Escape the city lights with a less than 50-minute drive out of Brisbane at White Rock Conservation Park.


  • 360° views of the sunrise
  • Hiking & climbing White Rock
  • Quick drive to escape the city
  • Not a well-known spot

The Lowdown

We set our alarm clocks for 2.30am, ready for our sunrise trek to White Rock Conservation Park.

Less than 50 minutes west of Brisbane’s CBD, we were excited to get out to White Rock and explore this conservation park that was quietly resting on the back doorstep of the suburbs.

After a stop for some hash browns and coffee, we arrived at a dirt road located at the end of a suburban street to greet our friends at 3.45am and began the 45-minute walk/hike from the carpark towards White Rock. There is clear signage guiding you towards White Rock as you walk along the track. If you decide to walk this track before sunrise, make sure to have a torch in hand until the early light starts to illuminate the path.

Sunrise At White Rock (QLD) ben wright sunrise white rock

White Rock — An Easy Summit Before Breakfast

Just as first light was coming over the horizon, we reached the bottom of White Rock. Around the side of the rock, there is an easy and stable climb to the top of the rock where the 360° views are outstanding.

The best part about White Rock is that it’s surrounded by bushland nearly as far as the eye can see, which completely takes you away from the fact you’re only a 5-minute drive from the nearest suburban area.

What looked to be a cloudy overcast day was soon turned upside down as the sun pierced through and gave us a sunrise to lust over. We spent the next hour talking about life, eating Pringles and listening to light music before heading back to the car park.

For those who are interested in a sleep in and wish to tackle White Rock during the day, there’s a number of recreational activities that are available, including mountain biking, horse riding, nature study and plenty of picnic areas! There is also plenty of other shorter tracks with great lookouts that you can follow from the carpark.

Essential Gear

  • Torch
  • Plenty of water
  • Good shoes
  • Warm clothes before the sun rises
  • Camera & tripod

How To Get There

White Rock Conservation Park is around 50km (less than 50 minutes drive) west of Brisbane’s CBD. Entrance to the park is on 252 School Rd, Redbank Plains


  • Hiking
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic facilities
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Cave exploring
  • Climbing

Skill Level


Distance Covered

6km Return track — 45 Minutes one way.


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