There has always been a large, looming mountain nearby where I grew up, but I never knew the name of it or had made an attempt to climb it. Almost every day for 17 years of living there I would see Flinders Peak and marvel at it. After recently returning and seeing the cliffs again, I decided this would be the weekend I saw the view from the top.
- Rock Scrambling
- Multiple epic view points
- Exploring caves off track
- Sitting in a rain cloud eating a nutella sandwich
- Possible mountain camping
With a class 5 trail rating, I knew I was probably in for a hard slog with this one. Boy was I correct – the entire climb is a relentless, unforgiving uphill battle. Marked with small orange arrows on the occasional tree or rock to lead you in the right direction, the track winds up several separate ascents to incredible rocky viewpoints both north and south.
After about the third ascent and pitstop the track begins to turn into large boulder climbing, requiring sturdy footwear and both hands available. From here the track flattens out across the ridge between the two peaks (thankfully!), but then steadily turns into extensive vertical rock scrambling with a steep ascent to the peak of the mountain.
From here, there are incredible 360-degree views out to Brisbane, as well as south towards Lamington National Park. On top of the mountain were the remnants of a recent campfire with a nearby flat grassy area – perfect for pitching your tent.
For those who are rock climbers, there is a large rock column just at the base of the Flinders Peak Cliffs which is available to conquer as well as other marked rock climbing areas along the ridge. There are also several caves that can be explored off track, meaning this hike can easily turn into a full day adventure of hiking, rock climbing and cave exploring with the right equipment.
Although it wasn’t a perfectly clear day while I was up there, the light showers meant I was able to watch the clouds and rain roll across the mountains below. Sitting in a rain cloud, looking out towards Brisbane eating a Nutella sandwich was definitely a highlight of this hike and the best way to experience the mountain I had spent years living near.
- Sturdy boots
- Plenty of water
- Gloves for rock scrambling
How To Get There
The hike commences at Flinders Peak Picnic Area, 1 hour west of Brisbane. Take the Cunningham highway and exit onto Ipswich-Boonah road. Left onto Mount Flinders Road and follow the dirt track until you reach the picnic area.
- Rock Scrambling
- Possible Rock Climbing (If you have gear)
- Cave Exploring
Intermediate, good fitness and navigational skills required.
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain / Duration
7km / 649m above sea level / 4-5 hours return.
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