Table Top Loop

Toowoomba
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Table Top mountain on the edge of Toowoomba, provides views of the Lockyer Valley and surround. The climb itself can be quite demanding with a lot of large steps over the Camel's Hump and a scramble just before the summit. But the reward at the top, with a circuit all the way around, provides a spectacular vista.

Table Top is an area of high significance to the Traditional Owners, recognised in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register and protected under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003. You are respectfully requested to consider your decision to climb this mountain.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
Eucalypt Forest
597m
Maximum Elevation
158m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Toowoomba follow South Street south until it becomes Tabletop Driver. Continue to follow Tabletop Driver until it turns into a dirt track. At the end of which is the entrance to the walk and areas to park.

Maps:

None found.

Route/Trail notes:

The walk starts at the base of the Camel's Hump, which is comprised of a lot of large steps. This section is quite steep for about 150m. The down section of the hump is less demanding but expect to encounter medium sized rocks to climb over. The face of Table Top is predominently large gravel which can be loose so take care. Right before the summit expect a steep scramble, it's not a difficult climb, but pick your path before you start, to save having to change direction halfway. At the summit, there is a circuit that takes you all the way around the mountain top.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/visitors-hit-heights-on-mountain/2279594/

http://www.weekendnotes.com/hiking-tabletop-mountain-toowoomba/

Comments

Was a hard walk for a first timer back to fitness, felt it in my knees, a lot. Heading back to the Gym to strengthen my quads. Looking foward to tackling it again soon.

Damien Schulga on 29 Aug, 2021

Lots of fun scrambling. The scramble along the first ridge was challenging but do-able, and the final scramble was quite steep but just keep going and you’ll make it. Took us 45 minutes to the top.

Olwyn on 28 Aug, 2021

A relatively short and easy ascent but the technical aspect of the scrambling will raise the difficulty for some (the most demanding section is just before the top, though those with experience will have little trouble).

MDWL on 3 Jun, 2021

Great walk. My family enjoyed the scramble!

Cara on 25 Apr, 2021

26th time today but first time in the rain. The path up was soooo muddy and slippery.

Chesspeople on 5 Apr, 2021

Great walk. 25 mins up for my first time 3 weeks after a right shoulder rebuild. Was a challenge climbing with one arm but well worth it. Can't wait to do it again and better my time.

Mark on 17 Feb, 2021

Beautiful walk especially at sunset or sunrise. Great 360 views of the local area.

courtlalala on 9 Feb, 2021

Great views totally worth it. A bit scary at times

TrinaAtley on 27 Dec, 2020

Started at 4:30am
15 minutes up 12 minutes down! Not much else to do in Toowoomba. Missing Brisbane life!! nice sunrise.

Chesspeople on 29 Nov, 2020

I thought the first peak was the mountain top, it's not! Thought I would mention in case anyone else is as dumb as me (there is one small peak before the actual mountain). Also be careful coming down the mountain as I nearly slipped a few times.

Clem on 15 Sep, 2020

Did this 3 times. 19 minutes up and 2 days before 22 minutes up. View is good. Scrambling is fun. There is optional rock face climbing too. I wouldn't bother from picnic point that seems ridiculous. However, you will need a decent car to get to the base via Table Top drive. Lots of pot holes, gravel road and steep. Otherwise park at the top of that drive and walk 400 meters down. Take good grip shoes you will need them did this in worn our runners the first time and it was very unstable. Without sounding arrogant I like to use this as a pre gym cardio when it's too windy for soccer.

Chesspeople on 9 Sep, 2020

I have done Table Top Mt a couple of times, but today was a quite windy day, which is normally not ideal because it can get very cold in winter especially on top of mountain.

However it helped me a lot when descending as I would not need to struggle with my balance or squat down to get through the scramble at the top, the wind just improved my balance, which was a quite different experience than the usual ones.

Jimmy on 23 Aug, 2020

Hard scramble over rocks for the majority of this walk. I can see how it received the 'hard' rating. Big leg workout. We did in the middle of Winter on one of the windiest days, which was a bit off putting. If you're doing it in the Summer months, make sure you take water - only shady for first third of the walk. My fear of heights was on edge with the wind factor. I think if it wasn't so windy, I may have enjoyed it more

Tanya on 4 Jul, 2020

A short walk but it is straight up and a rock scramble for much of it. Our boys loved it! Took half an hour up and down again, around 20mins up top taking in the magical view.

Curry Bunch on 1 Jul, 2020

Quite a challenge but worth it at the end. Climbing gloves could be useful for the scramble at the top. One of the few hikes that I can say going down is as challenging as going up.

Naomi Bradley on 30 Jun, 2020

Great.

Marlaina Embling on 20 May, 2020

Good walk

Stoz on 4 May, 2020

again ticking off walks as i have just joined been hiking for a while this was a fair bit of rock hopping and the last scramble up the rocks to the top you have to be careful :) i can see how some people slip but if ya take care ya should be ok no rushing :) we did it from toowoomba side :)

vlad on 8 Mar, 2020

here's a good video of what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIc67ZINicg&t=24s

I grew up with a photo of this mountain on the back of the family toilet door, Yesterday I finally got a chance to climb it and find out why it's so special.
3 weeks ago Toowoomba, the "Garden City" was in high drought. Locals tell me that area that you are looking at was mostly orange.
Turns out the the attire or choice for climbing TableTop Mountain is either full hiking gear. backpack, water, and survival snacks (internationals) or rugby shorts and no top (locals).

In 1843 three Aboriginal tribes, Jagera, Yuggera and Uragapul suffered massive losses here with a battle against the Europeans. It became known as the Battle of One Tree Hill (as the mountain was known then).
HIstory tells us that After a mass poisoning at Kilcoy Homestead, aboriginal leader Multuggera led an ambush on squatters taking supplies across from Moreton Bay, at One Tree Hill.
The squatters organised a revenge party and the aborigines retreated up the mountain. They escaped into the Lockyer Valley but were later tracked down and killed by the military.
In 2010, the National Library of Australia acquired a sketch by local Thomas John Domville Taylor for $120,000 which is believed to be an eyewitness account of the aftermath of the battle. This made it one of less than ten visual eyewitness accounts of attacks by European settlers on indigenous people.

Daryl Keeley on 17 Feb, 2020

Possibly not the best one to do if you are prone to spraining your ankle, lots of rock hopping, walking on loose rocks, climbing up rock faces. Very enjoyable little hike with a lot of variety and a nice view at the top. Track is very easy to follow, would have a hard time getting lost.

Vonsnrub on 18 Dec, 2019

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