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Needing a moderate level of fitness you will pass through Spotted Gum and Ironbark forests, Brushbox and heathland. Keep an eye out for koalas, wallabies and the magnificent Red-tailed Black Cockatoos that call this area home.

Entry is from Flinders Plum Picnic Area

Take a short hike to the foot of Mt Blaine.

Lookouts

Getting there

Follow the unsealed Mt Flinders Rd, PEAK CROSSING until the end.  There are a few water crossings so you may not be able to make it through if it has rained heavily in the last couple of days

Directions

Walk North of the toilet block and you'll see a sign for Mount Blaine which crosses as small creek. Follow the fire trail up for about 1km until you get to a sign for the Mount Blaine Summit Trail. The path to the summit is right next to this sign, don't keep walking along the fire trail at this point.

Follow this path to the summit being careful not to slip on the scree or loose dirt. You can return via this path, or you can also descend on the Eastern side of the mountain. The path down is a bit harder to find, but there are some large prickly pear cacti on the Eastern side and make you way down and around these and you'll find something that resembles a track. Eventually this joins another fire trail that leads back to the carpark.

Other References

http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/about_ipswich/parks_reserves_precincts/parks_search/index.php?id=89

http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/documents/health/flinders-goolman_trails_guide.pdf

GPS Tracks

Comments

A great little intense circuit close to Brisbane. Up the northern and down the southern path is the way to go. Very unstable on the descent, lots of loose rocks and soil. Your legs can recover on the easy stroll along the fire trails back to the car park. Your efforts will be rewarded with panoramic views

Helen Winter on 29 Aug, 2021

Follow a firetrail up into the saddle of Mt Blaine. From there, turn right and follow along to the fence where you again turn right to head up the mountain. Extremely unstable boulders/rubble mark the next part of the trail, before a steep, steep ascent to the top. Short but steep!

ct__ on 5 Jul, 2021

Great walk, missed the path but bushbashed my way up with my mate. Loads of Golden Orb Spiders. I think the best path up to the summit is scrambling up the scree and loose rocks. We took the path to the right (of the scree) and found a way up, but we had to crawl through bramble and scrub.
Great training walk for bigger walks. Will do Flinders Peak next week

Matthew Buxton on 17 Jan, 2021

Wonderful views from side track of Flinders Peak and Mt Blaine. We detoured to Mt Catherine for a very peaceful picnic with nice views. Very steep and loose gravel in some places but well worthwhile. We tied this in with the Sandy Creek Track for an easy going shorter set of walks with our three children.

Family Blunt on 6 Jun, 2020

Did the summit circuit going up the northern face and down the southern face. I'm pretty unfit compared to most people here but I managed it, although it was tough going. View of Flinders Peak and surrounding area from the top is 100% worth it.
The northern face is extremely steep and exposed, but the southern face less so, definitely agree with the other comments to go down that way.
Finding the track on the southern side is only tricky at one point, when you're near the bottom you'll get to a large area of small boulders, make sure you stick left here and you should see a sign through the trees on the far left side.

Sophie P on 5 Jun, 2020

Great hike. As others have said, golden orb spiders everywhere, but also heaps of beautiful wrens on the fire trails and whip birds as you ascend. Mount Catherine is a worthwhile side trip of about 15 minutes. From here is a great view to Blaine, got me pumped to keep going. I headed up the northface, very scrambly lots of leg work. Not many spots to stop and enjoy the view. Beautiful views of Flinders from the top. Check out the geocache on top. Headed down the southern face which I think is marginally easier, though I got a bit lost towards the very end, think a couple of new tags/markers are in order. Loved the hike, preferred this over Flinders.

Tanya on 9 May, 2020

Beautiful hike, great leg workout but definitely worth it. Took about 20 minutes to scale the mountain. Can be quite hairy in some places shoes with good grip are definitely required. One of my favourite hikes so far!

Ling on 6 Oct, 2019

Good hike, feels a bit off the beaten track and has a nice view of Flinder’s Peak from the top.

Karla on 25 Aug, 2019

Lots of hills, great thighs workout. There is a small trail off to Mt Catherine, which is very narrow but looks far easier to climb than the Mt Blaine summit. Some lovely shady spots and loose rocks.

ebbers on 28 Jul, 2019

Great hike. You can either go up the northern face where the signed entry to Mount Blaine is or walk down from the car park to the Skyline track and enter the southern face. The southern face was a lot easier to climb down as the northern face is just a dirt track with a couple of rocks which is steep with nothing to hold onto has you go down. The Southern face is clearly marked with markers for you to follow on the way up and down.

Kelli on 12 Jul, 2019

Absolutely marvelous hike, quite strenuous in places and a tough scramble to the summit at the end. I especially liked the short break off the trail to the left halfway up, to Mt Catherine. From here you can see panoramic views of Flinders Peak & Mt Blaine, which makes summiting Blaine more interesting. Make sure you turn left at Mt Blaine Saddle to get to the summit, but off-track to the right are expansive views off the northwest face. I didn't leave early enough and was caught in the dark, which was extremely dangerous at the summit scramble.

Angus Small on 28 Jun, 2019

Nice walk that gets the heart pumping. Beautiful clear day today.

Glenn on 6 May, 2019

Shortish walk but a lot of effort. Sturdy boots required for gravelly / rocky sections. Great view of Flinders from the summit.

Jimmy H. on 10 Mar, 2019

Great little walk. Nice strenuous walk - we didn't have a lot of time so this fit into our morning perfectly. The rock scrambling was fun - glad we had our hiking boots on! Didn't see the golden orb spider someone mentioned (thank God - I've had a fear of them for 30 years when one fell on me hiking!) Didn't get to check out a lot of wildlife since we were so busy watching our feet!

Madonna Guy on 28 Sep, 2018

Walked this one second on the same day as doing Sandy Creek, not realising that they joined together if you keep going past the saddle. As others have said, it's steep going up, and rocky and slippery. We took our two kids with us and they had a blast, although the younger one needed a bit of help in some of the really steep places. Swarms of beautiful blue and black butterflies all around us in some parts of the walk. We were keen to try the summit but definitely doesn't seem suitable for children so we will have to do that another day without them.

eiscaer on 15 Apr, 2018

Walked to the saddle, a little too hot during the middle of the day.

Deb on 14 Dec, 2017

This hike leaves from the same carpark as Flinders Peak - Flinders Plum Picnic area. We went up in poor weather: rain; wind; low cloud, and had a blast. The approach is steep forest trails, then there's rocky slopes with some tangled foliage. We went up one path and came down another, but the routes both led back to the start.

Flinders Peak is still my favorite of the walks here, but Blaine is 2nd, over the Flinders Goolman trail.

Rey Leon on 14 Oct, 2017

This is a fire trail that was freshly mowed that leads to the summit trail. It wouldn't really be worth doing on its own; just as a way to access the summit trail for Mt. Blaine.

Juiced Pixels on 28 Nov, 2016

now I know what is rock scrambling!!

andre on 13 May, 2016

Harder than we expected considering the beautiful new signage at the base of Mt Blaine. The walk up to it is a little steep but an easy, wide fire road. Once you start up the mountain however it is a different story. There are very loose rocks for the most part and it is quite overgrown. (Lots of large golden orb spiders too) We followed the cairns on the way up which is possibly not the official track up but, considering the crazy descent which followed the 'official' orange tape markers, the climb was easier than the descent. The descent included a lot of very large and very loose boulders, so if you are walking with a group make sure you let each person get out of the way of potential falling boulders from the walkers behind. Once back on the Sandy Creek fire road it is an easy 2k walk back to the carpark but beware that the hike to the top and back is more difficult than you are led to believe by the maps and classification (considering it is only one class more than the fire roads!). Beautiful 360 view at the top though and the butterflies and other flying insects seem to love swarming around the top too. Not recommended for young kids. (P.S. Look for a geocache box at the top - we only found out about it after our walk and are kicking ourselves!)

Emily on 2 May, 2016

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