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.

Getting there

Ipswich Boonah Rd (Off Cunningham Hwy) to Carmichaels Rd (Entry to Hardings Paddock Picnic Grounds


Access to a map for this trail is available on the Ipswich City Council website (

Route/Trail notes

This walk is 19km one way and will take you approx 7hrs (one way) so make sure that someone is at the other end to pick you up. This trail is popular with Horse Riding so be wary of horses. 


PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO CAMPING ALLOWED IN THE ESTATE. Be sure to have someone pick you up at the other end. 

Other References


Went from Fl Plum with 20kg pack. Starts off steep and undulates a fair bit. Used more water than I expected. Very little wildlife spotted this time.

SunJunkie on 6 Apr, 2018

Went from Hardings Paddock to Flinders Plum picnic area including the Mount Blaine Summit Trail. Just over 13km and three hours it took. The Goolman Trail wasn't too hard with some moderate inclines and just as many declines. Would definitely be a little more taxing going from Flinders Plum to Hardings Paddock. Plenty of signage and easy trail to navigate as it is an off road vehicle track the whole way. Mount Blaine Summit was a little taxing at the end but well worth the views it provided. Very good idea to have a pick up at the other end, although if you manage it right the return trip from Hardings Paddock to Mount Blaine Saddle and back would be about 24km in total which would take about 6 hours at a good steady pace. Will be trying this option next time now I have seen the trail. Didn't do from Flinders Plum around Flinders Peak part of the track though which would make up the extra 7km or so but probably one that could be done in a return trip from the picnic area if you don't have a pick up at its completion. Hope this info helps.

Grant on 11 Feb, 2017

Have done the Hardings to Flinders Plum section...very hard with lots of hills to tackle

Brettels71 on Oct, 2015


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