Ipswich - Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate

Summary

Trails of Ipswich

Popular Walks

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

Very Hard
12 km return
3 hrs

Flinder’s Peak Circuit - approach from South

A different way to get to Flinder’s Peak - follows fire trails East of the summit then approaches from South and South West - joining the trourist trail just before the chimney up to the summit. Back down the chimney and follow the standard tourist trail down to the carpark.

Hard
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.

Medium
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.

Medium
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.

Medium
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.

Hard
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.

Medium
5 km
2 hrs

Mount Goolman

Easiest way is to start from the end of Stowers Rd. Follow fire trail keeping left at any intersections, and start of the track up is at -27.75821, 152.79298. Not an overly difficult climb, with a reasonably clear track all the way to the summit. Also a few ribbons may help you get there.

Hard
2.5 km return
90 mins

Mt Blaine Summit Trail

A challenging track to the summit of Mt Blaine. The trail consists of steep inclines and rock scrambling. The summit provides 360 degree view over Brisbane, Ipswich and the scenic rim and a great view of Flinders Peak. The track goes up the northern side, over the summit and back down the southern side. High level of fitness, off track experience, scrambling experience and solid boots are all recommended. Do not attempt this climb if you have knee problems, nervous conditions or vertigo.