Goolman Lookout via Rocky Knoll

Ipswich - Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate

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.

No Dogs Permitted
Horses Permitted
Cycling Permitted


Went up via Goolman, came down via Rocky Knoll. Couldn't see any signage saying which way to go, so followed below comment, which was very easy. If in doubt, at the T follow signs to THT (if memory serves). There's 2 at the intersection, then just some more arrows further along a very easy to follow path.

TJ on 9 Aug, 2017

Nice walk, went in a clockwise direction there were a few step inclines but nothing too hard. Two in our crew had small falls on the way down-lost footing on loose gravel. Wouldn't of happened with hiking poles. The view was nice but you had to look through the trees to see it. Clean amenities completed in 3 hrs.

Lisa on 17 Apr, 2017

The hike to Goolman Lookout was pleasant and not at all difficult. The trail was wide and accessible, with some steep sections but no climbing or scrambling required.

I walked back via the ‘Rocky Knoll’ Lookout which, true to its name, was a rocky knoll which you can only access by climbing over a barbed-wire fence 😳

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Juiced Pixels on 22 Jan, 2017

It was better to do this walk by going to Goolman Lookout first, wouldn't have wanted to do it the other way around. It is up all the way with some steep sections but we were glad we did it and the view from the top was lovely. We found the signage on the way back inadequate especially if there was an emergency and you weren't sure of your bearings eg. We came back via the wetlands (dry) and came to a sign that said 500m to Hardings Paddock, shortly afterwards there was a T intersection of tracks with no indication which way to go.

Helen on 23 Apr, 2016

The track was nice and steep, it is a well formed multi-use trail. The bush scenery is nice.

I agree with the creator of the this walk, take the summit first using the Goolman lookout walk, then return via rocky knoll (on the return, instead of turning left to backtrack to the picnic area, continue straight and the track takes a large horseshoe going left passing the 'rocky knoll'... there is little signage for this)

The 'Goolman lookout' however is not much of a lookout. Tall trees encircle most of the summit. There is an opening to the west.

Because of the trees at at the summit, there is plenty of shade for a nice breezy break to take you back down.

Harry van Netten on 26 Sep, 2015

The only way is Up, good climb to lookout. Nice view

Shell on 25 Jan, 2015

A good challenging walk with its steep incline. Views to Amberley RAAF Base to the west and Brisbane city to the East.

Alexandra on 18 Jan, 2014


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