Hardings Paddock Picnic Area

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4 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)
CostsToiletsRubbish BinsPicnic TablesNon-potable Water TabWheelchair AccessibleNo PetsNo Playground

Hardings Paddock Picnic Area is within the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate, south of Ipswich. It is one of two picnic areas in the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate, the other being Flinders Plum Picnic Area Brown Sign link. Both have access to walks, including a walk between the two picnic areas, with Hardings Paddock having more walks to choose from.

The day use area has picnic tables and BBQs. A dam sits between the two main picnic areas in the paddock, and drop toilets near one of the picnic areas. One of the walks takes you through the bush tucker area, next to the paddock picnic areas.

The bush tucker trail contains various Australian trees and plants with information plaques describing how they are used for food and other uses. There is nothing to be eaten though, unless you are specifically knowledgeable on bush tucker, as many of the foods can be poisonous unless first prepared correctly.

Hardings Paddock offers camping, with 8 sites available to book through the Discover Ipswich Council website Offsite link. Bookings include the combination required to enter the camping area. Each campsite has space for a camper trailer or caravan, and a spot to park your vehicle, though some seem to have more room than others. You also get your own picnic table.

A covered communal kitchen area has BBQs and sinks, and a number of picnic tables together. This area is set away from the campsites, but not far. There are drop toilets and shower cubicles. Note, it is just the shower cubicle, you need to bring your own water and showers. There is a single camp fireplace for shared use amongst all campsites, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection in the conservation area is not permitted. These facilities are dedicated to the camping area, separate from the day use area.

Horses are well catered to come camping with you too. There are stables with access to water where you can keep them during the night, and a spot where you can leave your horse float. Of the seven walking trails, 3 can be used for horse riding, and another 2 can be ridden for part of the track.

There are seven walks accessible from Hardings Paddock Picnic Area, ranging from easy to moderate.

Chalk Circuit

The easiest walk rated as class 2 Easy, and around 700m depending on how you walk it. It goes around the picnic area and includes the bush tucker gardens.

Rocky Knoll Lookout

Rated as class 4 Moderate, 2.4km return, takes you through eucalypt woodlands to the lookout. Views of the Scenic Rim and surrounding Ipswich areas.

Gamlen Circuit

Rated as class 3 Moderate, 3km circuit, with moderate slopes.

Goolman Lookout

Rated as class 4 Moderate, 5.6km return, through to the Goolman Lookout, with views of Mt Goolman and Ivory’s Rock. Scenic Rim and Brisbane can be seen, and on clear days views extend to the ocean. This trail accommodates horse riding. The trail has some steeper slopes. Combine with the Goolman Lookout via Rocky Knoll for a 6.5km circuit walk.

Goolman Lookout via Rocky Knoll

Rated as class 4 Moderate, 7.4km return, through to the Goolman Lookout, with views of Mt Goolman and Ivory’s Rock. Scenic Rim and Brisbane can be seen, and on clear days views extend to the ocean. The walk follows around the base of the Rocky Knoll. Combine with the Goolman Lookout via Rocky Knoll for a 6.5km circuit walk.

Horse Trail Circuit

Basically the same as following the Goolman Lookout and Goolman Lookout via Rocky Knoll walks together, except it starts and ends at a horse hitch area near the entrance gate, going around the picnic area.

Flinders Goolman Trail

Rated as class 4 Moderate, 19km one way walk starting from Hardings Paddock Picnic Area, running the length of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate, passing through Flinders Plum Picnic Area. Horse riding is permitted on this trail, but only down as far as Flinders Plum Picnic Area.

To get there:

From Peak Crossing, head north towards Ipswich on Ipswich Boonah Rd for 7.8km, and turn into Carmichails Rd with the brown sign to Hardings Paddock Picnic Area. Continue for 3.3km to the entrance of Hardings Paddock Picnic Area. Continue for 1km to reach the picnic area. To get to the camping area, continue through the picnic area to get to the entrance of the camping area.

From Ipswich, head south along Ipswich Boonah Rd. From Cunningham Hwy continue for 5.8km, and turn into Carmichails Rd with the brown sign to Hardings Paddock Picnic Area. Continue for 3.3km to the entrance of Hardings Paddock Picnic Area. Continue for 1km to reach the picnic area. To get to the camping area, continue through the picnic area to get to the entrance of the camping area.

Cost:Day Use Area: Free, Camping: $12 per night per site for up to 6 persons. Limit of 3 nights.

Hours:Mon-Sun 6am-6pm

Toilets:Toilets

Bins:Bins

Tables/Seating:Picnic Tables

Water:Tap Non-Potable

Wheelchair accessible:Yes

Pets:No, except horses are allowed

Playground:No


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4.0 rating
31 May, 2020

Nice place for a picnic at Hardings Paddock. The walk to Goolmans lookout is quite good although unremarkable. The view from the top is quite impressive and makes the hike up worthwhile.

Howard Duhs