White’s Rock Walk

Corner Lima East Rd and Stans Track, Strathbogie Forest, Creek Junction 3669

White’s Rock Walk

Corner Lima East Rd and Stans Track, Strathbogie Forest, Creek Junction 3669

Staff Pick
1 h 30 m
3.85 km
Intermediate

After a beautiful drive through Strathbogie Forest, begin your walk on the foot track opposite Stans Track. Walk through lush native vegetation to the spectacle of White's Rock.

White’s Rock Walk

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Summary

After a beautiful drive through Strathbogie Forest, begin your walk on the foot track opposite Stans Track. Walk through lush native vegetation to the spectacle of White's Rock.

Description

This is a linear return track that takes you to and from your destination. The track is narrow, but clear. Most of the way it is a dirt base, but there are some mild rocky rises as well. Take care on loose surfaces and where it can be muddy or slippery in wetter months.

If you are on the lookout for a walk that takes you through the protected gullies and slopes of a moist, cool climate Strathbogie Ranges forest, then out onto a large exposed granite platform with an impressive view – this is a walk for you.

Along the way you will pass ferneries, tall cool climate eucalypts, a dense midstory, prolific seasonal shrub blooming and wildflowers. Then you will cross a ridge line through drier open grassy woodland onto a dramatic granite outcrop. However, this is just the precursor to the enormous slab that is White’s Rock. As you walk out onto this vacant expanse, you will find yourself with 180 degrees of view directly opposite Rocky Ned. This place certainly has a “Wow” factor!

There is car parking for a half dozen cars on Lima East Rd where it intersects with Stans Track.

Amenities:
Car parking
Flora and fauna habitat
Roadside directional sign (for Stans Track)

Cautions:
Cliff faces
Modest climbs
Soft shoulders
Rocks may fall
Limbs may fall
Uneven ground
No potable water
Slippery surfaces
Subject to flooding
Snakes may be active
Tracks may not be clear
Beware of vehicle traffic near car park
Mobile reception may be unreliable
Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart
Be equipped for self-reliant hiking

Restrictions:
Dogs must be leashed & under control at all times
Take rubbish with you
Do not remove soil or rock
Native flora and fauna are protected
Do not remove timber from standing trees
Closed on days of total fire ban
No 4WD or motor bike access
Drivers/riders must: use formed roads only, be licensed, be registered

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Points of Interest

1. Car parking

There is room for 5 or 6 cars off Lima East Rd at the corner with Stans Track.

2. Into the forest, the foot track starts here.

Directly opposite the car park area you will see the foot track leading up and into the forest. Never particularly steep, it is rocky in places.

3. The track to White's Rock

It is mostly a narrow, but clear, earth path created by walkers and illegal dirt motorbike use (damage is light).

4. The mid story

This walk has a profusion of mid story indigenous flora to enjoy such as Prickly Currant-bush, Daisy-bushes, Heaths and this pretty Grevillia alpina.

5. A change in the forest

As you get closer to White's Rock, the soil gets shallow, dry and you crest the ridge into northern exposure. The tall Narrow-leaf Peppermints, Blue and Manna Gums give way to straggly Stringybarks.

6. A riot of colour

Spring sees vivid flowering from the ground cover up. In season, this cracked pavement meadow is alive with vibrant reds, whites, pinks, mauves and yellows.

7. A closer view

One of the significant contributors to the display of colour is the abundance of Swamp Honey Myrtle.

8. White's Rock

Arriving at White's Rock is a "Wow" moment. Rocky Ned Lookout is directly opposite.

9. Native garden beds

If you inspect the western side of White's Rock you will find long earth filled cracks that have been self seeded just like well maintained native garden beds.

10. Leaving the rock

The transition from enormous granite pavement back into the forest is quite striking.


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