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

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

Challenging but rewarding views.

Brenton on 5 May, 2019

Great walk. Loved the ridge. hard on the legs on the way down though. Gotta get fitter!!

Mark Whitford on 4 May, 2019

Cool hike....pretty tough on the way up👍

Glenn on 28 Apr, 2019

Very defined track.

Jimmy H. on 27 Apr, 2019

hard physically ton hard to navigate. mentally tough. good training mountain

Jamie Johnston on 20 Apr, 2019

I have a love hate relationship with Flinders Peak, hate the up up uppity bit at the start, love the scramble across the rocky ridge, love the views from the lookouts along the way, and hate how my knees hurt on the way down. Not for the feint hearted or unfit as it is a challenge but the views are worth it.

Christine on 31 Mar, 2019

Did pay this trek and the weather the respect I should have; drank 3 litres before I'd finished and didn't take a hat. Taking my poles next time too. Great trek though. A bit to much rubble for me to run back down though.

Tony Capitano on 23 Mar, 2019

A decent hike for the reasonably fit. Physically taxing especially on the knees. As has been said before, this hike is challenging but not technical and safe all the way (despite some intimidating looking parts near the top). Rock hopping along the ridge was the highlight.

JayWalker on 24 Feb, 2019

Brilliant walk, some tough parts to the top with a small rock climbing segment.
5hrs up and back with a break at the top.

WalkingWombat on 22 Feb, 2019

What a way to spend Australia Day. Took a 5 and a 6 year old up. It gets a little steep in some parts but the kids managed it pretty easily. It took us 4 hours return with some stops including a lunch stop. The views are awesome. It is pretty exposed weather wise most of the way up and got pretty hot so take plenty of water and a hat. An awesome family day and well worth it. Garmin showed 7.3km return and 654m elevation.

Cityofangels on 26 Jan, 2019

This was a surprisingly awesome hike.
Your walking on an incline from the get go. Definitely got the heart pumping.
Beautiful views, interesting terrain. Enjoyed the boulder hopping at the top. Found the track easy to follow.
Would suggest going early as it was hot hot hot!

Alana on 2 Dec, 2018

Went up today for the third time. The bush fires meant the road into Plum picnic area was closed, but nothing there about walking up. Was magic as ever, and a good intermediate walk. Some evidence of burning, but nothing threatening. Great that it's so close to Brissie.

Note: There appears to be no information about Plum being closed online, and at the gates there's nothing to say you can't go up (there are multiple ascents possible). It would be nice if the City of Ipswich would clarify this.

Walkarama on 1 Dec, 2018

Would say Medium-Hard, not very hard. Ascent is steep and leg/lung burner but only a physical challenge. Towards the top it flattens out and turns into a boulder-hopping, scramble to the top. Physically pretty tough, technically pretty simple.

Good short duration climb. Great for inexperienced hikers to build confidence on. Very few dangerous, exposed areas.

mjw on 23 Nov, 2018

Went with a group on a longer circuit approaching the peak from the south. It was fun.

Juiced Pixels on 4 Nov, 2018

Was a nice walk

Aaron on 3 Nov, 2018

Another awesome climb!!!!!! Made it up and back in under 2 hours. Very slippery on the way down.

Michael Richards on 27 Oct, 2018

Beautiful mountain.. The hike is hard and its a climb from the get go. The razor back on top can be a bit challenging and it will take about an hour to get across even though the distance is not too much. Only one section involves scrambling and thats towards the top i believe its called the chimney. Views from top are breathtaking. If doing in summer carry water, hats sunscreen etc as it is all exposed on top and no shade at all. Do not do if raining or has rained as the razorback section will be very slippery

Ashwin on 9 Oct, 2018

A really challenging walk! Much steeper than anticipated and a challenge coming down too, but well worth effort for the views.

Mon86 on 16 Sep, 2018

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