If you are looking for a day-trip hike from Brisbane that has great views, is not monotonous and will require a fair amount of efforts then Flinders Peak could be a great option! At 679 m above sea level, it is the highest peak of Brisbane’s South-Western skyline, in the Ipswich/Logan area.
There are a few hikes in the Flinders – Goolman Conservation estate. We previously did the Goolman Lookout via Rocky Knoll (7.4km return – 3h according to the brochure, but it took us just under 1.5h) and we hadn’t been impressed at all. A good exercise, but that was it.
The Flinders Peak was a recommendation from a colleague so I had higher expectations for this one. And I am happy to report it met my expectations!Download the Trail of Ipswich Brochure
The brochure from the park advises allowing a full day for the hike (6 hours walk). It is 6km long and rated as Class 5 – Difficult. Regarding the difficulty, we found it equivalent to the Mount Maroon hike. It took us 1h45 to reach the peak and 2h to go down, with an injured knee. We all found the hike was good fun: we had to scramble in the rocks and on the cliff edges, we could enjoy great views all along the way, and it was just challenging enough without being scary or too hard!
This hike is not popular at all, and we only saw three other guys at the top, who didn’t stay long. One came from another route that is not on our map (if you know anything about it, please leave me a comment, I’m curious!). It was very nice to be by ourselves on a track that was not too hard to follow but still very wild. Be prepared to receive leaves in the face! Although the path has a lot of shade, I wouldn’t recommend doing this hike in summer: we were hot enough doing it at the end of March!
The summit was a bit disappointing as it is hosting a big telecommunication building. If you manage to ignore it, the views are still enjoyable. On a clear day, Brisbane City can be seen on the horizon. We had a great picnic and coffee break up there.
They say you could encounter brush-tailed rock wallabies, peregrine falcons and wedge-tailed eagles. The only wildlife we saw was a surprisingly significant amount of caterpillars and usual big spiders.
Have you hiked to Flinders Peak? What did you think of it? Or would you have other peaks or mounts to recommend hiking near Brisbane? Leave a comment below!
Where is Flinders Peak?
Flinders Peak is an easy 1-hour drive from Brisbane, just near Ipswitch.
Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.