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Goolman Lookout Trail

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area

The Goolman Lookout trail forms part of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate managed by Ipswich City Council, and is accessed from the Hardings Paddock Picnic Area off Carmichael's Road in Purga, just South of Ipswich. Visitors to the Estate can take in the natural wonders of the area through a range of recreational activities including hiking, mountain bike riding and horse riding. The conservation estate is over 1900 hectares in area supporting extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, and Mounts Blain, Catherine and Goolman. The Estate is an important wildlife refuge supporting 136 bird, 25 mammal, 13 reptile and 8 amphibian species as well as 531 different flora species.

The multi-user Goolman Lookout trail winds its way to Goolman Lookout where you enjoy spectacular views of Mt Goolman and Ivory's Rock, Scenic Rim and Brisbane. On a clear day, it's possible to see the Pacific Ocean.

Journey Details

Duration
2.5 Hours
Distance
5.6 Kilometres

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Horseriding

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Willowbank Village

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$90 - 130
Willowbank Village, just 15 minutes' drive from Ipswich, is a comfortable and friendly place to stay. With both Willowbank and Queensland Raceways just a few minutes away, the village, which has been family-owned for 37 years, is a popular event destination for drawcards such as the V8 Supercars and Fuchs Winternationals. It's also booked out well in advance for the annual country music festival, CMC Rocks Queensland, and is close to the RAAF Airbase. Driving along the Cunningham Highway, you can't miss the turn-off for Willowbank Village, with the landmark Canberra Bomber plane jutting up from the ground in front of you. Once there, you have a choice of 21 motel rooms - 19 with kitchenette and two with full kitchen - 14 short-term cabins, and 150 camping sites (some powered). All rooms and cabins are air- conditioned and fully serviced, with supplies such as towels, sheets and cookware. Views outside the rooms to cows in paddocks and Cunningham's Gap beyond provide a relaxing rural atmosphere, and there's a 7-day hourly bus service into Ipswich at the village's doorstep. A few minutes away in Yamanto are two taverns, supermarket, liquor store and food outlets.

Parkview Colonials Bed and Breakfast

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$100 - 200
For bed and breakfast accommodation in South East Queensland, Parkview Colonials in Ipswich is located close to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and numerous local, city and country attractions. Since 1994, the comfortable colonial homes with ensuites and twin share rooms, have welcomed thousands of guests to an enjoyable stay, whether overnight or long term. Located on Limestone Hill opposite beautiful Queen's Park with its flora and fauna, Nature Centre, playgrounds and Japanese Garden, Parkview is easy to find and adjacent to a variety of restaurants, fast food, shops, and the central business district. Parkview is often chosen for garden weddings, as a photo venue for wedding guests during their stay. A bridal suite is also available. Overseas conference delegates also add an international excitement during occasional events. Business people, tradesmen and service personnel are welcome. The host's flexible policy and local knowledge often help to make your stay easier and successful. Hosts Elaine and Bruce Glass are readily available to help make your visit enjoyable, but respect your privacy and will not impose. Wood fires, air-conditioning, cable and remote controlled television, kitchen, laundry and facsimile are available for your comfort and enjoyment.

Best Western Ipswich Heritage Motor Inn

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$135 - 450
The Best Western Ipswich Heritage Motor Inn is situated one kilometre from the centre of town on the road to Warwick and Boonah, and is set in peaceful surroundings with delightful sub-tropical gardens. They offer you fresh, spotlessly clean motel rooms, self-catering apartments, and friendly hospitality. There is a sparkling pool and a free barbecue. It is an excellent venue for small events and within walking distance of the Central Business District, hospitals, showgrounds and university. There is an excellent restaurant and piano bar on-site.
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120 - 400
Metro Hotel Ipswich International is as central as it gets in the Ipswich Central Business District. Situated next door to the Ipswich Civic Centre and Market Square Park, the hotel is the perfect place to stay if you're in town for one of the large number of theatre and musical events in this arts-loving city. It's also a popular venue for wedding receptions and conferences. Then there are the heritage walks, with Ipswich being renowned for its well-preserved historical public buildings, almost on the Metro's doorsteps. The six-storey hotel has tasteful minimalist décor, with some rooms having a view out to the stunning D'Aguilar Range while others can see up to the landmark water tower on Denmark Hill. Apartments with kitchenette are also available, and the hotel offers complimentary undercover parking in addition to complimentary NBN-backed wi-fi. In-house dining is a must at Harvest Restaurant and Bar, and Metro Hotel Ipswich International also offers 24-hour room service, as well as being set amongst plenty of local cafes and restaurants within walking distance, including the award winning Pumpyard micro-brewery.

Quest Ipswich

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$135 - 465
Quest Ipswich Apartments, just one kilometre from the Ipswich Central Business District, is the popular go-to place for many wanting a modern and comfortable accommodation experience. Sixty-four serviced apartments over three levels, from studio to 1-3 bedrooms, provide spacious and airy living areas, tasteful décor and fully self-contained kitchens. There's also a communal laundry. With an adjoining heritage-listed cottage ideal for meetings, Quest Ipswich Apartments regularly hosts small conferences, and visitors can take advantage of the warm Queensland weather with an outdoor pool and barbecue area. Ipswich Hospital and St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital are within walking distance, as are Ipswich Showgrounds and the pride of Ipswich, the historic Queens Park. You're also on the right side of town for a 10-minute drive to the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre (open on the third Sunday of the month) and the Ipswich Motor Sport precinct.

Marys Place B and B

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$139 - 139
For an authentic heritage Bed and Breakfast experience in the centre of Ipswich, Marys Place offers old-fashioned hospitality in a charming and welcoming environment. Owner, Mary, has decked out the 1928 air-conditioned bungalow with antique furniture, traditional colour schemes from the original era, and quality linen. It's opposite Ipswich General Hospital and a short walk to Saint Andrew's Private Hospital. Mary also adds some special personal touches, such as a cup of tea in bed in the morning. Or how about tea with chocolate before you head to bed after a hard day's sightseeing around historic Ipswich? She's happy to try and accommodate your heart's desires - whether it's to set the atmosphere for a romantic getaway or making special arrangements for hospital patients and their families. Marys Place has a shady verandah, tea and coffee making facilities, kitchen and laundry, plus a very pleasant breakfast room with views to the city and mountains beyond. Choose from two Queen-sized and one Double room, with an antique Queen Anne bed, Australian Colonial furniture, Laura Ashley wallpaper and beautiful rugs.

Ipswich Caravan Village

Tivoli, Ipswich Area
From AU$29.5 - 110
Ipswich Caravan Village offers a clean and budget-priced caravan park experience four kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District. Located in the suburb of Tivoli, the only caravan park in Ipswich boasts a picturesque, quiet setting backing onto bushland. Visitors wake to the sound of the bird songs in the morning while still being close to all the action that Ipswich and its surrounds have to offer. The privately owned Ipswich Caravan Village is regularly sold out for visitors attending events just 20 minutes' drive away at Willowbank and Queensland Raceways, such as the V8 Supercars and CMC Rocks Queensland. There are powered sites for vehicles up to 26 feet, and unpowered sites that can accommodate larger vehicles and campers. Air-conditioned cabins are also on offer with a choice of single, double, family or group bookings. Facilities include a pool, barbecue and children's playground, making Ipswich Caravan Village the ideal place to stay for families on a budget. Linen and a gas and microwave oven are supplied, and the amenities block is maintained to a high standard.
From AU$15 - 15
Just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 45 minutes from the Brisbane Central Business District, the Hardings Paddock campground is perfect for a weekend getaway for the whole family. Surrounded by natural bushland, there are just eight camping sites - suitable also for motorhomes and caravans - available to add to the feeling of seclusion. While there's no power available, there are some essential creature comforts including toilets, camp-shower cubicles - bring your own shower bag and water - kitchen, barbecues, tables and a holding yard for horses (with access to water). You will need to bring your own drinking water and with all the activities on offer across the 2,200 hectares of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate you're going to need to keep up your fluids. Recreational opportunities include bird-watching, hiking, mountain bike riding and horseriding - bring your own bikes and horses too! The camping area at Hardings Paddock is locked at all times. Once your booking is confirmed you will receive a camping permit/confirmation with the combination code to access the campground. The combination code is changed regularly. Check out the website for campground rules, trail updates and to download the trail guide.

Ipswich Country Motel

Raceview, Ipswich Area
From AU$125 - 140
Whether Ipswich is your destination or you're passing through, the Ipswich Country Motel offers you all you need in a motel with country-style friendly service. Located in Raceview just a few minutes' drive from the Ipswich Central Business District, the motel is also just across the road from several shops including pizza, seafood, liquor store and beauty salon. Overlooking sporting grounds and bushland at the back, it's the perfect quiet spot to wind down in between checking out Ipswich's many points of interests. Close to both the Cunningham Highway and Brisbane Road, Ipswich Country Motel is an ideal location for travellers. It offers a few secure sites for RVs/caravans besides the 45 comfortable, recently refurbished rooms, some fully self-contained with full kitchen. And unlike some of its more inner-city counterparts, there's also a spacious car-park to accommodate trucks and buses. The motel has a picturesque pool complete with Bali hut that's popular for weddings, and with a 100-person capacity, it's also in demand for functions and conferences. At night, you can enjoy the food and drinks from Mediumrare Char Grill and Bar.

Central Motel Ipswich

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$95 - 145
Central Motel in the Ipswich Central Business District is within walking distance of many of this historical city's major attractions. It's a stone's throw to the beautiful Queens Park with its children's playground, the popular Ipswich Nature Centre and the serene Nerima Gardens. There's a bus stop right at the door and the city's numerous shops and restaurants are at your beck and call, including a supermarket 100 metres away. From here, you can also take one of the heritage walks around Queensland's oldest provincial city. Hospitals are close by, as is the Ipswich Civic Centre where arts lovers enjoy concerts. Guests often make the motel their base when attending events at the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, Bundamba Racecourse, Amberley RAAF Airbase or Ipswich Showgrounds. Accommodation in the air-conditioned Central Motel ranges from a Single Room to a Family Unit which has two rooms. Some of the features for motel guests are covered parking, port-a-cot if required, and outdoor barbecue area, while units feature microwave ovens, fridge, television and free wireless broadband (conditions apply). A delicious breakfast is served. Guests speak highly of Central Motel's friendly and helpful service, central location and high quality for its budget prices.
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