Visiting Glen Rock safely
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 veer left and follow East Haldon Road to Glen Rock State Forest. The state forest is approximately 40km 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.
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:
- Call Triple Zero (000)
- 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.
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.
Glen Rock State Forest is open 24 hours a day. For your safety walk in daylight hours only.
Permits and fees
Camping permits are required to camp in Glen Rock State Forest and fees apply.
- Find out more about camping in Glen Rock State Forest.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Tap-water is provided in the day-use and camping area. Boil or chemically treat all tap-water before drinking.
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 Department of Transport and Main Roads (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.