Starting from Harding’s Paddock Picnic Area & Campground, Goolman, this walk takes you on a circuit in the northern parts of Flinders - Goolman Conservation Estate, visiting the Goolman Lookout with a side trip. Expect a peaceful & quiet walk that gives you a bit of a challenge with its elevation changes along with lovely views of the Scenic Rim between the trees. The lookout provides westerly views over the city of Peak Crossing. You’ll be walking along mostly even and wide fire trails that are well-maintained. After the hike, you can enjoy a good picnic at Harding’s Paddock as you take in the scenery. Keep in mind that the tracks don’t have much shade, therefore lots of water and a hat can go a long way. Try to avoid doing this track midday in summer. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Cunningham Highway, A15 then drive for 1.7 km
Turn left onto Ipswich - Boonah Road, 93 and drive for another 5.7 km
Turn left onto Carmichaels Road and drive for another 4.3 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the paved road directly behind the toilet facilities in Harding’s Paddock Picnic Area & Campground, pass through the bollard and head towards the sheltered informational signpost along the dirt path. Pass by the said signpost (to your right) then head along the small boardwalk. At the 4-way intersection shortly after, take a perpendicular right turn following the Goolman Lookout signage to continue along Goolman Lookout Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 25 m back from the start).
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Boonah Ipswich Trail.
After another 500 m (at the intersection of Boonah Ipswich Trail & Gamlen Circuit) continue straight, to head along Boonah Ipswich Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Goolman Lookout where you can get great views over the land. It'll take around 30 minutes out & back, which is included in the total walk time. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.3 km turn left.
After another 980 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 1 km continue straight.
After another 240 m continue straight.
After another 205 m turn left.
After another 380 m continue straight.
After another 40 m head into the "Hardings Paddock Picnic Area".
After another 40 m come to the end.
This side trip takes you to the Goolman Lookout where you can get great views over the land. It'll take around 30 minutes out & back, which is included in the total walk time.
Directions & comments
Start heading along Boonah Ipswich Trail.
After 260 m head through/around the gate.
After another 530 m come to "Goolman Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 780 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Goolman Lookout Circuit
2 h to 3 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)