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Leader – Colin Bridge
Total Distance: - White Rock(1) 13.2k, White Rock(2) 2.1k Total 15.3k
Walkers –
Julie, Jackie, Esme, Paul, John, Colin

2014-08-09 White Rock ExplorationsOnly six of us made the journey north west to White Rock Conservation Park.  The weather was sunny but cool and ideal for exploration of this sandstone country.

We started off from the Paperbark Flats Picnic Area as we had four years ago when Peter and Sara led the walk by going up the power transmission lines.  We were trying to find our way around to the southern end of White Rock and then make our way up to White Rock itself.  Our real problem was trying to find the junction that would lead up toward the White Rock Trail off the Yuddamun Trail three to five kilometres along.

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As we walked we could hear the many sounds of birds which did not seem to be bothered by the constant hiss and buzzing of the high voltage transmission lines.  We stopped for Smoko at the Wooragoo Creek.  It was shaded and cool in the dry sandy creek bed and it looked like water had not flowed for some time.  From here on we were double checking all of the apparent junctions but all we found were maintenance tracks to the transmission pylons.  At about the 3.5k mark from where we left we decided to follow a trail bike path to see whether we could bush-bash through to what we knew must have been the track leading up to the White Rock track.  After losing the trail a few times we came across a gully and we decided to follow it back north.  We came across a wide fire trail that we had not been on and decided that this must be it.  However, having taken so much time to find it we decided that discretion would be the better part of valour and follow the track back to the Yuddamun Trail to see where we had missed it earlier.

We found the junction and wondered why we had not seen it earlier - hidden in plain sight.  Never mind, it was now clearly marked on the GPS as a waypoint and we wouldn’t miss it next time.  We had lunch at the same place we has smoko at Wooragoo Creek and then made our way back to the car park, this time along the horse trail which looked like it had only recently been completed.

As we had time on our hands we decided to explore all of the short walks closer to the car park including the Six Mile Creek Boardwalk, Bluff Lookout Circuit, Little White Rock Track and Little White Rock Lookout Circuit Track.

Although we had not achieved our main goal of finding White Rock from the south-eastern side we did manage to do some good exploration of the area which would enable us to find it next time we visit.  Afternoon refreshments were had at a small bakery/café along School Road – Colin.

 

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