A weekend of glamping at Hardings Paddock

Don’t be fooled into thinking that this glamping experience is all about relaxing. Just next door there’s an entire world of ancient volcanic ridges, challenging peaks and untold remnants of a volatile geological history waiting to be explored at Hardings Paddock.
Josh Kerr, Google Trekker

Hidden away amongst the Eucalypt forests just outside of Ipswich, there’s a quiet, unassuming locale, nestled on the edge of one of our pristine natural reserves.  Now thanks to a newly formed collective of local businesses, this sneaky little venue promises one of the most compact opportunities to engage with all manner of experiences in nature over the weekend. Introducing, glamping, yoga and horse riding, at Hardings Paddock.

The Soul Nook Collective

First on our list and arguably the overshadowing theme of your stay will be the luxury glamping provided by The Soul Nook Collective.

Characterised by beautiful big bell tents, perched gracefully amongst a backdrop of woodland and greenery, this one’s for those of us who love the outdoors but are less willing to give up some of those creature comforts of home.

Inside you’ll find spacious ceilings, an arrangement of single or full sized beds and all adorned with an artfully designed décor- both cute, stylish and alternative. Wine, dinner, nibbles and even firewood can be provided on request.

It’s the perfect way to spend your evenings in the height of comfort, right in the thick of nature. 

Mindful Monkeys Yoga

But this isn’t by any means the only feature of your idyllic weekender at Hardings Paddock.

The next notable activity on the list is the addition of some much needed, soulful, restful, yogic bliss. Just metres from the front door, rolling out into a clearing and intimately staged for medium sized groups, Mindful Monkeys is happy to indulge patrons in the humble practice of yoga.

Stop, think, breathe and flow from one pose to the next, all amongst the subtleties and intricacies of a slowly churning world around you.

Hardings Paddock

However, don’t be fooled into thinking that this experience is all about relaxing. Just next door there’s an entire world of ancient volcanic ridges, challenging peaks and untold remnants of a volatile geological history waiting to be explored.

Hardings Paddock

Thanks to yet more collaboration from local riding companies, the final chapter of this story ends in the rugged heart of the Flinders Goolman Conservation area – sound tracked by the rhythmic trot of a well-trained horse and framed in red dusk, as a blanket of colour drapes the land.

A horseback sunset in the estate, atop a ridge overlooking an ocean of earthy green hues and tremendous mountain scape, is a fitting end to an unforgettable weekend away.

The Soul Nook Collective

So come on out, set yourself up and prepare for an experience which embodies the very essence of what it means to be outdoors. It’s our place, between the mountains, amongst the trees and just down the road.

See you there, at Hardings Paddock.

Hardings Paddock

Bookings can be made via the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre by phoning 3281 0555 or through individual vendors. Patrons can sign up for as many of the activities described above as they like.  Bookings for Hardings Paddock Campground can be made online.

Josh Kerr Google Trekker
Josh ‘The Bear’ Kerr, is an Ipswich local, hiker, tour guide, photographer, fitness instructor and most recently, Ipswich’s Google Trekker. Having grown up in the area since age 7 and quickly becoming involved in the outdoor scene, he would eventually put these skills to good use trekking almost all of Ipswich and its surrounds for Google Maps. What would ensue, is some of the most comprehensive mapping of any city in the southern hemisphere, from our historic streets and suburbs to our most rugged mountain peaks. “After 8 grueling months and over 3 million steps, Ipswich is finally on the map!”

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