A steep climb up the northwestern ridge of Flinders Peak, passing over several crests giving expansive views north to Brisbane on the way up. As it climbs higher, views expand to include the Fassifern Valley and south west to Lamington plateau.

The final segment descends from Little Flinders across a col and ascends again to Flinders Peak. This is the most rugged section of the track and extra caution is required. Rock scrambling skills and strong boots are essential. Views from the peak can be stunning.

Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
680m
Maximum Elevation
530m
Total Climb

Getting there

Commences at Flinders Plum Picnic area.  Take Mount Flinders Road off the Ipswich-Boonah Road near Peak Crossing.

Maps

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Route/Trail notes

This is a challenging track with rough surfaces, steep inclines, cliff edges, limited signage and no water sources.

Starting north from a small lookout just above the picnic ground, a wide clear track leads south up the ridge line. After a few hundred metres, the track crosses a fence line and narrows to an obvious footpad and begins to climb steeply. The track is unformed and the ground is loose in places. After a climb of 10 minutes or so, a group of rocks on the east provide the first good views north and a chance to catch breath. After another short climb, an open wooded grassy ridge affords good views through the trees to Brisbane to the north. Two more ascents, with a break for views over the Fassifern, leads to a steep climb up Little Flinders which is progressively more boulder strewn. The track disappears as the ridge flattens out, but there are occasional triangular trail markers leading through the rocks to the peak and views along the Main Range down to Lamington Plateau. Flinders Peak proper can be seen from here, with a steep descent to a col between the peaks and an even steeper ascent on the far side. Picking the way through the rocks all the way takes care and effort, and while only 500 metres as the crow flies careful scrambling takes almost an hour between the two peaks.

Views from the Peak can be had in any direction - take the time up here as that's what you came for! You share the summit with a helipad and a UHF transmitter.

Permits/Costs

Free

Other References

http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/23776/Flinders-Goolman_Trails_Guide.pdf

Comments

Great hike we loved it! Took our 8yr old up and she did really well, definitely some challenging parts but a lot of fun and stunning views all along the way!

Nads on 22 Sep, 2019

Fell in love with this mountain. Interesting terrain and lots of fun to climb. Greeted by so many roos and wallabees early in the morning!

Sames on 7 Sep, 2019

Clearly enough defined path to traverse in the dark with headlamp. Overall the hike took about 2:40 with about 15min stop at the top to drink in the view.

Christopher Dawson on 7 Sep, 2019

Really fun hike and beautiful view- if you cooee off the top it echoes for ages! Recommended if you're relatively fit and have done a couple of bushwalks already, don't be scared off by its difficulty level though, it's not impossible if you're willing to take your time.

Karla on 31 Aug, 2019

Took the boys (7 and 9) up and they loved it. Leave early even in winter as it gets to hot and dry up there.

Juiced Pixels on 25 Aug, 2019

A difficult but worthwhile track! It took us just under 3hrs with 10min for food and photos at the top. Very hot and dusty, and a bit of a slog on the way up, but interesting terrain and gorgeous views. Much easier coming down, though slippery at times in the dust!

noniej on 25 Aug, 2019

Great view and good walk. Took me 3h 30m which includes a 10min break at top. Quite warm and still. Wouldn’t want to be here in summer! Some rock scrambling which wouldn’t be good for anyone with mobility and agility issues.

Wez on 25 Aug, 2019

Challenging walk but lots of fun. The part we found hardest was the loose dusty ground on the way down. It was too easy to slip so we had to take it quite slow. It took us four and a half hours but younger people should be able to do it much quicker.

Ian and Sue on 10 Aug, 2019

It was an interesting walk.Great view, definitely need some effort to get on to the top, but totally worth it. We got there around 7:30am, finished around 10:45am. Stopped twice, had some food on the top.

Natasha on 4 Aug, 2019

Great fun from start to finish. The landscape changes often and offers plenty of opportunities for rock clambering. Spectacular views start early on and continue throughout the hike. The family enjoyed it so much, we returned again later the same month with extended family in tow.

Monstar on 3 Aug, 2019

What a fantastic walk. Took our 9 & 12 yr old who loved it. A hard walk but with such a step walk, the views are impressive from very early. The first 3rd of the walk is nothing special, steep, loose underfoot and dull. Once you get to the rocks it is awesome. The view from the top is breathtaking. Will do it again for sure.

Curry Bunch on 14 Jul, 2019

With Rob

Mir on 11 Jul, 2019

Quite a strenuous walk. Beginning part of the hike is a bit boring and burns the lungs. Once you get to the rock hopping it’s fantastic.

Rain came in as I was summiting, complete white out. The decent was pretty slippery in the wet as I only had trainers on. Boots would be recommend.

The decent is also pretty hard on the knees.

Mkos on 4 Jul, 2019

A bit wet!

Lisa on 16 Jun, 2019

This is probably the most fun I've had on a hike to date. It's a pretty strenuous uphill hike for the most part, but the rock hopping across the ridge was a highlight, as was the short climb (it's not hard or exposed, just fun!) Exhausting but worth it and the views are great!

sarasvati on 14 Jun, 2019

Extremely difficult. Enjoyed the stunning views though.

ZinZin on 5 Jun, 2019

Great walk with very few flat sections so be prepared for some uphill action. Fantastic 360 views all the way up

Joshee on 30 May, 2019

Was challenging for someone just starting to hike.... But was beautiful. Would definitely do again 👌

Kmacd on 24 May, 2019

Quite strenuous but very manageable. Took 3.5hrs with plenty of breaks. Good views of the city and surrounds. Definitely recommend!

Liam Pugh on 11 May, 2019

Great walk. Walked in good weather starting out 7:35am. Took 3hrs return with about a 15min stop at the top. I enjoyed the rock scrambling the most and the views back to Brisbane were amazing. Would recommend this walk. Not very technical at all. Car park filled quickly so good to get there early. Toilets near car park.

Bearded Vagabond on 5 May, 2019

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