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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.

Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing
Eucalypt Forest

Getting there

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


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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.



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GPS Tracks


I found it quite a challenge and took about 3hours 40min, including a good break. The walk along the ridge and across the large boulders was the best part - a lot of fun.

Carmen on 26 Sep, 2021

Lots of cacti. Extremely steep and dusty during the dryer months. Interesting sight at the top with the static station and heli pad, loved the yellow flowers. On your way down from the top you will encounter a part where the path seems to split and it’ll seem as through the descending path is the correct way to go. It’s not. Unless you wish to go bouldering in the caves (which I encountered by accident). You’ll know you’re heading this way if you see a purple flowering tree above a steeply inclined relatively flat rock. To get to plum car park please continue walking along the ridge - don’t descend. Took me 5 hours all up.

Warlock Bride on 24 Sep, 2021

Lovely walk, great views along the way, fairly steep first half. Easy to follow trail.

Bruce on Sep, 2021

Did this hike today. Took us about 4 hours in total. Would probably take you about an hour and a half to get to the summit/reasonably close, as well as an additional hour and a half getting back down. We weren't in a rush today and just went our own pace, taking as many stops as we wanted to pictures n whatnot. Really stunning views throughout the whole trail. I'd personally recommend going on a week-day as weekends get very busy.

melted_cheese on 15 Aug, 2021

A short but quite steep climb with a small amount of scrambling. One can be rewarded with spectacular views.

Andy Seward on 14 Aug, 2021

I've done Flinders 3 times, and I definitely recommend doing this hike just after rain so the track is not too loose and dusty. Not a track you want to attempt in summer, it gets too hot . A fairly intense, steep track but the payoff is worth it. The track is easy to navigate. The rock scrambling sections are really fun, just give people enough space to avoid being stonkered by falling rocks. Do this track early, as the carpark fills up quickly from 6:30am. Also, you'll hopefully avoid the loud-talkers and people that insist on playing music - I really don't understand that one. Keep that stuff at home and enjoy nature. If you're lucky and quiet, you'll see brush-tailed rock wallabies and quail. Wedge tailed eagles and peregrine falcons can often be seen at the summit.

Ryno87 on 14 Aug, 2021

A nice hike. Took about 2:45, moderate fitness, haven't done a tough hike in a while. Good boots recommended. Great mix of gentle walking, steep climbs, scrambles and rock hopping. Great views at the top.

Jamie Muchall on 25 Jul, 2021

Beautiful steep walk that’s worth the effort. Saw people walking in skate shoes but wouldn’t recommend it as a bit steep and dusty in places. I would recommend shoes with a bit of grip but other than that it seems popular with all ages.

Chantelle on 17 Jul, 2021

Hard one. It is great to test your willpower and motivation. You climb one peak and then the second peak with the tower becomes visible from a lookout point and you need to motivate yourself to continue and summit. Going up the track and way up is not difficult to find and navigate. Coming back down you need to pay attention to the route. I got distracted and went the wrong way that led to fabulous caves where a couple were rock climbing. It was a dead end though and I had to track back up and find the right track down to the car park. I lost about 15 minutes but it was worth it as the caves where beautiful and I would not have seen them if I had not got lost. You need to be fit to do this one and it needs good supportive shoes.

Hadi Nahvi on 10 Jul, 2021

3rd time

Michael Barcelon on 28 Jun, 2021

Take your time to look around at the top. Walk around up near the radio tower and you’ll get a good view of Brisbane city and the coast.

Pped on 19 Jun, 2021

Went up before dawn to watch the sunrise, Route finding is simple, even with a head torch. Well placed reflective markers through the scramble sections at the craggy saddle and gully up to the summit. Best views to the east are just below the peak. About 3 hours up and back, and I'm not super fit.

Ados on 16 May, 2021

3.5 hours return blinking steep but fun rock scrabbling.
A lung buster.

Chris Wilson on 16 May, 2021

Steady first k. Increases gradient but very walkable. Rocky section across ridge. Pay attention when the track takers a sharp left to a scramble up at approx 500M elevation, it is marked with orange triangles but we met two walkers who had missed this and continued downhill with sheer cliffs on their left. They ended up on a 3 hour detour.
Recommend tracker app for any hike. Eg outdoor active.
Great views. Great half day hike. Fit 3 hr return. Average 4 hrs. With youngsters 5 for stops.

Dominic Clarke on 26 Apr, 2021

We started at the picnic area and moved our way toward the peak we went through this grassy area that was heavily vegetated with grass reaching lengths of 1.8m (my height). After that the climb become rocky going up the first ridge then down then up the second ridge down a bit than a final push to the summit. A bit of scrambling involved but i can confidently say that this is a hike not a rock climb.

Polarbear88 on 28 Feb, 2021


Kelly S on 11 Feb, 2021

Slightly challenging only in the sense of the varying terrain, not as much rock climbing per se. Comparatively to other climbs I have done this was quite pleasant.

HikingBiker on 8 Nov, 2020

A fav. I'm old and it's my heart check. Beautiful day. Wallabees in the paddock at the base and a different type on the boulder hop. A tree snake in the car park and clear views from the top. Only irritant was an infernal drone. Took 70 mins up and 45 down. Temp up 28 and 31 down. Please leave your drones and boomboxes at home. Some of us are in nature to enjoy it.

Troppo on 1 Nov, 2020

3rd attempt with family - finally made it all the way. 5yo managed solo but she's a confident climber. Took our time on a perfect day - would have struggled mid-summer. Looks drier than ever at the moment but still a magical place IMO

David on 27 Sep, 2020

Yikes!!! BOM said it was going to be cloudy and 24deg.. instead it was 32 and sun was harsh. This track is pretty much exposed the entire way so hot hot hot!!!! Its all uphill with lots of rocks to climb over, scrambling and a couple of quite terrifying parts to climb up. (and then back down) Some beautiful places to stop along the way to admire the view. The lookout at the top is worth it but you have to work for it. Go as early as possible to avoid the heat, a hat is a must and plenty of water. We saw so many people walking up wearing jeans and with little or no water and grossly under prepared. I was surprised how many people were asking us as we were coming back down about the distance to the top and the terrain that was ahead of them. Please people, research a little before commencing walks and take appropriate gear/supplies.

Janelle on 20 Sep, 2020


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