Flinders Plum and Harding’s Paddock areas are the two base points from which to explore the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate. The Estate offers a range of recreational activities like hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. It covers more than 1900 hectares incorporating forests as well as rugged volcanic peaks like Flinders Peak, Mount Blaine, Mount Catherine and Mount Goolman.
At Flinders Plum Picnic Area there are shelters, barbeques, picnic tables and toilets. Even if you are not into hiking, I suggest you do the short (250m) track to Flinders Plum Lookout.
This is also the start of the Flinders Peak Hiking track. However, this one is reserved for the experienced hiker. It is advised that hikers allow a full day to reach the summit and return. This is an increasingly challenging track with rough surfaces, steep inclines, cliff edges, limited signage and no water sources.
There are two other moderate tracks that can be reached from this picnic area. Both are multi-use tracks. Sandy Creek Track is 3.5km long and wanders through Hoop Pine forests. Mount Blaine Hiking Track is a 2.5km walk to the foot of Mt Blaine. It passes through Spotted Gum and Ironbark forests, Brushbox and heathland. Be on the lookout for koalas, wallabies and red-tailed Black Cockatoos.