Table Top Loop

Toowoomba
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Table Top mountain on the edge of Toowoomba, provides views of the Lockyer Valley and surround. The climb itself can be quite demanding with a lot of large steps over the Camel's Hump and a scramble just before the summit. But the reward at the top, with a circuit all the way around, provides a spectacular vista.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
Eucalypt Forest
597m
Maximum Elevation
158m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Toowoomba follow South Street south until it becomes Tabletop Driver. Continue to follow Tabletop Driver until it turns into a dirt track. At the end of which is the entrance to the walk and areas to park.

Maps:

None found.

Route/Trail notes:

The walk starts at the base of the Camel's Hump, which is comprised of a lot of large steps. This section is quite steep for about 150m. The down section of the hump is less demanding but expect to encounter medium sized rocks to climb over. The face of Table Top is predominently large gravel which can be loose so take care. Right before the summit expect a steep scramble, it's not a difficult climb, but pick your path before you start, to save having to change direction halfway. At the summit, there is a circuit that takes you all the way around the mountain top.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/visitors-hit-heights-on-mountain/2279594/

http://www.weekendnotes.com/hiking-tabletop-mountain-toowoomba/

Comments

Hard scramble over rocks for the majority of this walk. I can see how it received the 'hard' rating. Big leg workout. We did in the middle of Winter on one of the windiest days, which was a bit off putting. If you're doing it in the Summer months, make sure you take water - only shady for first third of the walk. My fear of heights was on edge with the wind factor. I think if it wasn't so windy, I may have enjoyed it more

Tanya on 4 Jul, 2020

A short walk but it is straight up and a rock scramble for much of it. Our boys loved it! Took half an hour up and down again, around 20mins up top taking in the magical view.

Curry Bunch on 1 Jul, 2020

Quite a challenge but worth it at the end. Climbing gloves could be useful for the scramble at the top. One of the few hikes that I can say going down is as challenging as going up.

Naomi Bradley on 30 Jun, 2020

Great.

Marlaina Embling on 20 May, 2020

Good walk

Stoz on 4 May, 2020

again ticking off walks as i have just joined been hiking for a while this was a fair bit of rock hopping and the last scramble up the rocks to the top you have to be careful :) i can see how some people slip but if ya take care ya should be ok no rushing :) we did it from toowoomba side :)

vlad on 8 Mar, 2020

here's a good video of what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIc67ZINicg&t=24s

I grew up with a photo of this mountain on the back of the family toilet door, Yesterday I finally got a chance to climb it and find out why it's so special.
3 weeks ago Toowoomba, the "Garden City" was in high drought. Locals tell me that area that you are looking at was mostly orange.
Turns out the the attire or choice for climbing TableTop Mountain is either full hiking gear. backpack, water, and survival snacks (internationals) or rugby shorts and no top (locals).

In 1843 three Aboriginal tribes, Jagera, Yuggera and Uragapul suffered massive losses here with a battle against the Europeans. It became known as the Battle of One Tree Hill (as the mountain was known then).
HIstory tells us that After a mass poisoning at Kilcoy Homestead, aboriginal leader Multuggera led an ambush on squatters taking supplies across from Moreton Bay, at One Tree Hill.
The squatters organised a revenge party and the aborigines retreated up the mountain. They escaped into the Lockyer Valley but were later tracked down and killed by the military.
In 2010, the National Library of Australia acquired a sketch by local Thomas John Domville Taylor for $120,000 which is believed to be an eyewitness account of the aftermath of the battle. This made it one of less than ten visual eyewitness accounts of attacks by European settlers on indigenous people.

Daryl Keeley on 17 Feb, 2020

Possibly not the best one to do if you are prone to spraining your ankle, lots of rock hopping, walking on loose rocks, climbing up rock faces. Very enjoyable little hike with a lot of variety and a nice view at the top. Track is very easy to follow, would have a hard time getting lost.

Vonsnrub on 18 Dec, 2019

Mooi, cactussen

Kristina on 4 Aug, 2019

Great climb/scramble. Took my kids up - aged 8, 10 and 14. They loved it. Best to keep an eye on them and take water and first aid (just in case).
Suck a great walk though.

Janielle Pyne on 3 Jul, 2019

Nice quick little scramble! A lot of sharp edgy rocks so make sure you wear shoes with thick soles. Took us about an hour up and down with a little rest at the top.

Jessica Sellinger on 17 Jun, 2019

Took about 35 mins to get to the top. Nice short hike for beginners with little bit of scrambling and rock hopping + 360 degree views.

Celine on 22 May, 2019

Excellent walk, completed this morning on my own. Great views

Jodie Woodward on 20 Apr, 2019

Quite challenging getting to the top; a bit of rock scrambling; nice views from the top

Jason on 14 Apr, 2019

My 7yo and I completed Tabletop this morning, beautiful views at the top. It was quite popular with the lovely weather. My little one was a trooper!

Angelique on 13 Apr, 2019

3rd time climbed. 2nd time for sunrise. Honestly I think sunrise up here is the best way to go. Besides the 360° views and colours, it's much cooler and I find climbing or scrambling up the last section, by headlamp was less daunting. I know some run up and down this, but if it's your 1st time up, take care, especially on the middle section where there is loose, sliding rocks.

rainbowshlee on 25 Mar, 2019

A challenging but fun walk. If you're not reasonably fit you might find it difficult as it is quite steep in places. Well worth the effort though for the magnificent views. Keep an eye out for snakes as a good sized brown snake crossed the path just ahead of me while I was completing the circuit at the top.

Lone Ranger on 5 Dec, 2018

A challenging hike for my husband and I (relatively inexperienced when it comes to climbing mountains, although we regularly do bushwalks with flatter terrain). The views from the top made it worth while, and there was enough wind to fly a kite.
The initial section of the walk was steep and difficult clambering up the large rocks. We set out at 10am, but it was already quite hot and the lack of breeze made the climb over the Camel hump quite a struggle. Once we got to the main section of the climb, the breeze was amazing. The rest of the climb was slightly less of a challenge, although the rocks were smaller than at the start of the walk so it was slightly easier going - having said that, the smaller rocks were loose and if you're not confident on your feet it can get a little slippery in spots.
360 degree views at the top made the climb worthwhile, and we were able to have a bite to eat before heading down. No shade up top however, so make sure you take the sunscreen.
It was certainly an amazing feeling having completed this climb, and we've made it our goal to go again.

Sarah on 29 Sep, 2018

A great climb and seemed very popular with all ages. I would recommend good footwear as the rocky tracks can get loose under foot. Absolutely beautiful views to the Lockyer valley below

Juanita on 5 Aug, 2018

My first rock scramble; it was a little intimidating. Some areas are not so clear as the best path to take up the rocks, but the way down is clearer as you can view the more used rocks. Graveled section was a little loose on the way down.

CassyN on 28 May, 2018

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