Carmichaels Road‚ Purga

Ipswich City Council Notice: Temporary Closure of Flinders – Goolman Conservation Estate including Hardings Paddock and Flinders Plum Picnic Area are closed as a result of damage to Carmichaels Road and Mt Flinders Road from today, 4th April 2024 until further notice.

Located 20 minutes drive from Ipswich Central, the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate covers over 2,200 hectares. The conservation estate supports extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman.

A range of recreational activities are on offer to visitors to the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate including bird-watching, hiking, mountain bike and horse riding (bring your own bike or horse) and camping. Hardings Paddock and Flinders Plum Picnic Areas are the destination highlights within the conservation estate with each area offering barbecues and public toilets. The campground at Hardings Paddock provides the only bush camping opportunity within the 6,000+ hectares of natural reserves in the Ipswich region.

Cultural records on physical artefacts and sites of spiritual significance are documented for this area, such as a former Bora Ring between Mt Blaine and Flinders Peak. Burrumpah/Booroongaph (Flinders Peak) is considered part of The Dreaming landscape. It was also used as a marker to guide visiting clans from other Aboriginal Language Groups. Today, Hardings Paddock features a permanent Kupmurri cooking area and bush tucker trail designed to enable the continuation of cultural practices and knowledge sharing.

Please Note – It is recommended visitors check the Ipswich City Council website for the latest information on closures or controlled burns in Conservation Estates before visiting. See the website to check before heading out.

  • Caravan / Camper Trailer / Campervan Sites / Campsites
  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet