Ipswich - Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate


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Very Hard
19 km one-way
7 hrs

Boonah to Ipswich Trail

This trail forms the backbone of all trails in the Conservation Estate, and connects the two picnic areas. It caters for hiking, horse riding and recreational touring (mountain bike riding). At 38 km return, this trail becomes challenging. Experienced walkers would need to start early in the morning to complete a return trip, requiring at least a 10 to 14 hour day. Note that the conservation estate is open between the hours of 6am and 6pm. Alternatively, a 19km one way walk could be considered for those who can organise travel/accommodation arrangements at the other end. Rugged mountain scenery, views to the coast from Mt Flinders, creek crossings and diverse landscapes such as dry rainforest and heath will reward you.

Very Easy
560 m
10 mins

Chalk Circuit

Entry to this walk is from Harding's Paddock Picnic Area - Encompassing the Picnic and Bush Tucker areas, this trail is flat and easily accessible for all levels of fitness. Along the trail learn about various bushtucker plants through interpretive signage from both an Indigenous and European perspective.
Walk takes approx 5-10mins

6.5 km return
3.5 hrs

Flinders Peak

A steep climb up the northwestern ridge of Flinders Peak, passing over several crests giving expansive views north to Brisbane on the way up. As it climbs higher, views expand to include the Fassifern Valley and south west to Lamington plateau.

The final segment descends from Little Flinders across a col and ascends again to Flinders Peak. This is the most rugged section of the track and extra caution is required. Rock scrambling skills and strong boots are essential. Views from the peak can be stunning.

3 km
1 hr

Gamlen Circuit

Entry to this walk is from Hardings Paddock Picnic Area -
Take a hike or short, leisurely mountain bike ride along this
circuit or use it as the launching pad for longer and more
challenging trails including the Goolman and Rocky Knoll
Lookouts, and Boonah to Ipswich Trail.

7.5 km
2.5 hrs

Goolman Lookout

Entry is from Hardings Paddock Picnic Area
Forming part of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail this multi-user
trail winds its way to Goolman Lookout where you enjoy
spectacular views of Mt Goolman and Ivory’s Rock, Scenic
Rim and Brisbane. On a clear day it is possible to see the
Pacific Ocean.

7.4 km
2 hrs

Goolman Lookout via Rocky Knoll

Entry is from Hardings Paddock Picnic Area

An alternative and slightly longer route to Goolman Lookout
skirting around the base of the Rocky Knoll. Be weary that this has some steep sections. To avoid slipping down the slope It is better to go via the Goolman Lookout track then return via Rocky Knoll.

2.5 km
2 hrs

Mount Blaine

Needing a moderate level of fitness you will pass through Spotted Gum and Ironbark forests, Brushbox and heathland. Keep an eye out for koalas, wallabies and the magnificent Red-tailed Black Cockatoos that call this area home.

Entry is from Flinders Plum Picnic Area

Take a short hike to the foot of Mt Blaine.

2.4 km
90 mins

Rocky Knoll Lookout

Entry is from Hardings Paddock Picnic Grounds -

A moderate level hike through eucalypt woodlands to
Rocky Knoll lookout. Glimpses of the scenic rim and the
surrounding Ipswich area are provided along the way.

15.5 km return
4.5 hrs

Sandy Creek Central Ridge Track

This is a longer walk (hence the "Hard" grading) that is not overly difficult, and gives you a completely different view of Flinders Peak. The track does have a few very steep sections and is not well marked, with some of the markers giving you a very vague indication of which way to go.

3.5 km return
1 hr

Sandy Creek Track

Walk through patches of majestic Hoop Pine forests following
Sandy Creek on this moderate level hike.