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About Glen Rock

Getting there and getting around

Grass trees and eucalypts dominate the landscape. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Grass trees and eucalypts dominate the landscape. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

To get to Glen Rock State Forest head to the intersection of Gatton−Toowoomba Road and Mount Sylvia Road on the western edge of Gatton. Take Mount Sylvia Road south through Tenthill and then continue south to Junction View. At Junction View State Primary School turn left and follow East Haldon Road to Glen Rock State Forest. The state forest is approximately 40 km south of Gatton at the end of East Haldon Road on Blackfellow Creek and is identified by signs at the boundary.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council has provided directional signs to assist visitors.

Forest features

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Glen Rock State Forest preserves a diverse range of landforms, vegetation communities and wildlife. It stretches from the fertile flats of the Blackfellow, Shady, Flaggy and Black Duck creeks to the rugged gorges, ridges and high plateau country of the Great Dividing and Mistake ranges and borders Main Range National Park to the south. 

The vegetation communities range from open woodlands and rocky escarpments to dry vine scrub and rainforest.

Vulnerable wildlife species such as the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (pictured), powerful owl and glossy black-cockatoo inhabit the area.

Camping and accommodation

Horse yards are provided at the eastern end of the Casuarina group camping area. Photo: Kirstin Beasley, Queensland Government.

Horse yards are provided at the eastern end of the Casuarina group camping area. Photo: Kirstin Beasley, Queensland Government.

Camping is permitted at Casuarina camping area in Glen Rock State Forest. A camping permit is required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Domestic animals are not permitted in the camping area. Horses are permitted only in the designated horse yards at the eastern end of the group camping area.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Gatton.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Look for the volcanic outcrop. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Look for the volcanic outcrop. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Walking

Walking is permitted on formed roads and tracks in the park, including two designated shared trails (PDF, 170K). When using these shared trails, walkers must give way to horseriders and cyclists must give way to both horseriders and walkers.

If you intend to go on an extended walk please check the route with a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger and advise them of your plans.

Horseriding and cycling

Horseriding and cycling is permitted only on designated shared trails within Glen Rock State Forest.

Give way code signFollow the give-way code
  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers must give way to horses.
Trail Distance Description
Blackfellow Creek trail 16 km return Starting at the locked gate near the entrance to the Casuarina camping area, the trail follows the creek from the fertile, alluvial flats to the headwaters of Blackfellow Creek ending at the historic Top Yards.

Water in the creek is limited especially during winter and early spring (August to November) when rainfall is scarce. Beware of cattle on the Blackfellow Creek trail—leave gates as you find them and do not approach cattle.

Christies loop 5.2 km return

This trail commences 1.2 km from the Casuarina camping area back along East Haldon Road. This steep and rocky trail offers views over Blackfellow Creek valley and the signature red rock outcrop that is Glen Rock.

Water may only be found at the start of the trail where it crosses Blackfellow creek. Creek water can be intermittent during winter and early spring (August to November) when rainfall is scarce.

Beware of cattle on the Christies loop—leave gates as you find them and do not approach cattle.

When using shared trails, pedestrians and cyclists must give way to horseriders.

To help reduce your impact on our natural areas and waterways:

  • Only allow horses to cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points on the trail.
  • Avoid riding during and after rain when tracks are soft, wet and muddy.
  • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
  • Tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas for short periods only to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
  • Avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds and that horses don’t feed on invasive species 48 hr before park visits.
  • Follow the code of conduct for horseriding through parks and forests—a set of guidelines for horseriders to follow to minimise their impact on forest park environments, and ensure they are meeting the legislative requirements of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Forestry Act 1959.

For other shared trails in South East Queensland visit the SEQ horseriding trail network page or the mountains biking section of the off the beaten track page.

Ride safely

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Ride only on formed roads. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
  • Slow down and consider other track users. Follow the give-way code.
  • Avoid riding in large groups. Keep groups to fewer than 8.
  • Avoid riding during and after rain when tracks are soft, wet and muddy.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—this may result in collision with other trail users and injury.
  • Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.

Things to know before you go

Remember to pack zip-lock bags so you can take your rubbish home. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

Remember to pack zip-lock bags so you can take your rubbish home. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

  • Wear sturdy shoes and take drinking water when walking or riding.
  • A first-aid kit and torch should be carried. Learn first-aid procedures.
  • Use protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, for protection from the sun and biting insects.
  • There are no bins provided—please bring rubbish bags to ensure all rubbish is removed from the park and reserve.
  • Fuel or gas stoves are recommended for cooking, but if you do wish to use the fire places provided please bring your own wood or purchase it locally. Never collect wood from the park or roadside. Take care with fire, keep your fires below the grate and make sure your fire is out before you leave it, especially during hot or windy conditions. Elevated barbecues and braziers that use heat beads are permitted provided the ground beneath them is protected.

Opening hours

Glen Rock State Forest is open 24 hours a day. For your safety walk in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Camping permits are required to camp in Glen Rock State Forest and fees apply.

Other permits

Permits are required for all commercial activities, organised events and/or competitive events run in Glen Rock State Forest.

Please contact Permit and Licence Management for further information.

Drinking water

Tap-water is provided in the day-use and camping area. Boil or chemically treat all tap-water before drinking.

Pets

Domestic animals, except horses, are not permitted in Glen Rock State Forest.

Climate and weather

In summer, daytime temperatures in the area average 31°C and can exceed 40°C. The cooler months of the year, from April to September, are the best times to visit.

Most rain falls during the summer months—thunderstorms are common. Check the weather forecast and local park conditions before setting out. Glen Rock can experience rapid changes in weather. Watch out for late spring and summer thunderstorms, they can form suddenly over the ranges, bringing heavy rainfall and localised flash flooding.

After heavy rain, the roads may become impassable with numerous creek crossings subject to flooding. Check Queensland Traffic—traffic and travel information (13 19 40) or with the RACQ for road conditions before setting out.

Fire can be a threat during the summer months—check park alerts before planning your trip.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Gatton, Grantham and Helidon. For more information see, the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

The facilities provided at Glen Rock State Forest are for your enjoyment and provide an ideal base from which to experience the area.

  • Be prepared. Plan your trip carefully and make sure your camping equipment and vehicle are in good working order.
  • Check weather conditions at a minimum the day before you leave home, by visiting the Bureau of Meteorology.
  • Weather conditions can change rapidly. Leave early; once the creek crossings are flooded you could be stuck in the park for several days. When flood waters do subside be aware that roads may be damage and remain impassible.
  • Drink tap-water only. Tap-water is provided in the day-use and camping area. Boil or chemically treat all tap-water before drinking.
  • Please do not feed or leave food for native animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Keep away from livestock. Permitted livestock graze the state forest and your behaviour can disturb them. Please stay away from livestock and leave gates as you find them.
  • Mobile phone reception is unreliable in this area but may be possible in areas with high elevation.

In an emergency

In case of an accident or other emergency please:

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers
  • Advise emergency services of your location and nature of your emergency, and stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

The nearest hospital is located at Gatton.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the forest

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

  • Do not bring domestic animals (other than horses) into the park.
  • Take rubbish home with you as no bins are provided.
  • Camp in designated areas only.
  • Stay on roads—do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Use only the fireplaces provided.
  • Everything in this forest is protected. Do not take or disturb plants and animals.
  • Please provide your own firewood—do not collect wood from the park.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Forest management

Glen Rock State Forest is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to complement neighbouring land uses.

Tourism information links

Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre
www.discoverlockyer.com.au 
34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton Qld 4343
ph (07) 5466 3425
email  

Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre
www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au 
86 James Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350
ph (07) 4639 3797
email  

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

Further information

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Last updated
16 October 2018