With its stunning views and rugged scenery, Flinders Peak is a beautiful formation about a 50-minute drive out of Brisbane and just a stone’s throw from Ipswich.
With over 2,000 hectares in the area, it’s connected to the Flinders Gillman area through to Hardings Paddock and White Rock Conservation Estate — all areas of natural beauty in their own right.
Flinders may be pretty, but don’t let that deceive you. It’s a tough 7-km return hike – that’s a grade 5 track – the highest of all difficulty ratings. Starting at the Flinders Plum recreation area, straight out of the car park – it’s a leg-burner. Oh, and it’s over 500 metres of vertical climb!
Josh Kerr, from Discover Ipswich, knows the area well. Having completed the hike well over 50 times, he’s got a love for this bush.
“Absolutely gorgeous,” he told us. “This is all volcanic area. It was formed over a three-million-year period about 26 million years ago. So very ancient land. It’s stunning.”
For experienced walkers, it’ll take about an hour-and-a-half to the summit, where you’re greeted with views of the Scenic Rim and Amberly RAAF Base. On a good day, you’ll be able to scout out the high-rises of Brisbane CBD.