Adventure experiences in Ipswich
Calling all adventure seekers. Did you know that Ipswich is a veritable playground for adrenaline chasers seeking outdoor escapades? No? Well, get excited as we have a list of activities to awaken the explorer within and get your pulse racing.
On your bike
Two-wheeler fiends, get excited for some excellent mountain biking trails, ascents and fun chicanes to get that adrenaline pumping. Ipswich hosts some unique tracks, so grab your bike, helmet and some snacks and get ready to shred the trails and discover some mountain biking wonderlands. Let’s get pedalling.
Castle Hill boasts 15km of IMBA classified trail options in a compact area of tightly woven trails and jumps. This track will accommodate most skill levels but, trust us, by the end of the day you will feel the burn due to hilly and rocky terrain. This one is perfect for groups as there is enough space for you to go on a more expert run and join back up with your mates.
Next on the list is White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate, a track that leads high up to the crest of the mountain and back down again through low lying wetlands. With more gradual peaks and troughs you can take your time and enjoy the magical surroundings of paperbarks, incredible ancient sandstone peaks and clusters of volcanic rock. Make sure you snap a pic against the magical golds, reds and greys – or it didn’t happen!
It’s the journey, not the destination and Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate will take you on one fun ride. With over 2,000 hectares of conservation parkland to explore you will encounter peaks and valleys that will see you zooming past native flora and fauna. For a longer ride tackle the section that is part of the Flinders-Goolman mountain range that extends a full 19km in one direction. We recommend going with a mate and having a car at either end if you don’t feel like the return journey.
Last but certainly not least, is Hidden Vale Adventure Park. This gem costs $10 to enter, but it’s worth it, as one of the biggest parks of its kind in all of mainland Australia you’ll have the pleasure of exploring 110km of trail. To get to the highest points of the property, catch the shuttle or start at the bottom and discover eucalypt forests, grasslands, paddocks and creeping bushland. For the serious riders out there, stay tuned for epic yearly bike events such as Giant 3 Plus 3, 99 Bikes Dingo and the Merida Hidden Vale 24hr relay.
Grab your hiking boots and let’s hit the trails. Ipswich has some stunning outdoor vistas and lush forests to explore. Less than 45 minutes from Brisbane City, you will discover stunning rock faces, epic views, and native flora and fauna in abundance.
Seize the day and catch a sunrise from Flinders Peak Summit towering 679 m tall above the landscape. The early morning light will cast burnished hues over amazing views toward Scenic Rim, Ipswich and Brisbane City. This one involves scrambling and loose rocky soil so make sure you are equipped for a more challenging climb. Categorised as an AS class 5 trail you will require good fitness for this hike.
For a moderate hike check out Goolman Circuit via Rocky Knoll Lookout. Starting at Harding Paddock, this hiking circuit is 7.5km in duration and provides some excellent views of Brisbane and Ipswich. Of similar skill level are the Mount Blaine Trail and Mt Blaine Summit which will provide picturesque views of Flinders Peak. Begin at Flinders Plum Picnic area and wind your way up for 1km to the lookout. The return walk back is about 30 – 45 minutes. For those chasing a bit more adventure, head up to the summit of Mt Blaine, here there are no paths, so pick your own journey and get exploring.
For something a little easier, check out some of the short walks at Little White Rock. This one has a smaller sandstone structure and is the sibling to White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate which boasts larger sandstone features located on a ridge significant to the indigenous people of the region. For some amazing photos, come in the afternoon as the light hits the rock, it is nothing short of spectacular.
It’s time to horse around – literally. If you are a visitor and can’t BYO a horse, make your way to Riverside Equestrian Centre. Here you can still have a trotting-good adventure with beautiful scenery while learning the basics. The more advanced rider can explore 55-acres of property hugging the Brisbane River and go for a 45-minute ride where you can trot, canter and gallop until your heart's content.
Have your own horse and are looking for some adventures that will make you go ‘whoa’? Make your way to Hardings Paddock, 16kmfrom the city centre. We recommend the Goolman Horse Trail circuit that winds its way along the base of the Rocky Knoll before heading out to Goolman Lookout. This is a 9km trail and if you want to amp up the adventure, start at Goolman Lookout and work your way back down.
Last but certainly not least is the 161km of Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) running from Ipswich to Yarraman. Here you can ride through forest, farmland and stop along the way at small country towns. So saddle up and share your Ipswich adventure with us at #mybrisbane, #thisisbrisbane #discoveripswich or @visitbrisbane