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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.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
Eucalypt Forest
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 from the picnic ground, a wide clear track leads south up the ridge line. After a few hundred metres, the track 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. Another ascent, with 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 descent to a col between the peaks and a steep ascent on the far side (approximately 130 metres elevation gain). Picking your way through the rocks takes care and effort, but although the climb is difficult in parts, there is little exposure.

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

GPS Tracks

Comments

Great hike

Kmxfitness on 5 Sep, 2020

First time on this mountain, was tough but enjoyable. The road leading to the hike was a little unexpected - dirt road with some creek crossings.
Didn’t see many of people, but the ones we did were friendly and helpful. Pretty much all uphill with some tricky spots, but really enjoyable.
The decent took some attention as it was very dry and dusty today - quite slippery.
Would recommend a moderate level of fitness for sure.

MandaPanda on 31 Aug, 2020

Scenic walk with steady steep ascent. Rocky path with loose gravel in places. Rock hopping, scrambling and a bit of a rock climb right at the end. Beautiful views. Be sure to bring enough water and something to eat at the summit while you enjoy the view. Can see all the way to Brisbane CBD.

Caroline on 29 Aug, 2020

I found the first part of this walk to be dry and unpleasant the scrambling was fun as usual even though it was 35km winds! The ugly weather station and chopper pad at the top was a turn off. Hard on the knees coming back. It took 1hr
40min up and 1hr 20min down I'm not in a hurry to do this again although I'm glad that I experienced it at least once.

Chesspeople on 22 Aug, 2020

Rewarding but challenging walk, took us 4 hrs total. Care needed on descent as it can be lose underfoot. One small section of tricky scrambling near the top.

Sophie P on 9 Aug, 2020

Best hike near Brisbane. Even doable in rain with experience and good gear!

Harry on 1 Aug, 2020

Took my 8 and 10 year old kids up. It was tough for them but they enjoyed it.

Richard Mason on 11 Jul, 2020

Perfect blue skies and a pleasant 23 degrees. Headed off around 10am and the path was pretty clear ahead. Other hikers were friendly and considerate when passing. It was a tough hike, solid ascent with some tricky spots, but really good fun. The view at the top is simply stunning! Snacks and water a must.

Koko on 4 Jul, 2020

Amazing hike. There were beautiful views all the way up (except for when the fog was around). It got quite busy but still a great hike. Would definitely do it again

Kassie on 2 Jul, 2020

Great walk with beautiful scenery at the top. Be prepared that it can be very windy and cool at the summit, we didn’t stay there long. Easy to follow track and great views along the way.

wheres_wally on 28 Jun, 2020

Good view
Easy track
No navigation required

Nok on 27 Jun, 2020

Challenging hike but very worthwhile! It was a really interesting hike and beautiful views.

Total climb with lunch break (1 hour) was 4.75 hours. It took us about 2.25 hours up with breaks and then 1.5 hours back down.

There is no access to water so ensure you take enough water to last the hike and have good shows it is pretty slippery .

CB0194 on 27 Jun, 2020

Really enjoyed this hike. The track is pretty obvious, was quite busy when we were coming back down. We started at 7.20am, took us 3 hrs. Great views from the summit.

JFoss on 26 Jun, 2020

I have hiked most of the peaks in SEQ over that last few years but never thought much about this one even thought it is the closest decent peak to home, thinking it would be pretty boring, how wrong I was. I found it to have all the things that make a walk memorable, steep climbs, scrambles, great views and plenty of interesting features. I left the carpark at just before 7am and made it to the summit in just under an hour and a half. After a short stop for a bit of exploring, photos and a handful of trail mix I headed back down, expecting to be back at the car in about an hour. I hadn't walked for long before I realised that I had taken a wrong turn and was about to turn back before spotting the secret caves, so continued on to explore them. After a good look around I started back to find where I had taken a wrong turn, and somehow went even further astray. The way ahead was blocked so rather than backtracking again, decided to bush bash in the hope of picking up the trail again, bad decision, now even further away from where I wanted to be. Next bad decision, just head downhill then skirt around to find the trail further down. I soon ran into impenetrable lantana, so again made another decision, head back up. After some time of slipping and sliding one pace up and sliding two paces down made it to the rock wall and with the trail a hundred metres ahead just climbed straight up. Made it back to the summit again two and a half hours later before heading down again. A great day.

jgmansell on 16 Jun, 2020

We had hiked this previously and only seen a few people. This time it was packed to the point of being unpleasant - following a conga line back down the mountain! The views are great and it is a steep but straightforward hike with only a brief section of scrambling. The track is extremely well worn so no navigational problems.

Heather T on 31 May, 2020

Really busy trail.
Easy to navigate to the top.
Took us 3.5hours including snack breaks and lots of photos.

Jess on 30 May, 2020

A great hike and beautiful weather. If you're feeling daunted by the difficulty, just remember the uphill climb is only for half the duration (approx. 1.75hrs), the descent is more focused on watching your step with less huffing and puffing. We started at about 9:30am so the trail was busy in parts but people were considerate and gave way where needed. I enjoyed the views leading up to the top just as much as the final gasp at the end.

Nadine on 24 May, 2020

Very challenging hike, if you're new to hiking, I highly recommend to go with someone/people who are experienced, and have been there before. The views are phenomenal.

Ashley Scott on 24 May, 2020

Toughest hike our little group have done. Great feeling of accomplishment at the top. Definitely bring sufficient water ... I emptied my hydration pack with about 2km to go on the descent. Luckily had a spare water bottle in the car that I was glad to be reunited with!

Dean on 24 May, 2020

Very challenging and rewarding track. Made an early start and reached the summit in 1hr 18. Unfortunately on the decent the track started to become quite populated and every second person seemed to be carrying a speaker and donating their music to anyone within 100m of them. Was hugely disappointing, but the hike itself is great.

Micah on 23 May, 2020

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