequently seen.
The worst feature is the number of trails without signage, so we are constantly trying to decide what direction to take.
Our destination today was the Old Quarry and it was the highlight of the morning, with its reflections and water lilies.
Another highlight was finding this long necked turtle at least 100 m from water. He appeared to be digging a hole. Poor fellow, the ground was rock hard, even after all our rain.
The closest waterhole.
An impressive, old, gnarly melaleuca or paperbark tree.