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Carmichaels Road Hardings Paddock Picnic Area, Purga, Ipswich, Queensland 4306 Australia
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Kat D wrote a review Dec 2020
Redbank Plains, Australia1 contribution
I've read a lot of reviews on the Flinders Peak Hike. Hike is probably the wrong word. Rock climb is more fitting. I consider myself quite fit and I love to Hike. When reviews say this Hike is easy, they are very wrong. The climb up the peak is just that, climbing up. There are small sections where you follow a track, but the rest is rock scrambling. Markings are limited so it would be very easy to get lost, but I just trusted my gut and ended up going the right way. There is a whole section where you climb over rocks on a cliff face, so if you're not good with heights, beware. The track is quite well covered for the first km, but becomes quite exposed the higher up you get, so plenty of sunscreen. You will need A LOT of water. I took 2 litres and drank it all before I even got to the top. I will probably never do this Hike again. But if you really want to challenge yourself and your fitness, give it a go.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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bubblychick88 wrote a review Aug 2020
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
My boyfriend and I headed back to this area to experience the serene camping ground and hiking trails recently. We just love it. It’s a natural hidden gem, so close to Brisbane! From the summit you can see the Brisbane skyline and Moreton Bay, it’s such a reward for all the hard work to get to the top. While the hike is easy in some areas, it can also be quite challenging as you scramble over rocks – so we’re lucky that we’re both quite fit. We were also lucky enough to be able to book in and camp overnight, only a short drive from the hiking trails. With only a few campsites we nearly had the whole place to ourselves! Again we were blown away with how many stars were in the sky, it felt like we were a million miles away, even though we were less than an hour from Brisbane city. If you want to experience this if full, I would recommend a camping trip at least overnight, but I wished we had of booked the entire weekend. Discover this natural hidden gem for yourself!!!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Cherie G wrote a review May 2020
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I hike regularly, 4 times a week generally (as its my gym workout and therapy- i love the bush.) For a couple of hours each time. I do consider myself moderately fit and i do moderate rated trails with no issues. I decided to do Flinders peak for a challenge. My son aged 24yrs decided it'd be good to come with since he had done it at high school and thought i might need someone with me. He was correct. The road was a bit rough but ok. The bathrooms were well used and probably need servicing more regularly but who can seriously tell how many people are going to frequent these places and i have noticed that some people are just not considerate of others and leave a disgusting mess no matter how well serviced the bathrooms are, so not sure we can blame management or just filthy visitors. The hike. Wow. I loved it. It WAS definately challenging. My everything hurt for days...no, a week after. There is scrambling over rocks, long fairly steep inclines with loose rocks that made me view the world from my knees and backside a number of times. And be careful not to reach out for something to steady yourself because a handful of prickly pear isnt likely to be helpful and theres plenty of it. The wild flowers were gorgeous. Truely God's garden. I was looking at how they grew so beautifully amongst the jagged rocks, trees, stumps and the prickly pear. And the birds singing. Absolutely Beautiful. I was admiring this perhaps too much when my foot slipped... The adrenaline hit that cames with feeling like i Just escaped death because my son grabbed me as i slipped on an edge of the track close to a big drop was so incredible, bit like those wild rides you pay for at dream world....but free. Dont go alone!!! My knees have never been a problem but on the way down that trail they were singing out like someone being tortured. My back which has had plenty of issues in the past did not appreciate the contortionist advemture, still not ok. If you arent used to the rolling of your ankles its likely a serious problem. I was sharing my adventure with my neibour who is incredibly fit. [Gym 7 days a week, horse riding, runs for fun etc.] She did this hike last week and her warning was wear "hiking boots!" Because she has strained muscles in her ankles and now cant run, ride etc for weeks. Beautiful views. Photos dont do it justice. Really loved it.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Darren wrote a review May 2020
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
We were looking for a short hike to break in our new back packs prior to a few multi day hikes. Just on twenty minutes from our home is the beautiful Hardings Paddock Campground; trailhead to a number of short and longer hikes. Despite, or because of, the recent COVID19 lock-down we found the place to be well kept and very inviting on arrival. The day use area was open for business with a number of other users in evidence; however the amount of parking offered meant the place did not feel crowded at all. Toilets were clean and well stocked when arrived however were quickly showing evidence of use by the time we returned from our hike. We elected to take the Gamlens Loop to complete our visit to Goolman Lookout; whilst the track is steep in places and with the occasional washout the fact it is recommended for mountain bike touring should give an indication of the level of difficulty of this track. Overall this end of the estate appears very pleasant and we will be returning for further visits.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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bubblychick88 wrote a review Dec 2018
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
My boyfriend and I recently completed the trail to the top of Flinders Peak. The view from the summit is simply spectacular... we could see the Brisbane skyline and Moreton Bay. This view, along with the sense of achievement in making it to the top, really made this a rewarding day out. I really didn't want to head back down. The hike is quite easy in parts and can then be quite challenging as you need to clamber over and up rocks, so you do need to be quite fit and agile. It was a great combination of a simple nature stroll and a full on nature adventure. We camped overnight at the Hardings Paddock Campground, which is a short 20 minute drive away at the other end of the Conservation Estate. The campground is quite secluded and intimate with only 8 campsites. There was only one other family camping there with us. We enjoyed a campfire in the communal fire pit and then just laid back and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I couldn't believe how many stars we could see in the sky! It felt like we were way out in the outback, but we were less than an hour from Brisbane. I would definitely recommend a day trip or camp overnight to discover this natural hidden gem for yourself!!!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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