3 Peaks 3 Ways: Conquering Mt Goolman, Mt Blaine and Flinders Peak

If you’ve been there, done that and already hiked the most famous faces of the greater Brisbane region - Mt Barney, Mt Warning or Mt Maroon - it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and set your GPS to Ipswich.
22 Feb 2019
Rochelle Vaisanen, Blogger
Your destination? Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate, a veritable theme-park for hikers, with 10 walking trails and three summits encompassing 2,200 hectares of extensive forests, countryside and volcanic peaks.

Grab your backpack, fill your water flask and get ready to conquer Mt Goolman, Mt Blaine and Flinders Peak with this guide.

1. For lookout wanderers – Mt Goolman Lookout

Mt Goolman Lookout
If you’re still building up to the Mt Goolman summit, you can still settle for getting a good glimpse of it, taking the Mt Goolman Lookout track.

While this 5.6km trail (return) won’t take you right to the top, don’t write this trail off as a walk in the park.

Steep sections lead towards Insta-worthy views of Mt Goolman and Ivory’s Rock, as well as the Scenic Rim, Brisbane and on a clear day, out to the Pacific Ocean.

Want to extend your adventure beyond the 3 hour hike? With Hardings Paddock campground at the base of the trail, it’s the perfect spot to combine a late afternoon or early morning hike with a night under the stars.

Distance: 5.6km
Elevation: 454 meters
Grade: 4 (recommended for experienced bushwalkers)
Time to complete: Approx. 2.5hrs

2. For adventure seekers – Mt Blaine

Mt Blaine
If a summit is calling, and you’re ready to dial up the difficulty level, move Mt Blaine to the top of your list.

It’s a grade four walk for a reason, with rock scrambling and off-track walking required through (often) overgrown and unmarked parts of the track.

From the moment you leave Flinders Plum Picnic Area, you’ll be immersed in Spotted Gum and Ironbark forest.

While you put your navigation skills to the test – keep your eyes on the lookout for regular natives, such as koalas, wallabies and red-tailed black cockatoos.

Your reward for reaching the top? 360-degree views of Brisbane, Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Flinders Peak.

If the summit proves too tough to handle, you can turn around at the Saddle and abort mission at the 1km mark.

Don’t worry, your Instagram feed won’t miss out if you turn around here – you can still get great pics out to Cunninghams Gap and the Great Dividing Range.

Amenities: BBQ, picnic tables, toilets.

Distance: 4.5km
Elevation: 457 meters
Grade: 4 (recommended for experienced bushwalkers)
Time to complete: Approx. 3hrs

3. For experienced hikers – Flinders Peak

Flinders Peak
Reaching 679m above sea-level, high enough that it’s even visible from Mt Coot-tha, Flinders Peak is the pièce de résistance of Ipswich peaks.

If scrambling over rocks and cliff edges is your thing, then this class-five rated trail will get your quads burning.

Just like Mt Blaine, you’ll need off-track experience, but there’s some orange trail markers to help guide you.

If you’re not ready to hike all the way to the summit, you can still get high on views to the north of Brisbane from the lookout along the trail.

If the legs are feeling fresh and the water flask’s still full, keep trekking to the top for the million dollar views across the Fassifern Valley and Lamington Plateau.

Amenities: BBQ, picnic tables, toilets.

Distance: 6km
Elevation: 679 meters
Grade: 5 (recommended for very experienced bushwalkers)
Time to complete: Approx. 6hrs

Have you tackled any of these peaks? Which was your favourite?
Rochelle Vaisanen Blogger
When not climbing mountains on two wheels, Rochelle can be found on the hunt for the best almond croissant around town. A lover of good coffee, food and wine, and with a passion for travel, Rochelle is always on the lookout for new adventures locally and abroad. www.mediamortar.com.au.

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