Ipswich Bushwalkers are looking for more members to join this year. Wendy Baker and Manfred Hoge of the Ipswich Bushwalkers. Photo: Anna Hartley.
Ipswich Bushwalkers are looking for more members to join this year. Wendy Baker and Manfred Hoge of the Ipswich Bushwalkers. Photo: Anna Hartley. Contributed

Five places to go hiking in Ipswich this weekend

JUST because the weather is getting colder doesn't mean exercise should take a back seat.

The Ipswich region is home to plenty of walking, horse riding and mountain bike riding trails to suit all fitness levels.

The forecast predicts Ipswich is set for sunny skies and temperatures in the early 20s this weekend, so get out there and enjoy.

Here are our top five picks for walking trails to try this weekend:

1. Denmark Hill

Where: The main entry is located opposite the corner of Deebing and Clay Sts, Ipswich

When: Open 6am-6pm

Level: Easy - Moderate

Length of tracks: 200m-800m

Trails:

  • Waterfall track, 200m one way
  • Triassic Circuit, 200m return
  • Quarry Circuit, 400m return
  • Water Tower Circuit, 800m return
  • Blue's Circuit, 800m return

How long will it take? 5-20 minute walk

Denmark Hill is a popular choice for local bushwalking groups. Source: Ipswich City Council.
Denmark Hill is a popular choice for local bushwalking groups. Source: Ipswich City Council.

 

2. Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate, Hardings Paddock

Where:  Carmichael's Rd, Purga

When: Open 6am-6pm

Level: Easy - Difficult

Length of tracks: 560m-19km

Trails:

  • Chalk Circuit, 560m
  • To Rocky Knoll lookout, 2.4km return
  • Galmen Circuit, 3km return
  • To Goolman lookout, 5.6km return
  • To Goolman lookout via Rocky Knoll, 7.4km return
  • Horse Trail Circuit, 9km return
  • Flinders Goolman Trail, 19km one way

How long will it take? 5 minute walk- 6 hour hike

Hardings Paddock has a large variety of walks ranging from 260m to 19km. Source: Ipswich City Council.
Hardings Paddock has a large variety of walks ranging from 260m to 19km. Source: Ipswich City Council.

 

3. Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve

Where:  59 High St, Brassall

When: Open 6am-6pm

Level: Moderate

Length of tracks: 800m-1km

Trails:

  • Willy Wagtail Circuit, 1km one way
  • Bearded Dragon Circuit, 800m one way

How long will it take? 20-25 minute walk

Hikers will be rewarded with beautiful views at Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve. Source: Ipswich City Council
Hikers will be rewarded with beautiful views at Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve. Source: Ipswich City Council

 

4. White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate

Where:  Paperbark Flats Picnic Area, School Rd, Redbank Plains

When: Open 6am-6pm

Level: Easy-Moderate

Length of tracks: 800m-19km return

Trails:

  • Bluff Circuit, 200m one way
  • Little White Rock Lookout Circuit, 200m one way
  • Six Mile Creek Boardwalk, 300m one way
  • Little White Rock Track, 600m one way
  • Six Mile Creek Track, 1.4km return
  • White Rock Multi-user Trail, 6.5km return
  • Yaddamun Trail, 19km return

How long will it take? 5 minute walk - 10 hour hike

White Rock is a popular climbing spot for Ipswich hikers. Source: Ipswich City Council
White Rock is a popular climbing spot for Ipswich hikers. Source: Ipswich City Council

 

5. Purga Nature Reserve

Where:  840 Middle Rd, Purga

When: Open 6am-6pm

Level: Moderate

Length of tracks: 800m-1km

Trails:

  • Willy Wagtail Circuit, 1km one way
  • Bearded Dragon Circuit, 800m one way

How long will it take? 20-25 minute walk

Purga Nature Reserve has walks perfect for the whole family. Source: Ipswich City Council.
Purga Nature Reserve has walks perfect for the whole family. Source: Ipswich City Council.

Whichever trail you chose be sure to take precautions before heading off.

Hiking safety tips:

  • Wear suitable shoes and lose clothing
  • Carry enough food and water
  • Use sunscreen, even in winter
  • Carry a detailed map and first aid kit
  • Let someone know where you are going
  • Take a mobile phone
  • Check the weather forecast