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

Which maps cover the area?

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

I'll start with saying this was a reeeeeally fun walk - not difficult by any stretch but plenty of steeper terrain to hit at a trot if you're after a bit of a cardio. The scree sections were great for a bit of rock-hopping. The scramble/climb just before the summit is about 10(ish) metres and pretty easy to manouvre. Sadly there was a bit of fog hanging around so the views weren't reaching but still pretty spectacular and definitely made up for by the willingness of the birds and roos to hang about in the open. The descent was pretty cruisey. The trail took me just on 2 and a half hours including a snacks and few sets of push-ups at the summit.

Rabzie on 1 Jul, 2018

Love this mountain. Such a great walk so close to Brisbane. Highly recommend this one. Didn't quite make it for sunrise this time, but was well worth carrying the coffee and snack up on this cold morning. Enjoy your adventures.

Dan on 23 Jun, 2018

Great challenging hike with varied terrain. I would have been moderate fitness level when I did this the first time and found it tough but a good challenge. Right when you get sick/bored/tired of one section it changes to a completely different type of terrain. Eg. Quite a lot of consistent incline then bam it’s rock hopping then bam it’s some downhill then bam beautiful look out then bam some incline then bam rock hopping then bam scramble then bam incline and you’ve made it haha! One of my favorite hikes in the Brisbane/greater Brisbane area.

Did it in about he suggested time frame or slightly less from memory :)

B.B. Goes Bush on Jun, 2018

This is a fairly straight forward hike... One foot in front of the other for what seems like FOREVER! Some scrambling involved but you don’t need a lot of experience but some sort of fitness level is definitely beneficial! Awesome views from the summit and the help pad. Beautiful while the sun is starting to go down, just don’t wait too long, it is steep going down.

Natalie on 27 May, 2018

Good little hike. Some challenging sections, but nothing really that difficult. Just under three hours up and back with some decent breaks on the way and at the top.

danielsmith1 on 11 May, 2018

My second time doing this climb and what a personal improvement! 1hr 30 mins to the top 1hr 10mins to the bottom.
Some of the track at the top was a little more washed away than last time but still safe. It seems a lot of the loose rocks have been compacted or removed which definitely allowed for more traction coming down the bottom half.
A great morning out will definitely do it again!!

Juanita on 6 May, 2018

Awesome walk!! Watch the rubble coming down tho, very dusty and slippery. Best done in winter time, as quite exposed to the sun

Sally on 15 Apr, 2018

The edge of Amberley Airspace, most GA pilots will know this mountain well because if you fly on the wrong side of it without a clearance you'll have a rather annoyed air traffic controller to deal with. Finally climbed it and was a good morning out. Took roughly 90 minutes to climb with the first part being more exhausting than the second half. Some very minor scrambling towards the end of the hike but next to no exposure. Would not consider this a difficult climb. View at the top is awesome but somewhat blocked by the Emergency Services radio facility at the summit. Track was easy to follow, no need for GPS or maps. Funnily enough they had some free maps on the tourist board at the bottom though.

Vonsnrub on 13 Apr, 2018

A favourite. 3 hours with breaks as required

SunJunkie on 6 Apr, 2018

This was a tough walk! Very steep the entire way up, so really tested the legs for both myself and my husband. It says 7km, however this must be as the crow flies because our tracker logged 10km (which we weren't expecting).

If you are wanting to go, I recommend to be prepared with more water than you think you need, plenty of snacks and a first aid kit just in case.

We were surprised with just how difficult it was, however our fitness level isn't the greatest.

An enjoyable, if challenging hike!

Took us around 4 hours including an asthma attack and a bunch of breaks ;D

Hiker Emma on 31 Mar, 2018

Fantastic walk with a great variety of terrain, both bush walking and rock hopping / scrambling. Track is well laid out with orange markers and the bbq facilities at the bottom are perfect for a post hike breakfast.

RyanJ on 25 Mar, 2018

Awesome walk. Provided a great challenge for our group. Took 4 hours 20mins return with quite a few stops along the way and at the top.

Exploringonfoot on 18 Mar, 2018

Great view throughout the hike, few rock scrambling made it more fun. Beautiful 360 view from the peak. 2 hr up and 1.5 hr down. Suitable for BBQ after hike.

Mark Aryal on 15 Mar, 2018

Good solid climb to the top with the first quarter of the ascent being the most taxing on the legs. Great views start from approximately 1/2 way up. Rock climb about 1/3 of the way from the summit with good foot/hand holds so shouldn't have too many difficulties. Fantastic views in all directions once at the top!

Steve on 4 Mar, 2018

A challenge for me as it was my first big climb in many many years. Very enjoyable . Was slippery underfoot so highly recommend good quality footwear. Definitely doing this again!

Juanita on 4 Mar, 2018

Great hike. Well defined track. Was tough in parts and slippery when it rained. Recommend going early to avoid the hot sun.

Leith on 25 Nov, 2017

Grabbed a beautiful day, nice views

drewmac on 27 Oct, 2017

Great fun going up and excellent views on the way.
We stuffed around a lot and took lots of breaks (around 2 hours all up maybe), 5.5 hours from start to finish.

fredskis on 17 Sep, 2017

Hi, Found a lovely presented, entrance, with toilets, bbque facilities, in very good state. The walk after the first klm, went straight up-hill, for about all of the way. Really tested the legs on this one, very nice, the scambling was fun, and the top, surprised me, with all the infrastructure. Had a good look around, lunch, great walk. Did it in three. The track is very well worn, very dusty in places. Quite a few groups were heading up, on our way down. Lovely day.

Legs eleven - Dave on 2 Sep, 2017

One of my favorite local hikes. A great cardio and leg workout at the base, followed by nice ridge trails and some easy rock hopping here and there. Only one straightforward and small climbing section near the top that an elderly woman with an ankle injury completed on one hike up.
No scary dropoffs or death-defying cliffs here. Just a great view at the top.

Rey Leon on Aug, 2017

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