Make your way the the Mothar Mtn Rock Pools just south of Gympie off Noosa road, and park in the car park at the rock pools where you will see the start of the walk. Although a short walk, Mt Boulder is a challenging walk. It rises to 490mtr above sea-level and requires a good level of fitness. The last 300mtr of the assent is very steep, with a small amount hand over hand action required, but well worth the trip. Once at the top you will reach the communications tower and the view is a little obscured by trees,but you can get a few shots of the ranges just a little back down the track. The return is the way you came, so expect some nice thigh burning action on the way down. All in all a good hike. Walking poles are recommended.

Getting there

Make your way to the Mothar Mtn Rock Pools, 12klm just south of Gympie off Noosa rd.

Route/Trail notes

Starting at the Rock Pools car park follow the clearly marked trail for the Boulder Mountain hiking trail as it winds its way through the thick scrub, passing some huge trees along the way . As you hit the more open terrain it steepens.

Before long you reach reach the very ominous looking sign that reads ‘summit 300m, very steep section’, don’t let the sign mislead you though. While it is quite steep, it is very manageable with plenty of rocks and trees to help stabilize yourself with. After this it mellows out again with a short stroll to the top where you will see the summit sign and a return distance to the rock pools. Views are fairly limited at the top, however there are a few spots to pull up

 Return can be done by either backtracking down the way you came, or via the access road at the back which eventually connects back onto the main track back down to the rock pools which is approx. 10km.

Permits/Costs

No permits required.

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

Comments

Great walk when rock pools are full for a refresh at the bottom. My 5 and 7yr old completed full walk to the top and back with my husband and I.

Kate M on 24 Mar, 2019

Great walk. Last 300 m was tough

Matt Enticknap on 5 Jan, 2019

Minimal views, but nice bushland. Fairly strenuous hike to the summit. The last 300m is hard work, but not technically difficult.

Angelica on Dec, 2018

A moderately steep hike with the last 300 metres to the summit a moderately easy scramble / climb. There are some views at the summit towards gympie and to the north and some views as you approach the summit. Going at a slow pace with numerous breaks I finished the climb in 1 hr 50 mins

Troy on 30 Aug, 2018

No views at the top but a telecom tower, however it is a nice walk to the top with some rock climbing/ steep sections. Not really easy but good for people with a moderate level of fitness.

Alex+Christine on 25 Mar, 2018

Very steep but lovely walk.

Shell on May, 2016

Yeah no views. But if your in the area is a nice sustained challenge.

Pardo on 14 Sep, 2015

Yeah no views. But if your in the area is a nice sustained challenge.

Pardo on 14 Sep, 2015

If not clear , this one is not for beginners , there are a couple steep sections along the way with some loose rocks but the last 300m is quite steep and does require a level of fitness and decent footwear. Well worth the views when you get on top. yes there are 2 mobile phone towers but let that not scare you off , you can still get a nice view and pic along the edges BUT be careful. Worth it !!!

J on 14 Jun, 2014

Good hike to the top. I would avoid this walk when wet as the trail can be slippery and as others have pointed out is quite steep in sections which could be dangerous to the inexperienced.
Although the views are not great at the top there is one to the right (watch the drop).
Don't take the road back down as its around 10km hike back.

NerdTrails on 9 May, 2014

Did this walk without reading any reviews and was sorely disappointed when the view consisted off phone towers but we pushed through some underbrush and got A view. Calves were burning on the way up and the leaf litter on the ground made going down a slippery slide. Little dry for the pools but overall would go again.

Stellar on 22 Feb, 2014

A real calf burner! The angle of the track was quite steep in sections. Loose leaf matter etc made it slippery underfoot. Good exercise, terrible view (unless you like telco towers). No running water in the rock pools at the base of the mountain through this dry period, so would be lovely to visit after a good down pour.

lilmissninja on 1 Jan, 2014

Really nice walk, though the top was disappointing. The path is easy to see though we did take a wrong track at one point towards the top. It met up again with the main track though so it didn't matter. Once you hit the sign saying 300m to go, there are two steep sections, but all in all quite okay. I would agree though that it is a hard walk and you need a fairly high level of fitness.

Ian and Sue on 8 Jun, 2013

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