Whites Hill Reserve

Whites Hill Reserve is over 170 hectares in size and is located approximately seven kilometres south-east of the Brisbane CBD.

Whites Hill is an important bushland remnant supporting a number of vegetation communities including open eucalypt forest and rainforest. Sankeys Scrub is found within the reserve and is an important remnant of dry rainforest. The variety of habitats within this bushland makes it a very important refuge for a diversity of wildlife.

Compliance and conservation staff undertake patrols in Whites Hill Reserve. We are asking park users and the community to consider the crossover between backyards and natural areas, encourage responsible park use, and to report behaviours that can harm the natural areas we all enjoy. Find out more about conservation compliance and community care

Walking track information and track map

Whites Hill Reserve offers a variety of walking tracks and trails.

To see a map of the reserve, track locations, grading and length of the tracks, download the:

Special features

Visitors to the reserve can enjoy barbecue and picnic facilities, playground equipment, bushwalking, nature study and views of the city from the lookout. Sporting fields in the reserve cater for touch football, cricket and soccer. These fields also offer space for other activities such as informal games. A dog off-leash area is also located adjoining Boundary Road.

The main access point to reserve facilities is from a car parking area off Boundary Road, Camp Hill.

World-class sporting fields

The sporting fields cater to three sporting activities; touch football, cricket and soccer. These areas also provide an excellent space for other activities such as kite-flying, picnicking and informal games.

Sankey's Scrub

Approximately one hectare in size, this remnant of dry rainforest occurs on a steep slope that grades down to Salvin Creek, a tributary of Bulimba Creek. Explore this beautiful rainforest and note where white beech, hoop pine and crows ash would have once stood before they were felled by timber cutters at the turn of the century.

Whites Hill Lookout

Climb to the top of Whites Hill and see views through the trees to the city. While you are there take the time to read the rich history of Whites Hill.

Flora and Fauna

Whites Hill is an important bushland remnant supporting a number of vegetation communities including eucalypt forest and dry rainforest. Sankey's Scrub, an important remnant of dry rainforest is home to some rare species of flora such as Shirley’s tuckeroo, Queensland nut, prickly snake vine and white beech.

The primary weeds in Whites Hill Reserve are ochna, common lantana, madeira vine, mile a minute, morning glory, asparagus fern, guinea grass and molasses grass.

The variety of habitats within this bushland makes it a very important refuge for a diversity of wildlife. During fauna surveys, 62% of Brisbane’s mammals were identified in the reserve, 18% of Brisbane’s reptiles, 33% of Brisbane’s amphibians and 27% of Brisbane’s birds. This is an amazing diversity of wildlife for a reserve that is only 170 hectares in size.

Animals you may see:

  • powerful owls
  • koalas
  • velvet geckos
  • Brisbane short-necked turtles
  • short-beaked echidnas
  • sacred kingfishers nesting in termite nests high in the eucalypts.

Photo gallery

View the Whites Hill Reserve photo gallery as a slideshow, or view the photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.

Walking Track

History

Before the establishment of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony at Brisbane Town in 1824, the Whites Hill area was home to Australian Indigenous people.

From farming, waste disposal, to supplying road base to the developing region, Whites Hill has played a part in Brisbane’s evolution as a city. During the early decades of the 20th century, a teahouse, one of Queensland’s first commercial tourist operations, was located on the summit.

In the early 1900s, Whites Hill was a popular tourist destination and a venue for dances and weddings. Visitors were charged sixpence entry. The summit was the site of Robert White's residence, which included a tearoom, astronomy telescope and a camera obscura. At the time the land was cleared from the top and sides of the hill to take advantage of the views, but the bush has since grown back.

The Whites Hill area was also used for the Whites Hill Climb event, a car enthusiast’s event in which cars raced to the top of the hill.

In 1934 Brisbane City Council acquired the bulk of the land known as Whites Hill Reserve. The reserve is recognised as an ecologically-significant tract of bushland, offering a diverse range of nature-based and sporting recreation opportunities.

Conservation Compliance and Community Care

Compliance and conservation staff undertake patrols in Whites Hill Reserve. The reserve contains a variety of vegetation communities and habitat types and is home to a significant koala population and some rare plant species. To protect these values we are asking park users and the community to encourage responsible park use, consider the crossover between backyards and natural areas, and to report behaviours that can harm the natural areas we all enjoy. Here are some things we can all do to care for White’s Hill Reserve. 

  • Follow park signage. Only ride on designated bikeways and don’t enter areas under rehabilitation.  As well as being dangerous to other park users, there are rare plants in Whites Hill that are highly susceptible to disturbance from unauthorised track building.  
     
  • Be a responsible pet owner. Dogs off leash and wandering dogs and cats can pose a threat to wildlife and public safety. Use designated dog off leash areas, walk dogs on a leash and always ensure your domestic pets are adequately fenced at home. 
     
  • Don’t dump rubbish and green waste into reserves. Illegally dumped materials can cause a dangerous build-up of fuel near houses, hindering access for Council staff undertaking planned burns and increasing bushfire risk to nearby residents. Report illegal dumping
     
  • Protect our trees. All plants are protected in Council bushland reserves, some are rare, and all make up valuable habitat and greenspace. Report damage or removal of protected vegetation
     
  • Keep an eye out for weeds. Use Council’s weed id tool to identify pest plants that can invade bushland areas and remove them from your gardens.  You can also report pest plants.  
     
  • Plant native plants in your garden. Council’s Free Native Plants Program offers a range of plants to assist the community to plant and green their properties. 
     
  • Report pest animals. If you see feral cats and foxes in or around White’s Hill, report them to Council. Fewer pest animals mean less pressure on our native wildlife.  
     
  • Join a Habitat Brisbane Group or your local catchment group. Get hands on and get involved in community bushcare
     
  • Get your kids involved in conservation. Who better to look after the future of our natural areas than our future generation? Council offers Environment Centre events for free or at a low cost at bushland and wetland locations around Brisbane.
     
  • Ensure your garden does not extend into the reserve. Encroaching into a natural area is unlawful and risks introducing weeds and preventing access for fire control activities. 
     
  • Report fires. If you are concerned about a fire or see someone lighting a fire in the bush call 000 immediately. 
Last updated: 22 April 2021
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