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Bushwalking in Ipswich - Trails for all the family!
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If you're looking for an invigorating walk through rugged bushland (or even just a leisurely stroll) look no further than Ipswich Central and its outer regions. Our six handy bushwalking guides will take you to half -a-dozen unique destinations - from creeks and quarries, to peaks and spacious picnic areas.

Here's a snapshot of where to explore and what to expect.

Denmark Hill Conservation Park at the top of Ipswich Central's Ellenborough Street, is the city's most accessible bushwalking destination. Five easy to moderate level circuits, one Waterfall Track, a massive Water Tower and Triassic Park fossil display, make this a popular park for families in particular.

Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve is located just five minutes north of Ipswich Central in Brassall.  Once a source of sand and gravel, the quarry is today a platform from which to enjoy spectacular views of the Scenic Rim.

Paperbark Flat Picnic Area is lcoated in the White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate south east of Ipswich Central, offers the region's widest variety of bushwalking tracks - 9 in total.

Hardings Paddock Picnic Area, directly south of Ipswich Central, is not just the bushwalking destination with the longest return track; it's a fabulous destination for horse riding, mountain biking, picnicking and team sports.  Your legs and lungs will love you for the energy-filled excursion through eucalyptus woodlands.

The Purga Nature Reserve is just 15 minutes south of Ipswich Central and houses the largest protected area of Swamp Tea-tree in Ipswich and is the perfect place for koala spotting.  Two tracks, suitable for all fitness levels,  are also completely wheelchair accessible.

Flinders Plum Picnic Area is set amidst the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate approximately 20km from Ipswich Central and offers four well-definted walk tracks, some through historical logging trails.

  • Wear a hat and suitable, comfortable walking shoes
  • Stay on the designated track system at all times
  • Take water and food with you
  • Be prepared to share tracks with other users
  • Remember the sunscreen
  • Do not remove or disturb plants, animals or cultural sites
  • Take a detailed map of the trail
  • Properly dispose of all waste - take out what you bring in
  • Take a first aid kit and let someone know where you're going
  • Beware of falling branches, especially during strong winds
  • Remember your mobile phone and emergency contact details
  • Be aware of your surroundings & avoid distractions like loud music through headphones
  • Check the class, length & features associated with your chosen walk


  • Remember to check the weather forecast and any weather warnings



Purga Nature Reserve

Did you know… Nippers Railway at The Workshops Rail Museum is a fun-filled adventure playground with kid-sized places to visit, miniature empires to build and things to move.