Have you ever wondered what the high peak on the South-Western skyline of Brisbane is? Well I can tell you that I certainly have. Almost everyday I stare out my kitchen window at this distant yet stunningly clear mountain painting the horizon. I have always wanted to climb this peak and last weekend I made it happen! If you and a friend have a day to spare then I would certainly encourage you to spend it here. Follow Ipswich Road onto the Ipswich Motorway and let road signs direct you from there.
View from the mountain of the distant Brisbane City
It is called Flinders Peak and is about an hours drive out of Brisbane city. Once you exit left from Ipswich-Boonah Road onto Mount Flinders Road the drive becomes very enjoyable. The dirt road runs along a stream full with fresh mountain springs and gently twists and winds its way through the beautiful Aussie bush. Wallabies jump from the road ahead into the safety of the scrub and if you roll down your window all you can hear is the hum of your engine and the soothing sound of birds singing to each other.
The base of the mountain has been newly renovated into an inviting picnic area beside the creek and provides information signs which include the history of the site. There is an open green grassy field surrounded by mountains where you can choose to sit under the public picnic shelter or on the grass. A water tank is close by, full of ice-cold water. When you get out of the car the trademark scent of Australia, yellow wattle and eucalyptus tree oil fills your nostrils.
There are many walking, cycling and even horse riding tracks available. The walking tracks range from class 2, which is easy, 3 and 4 are moderate and 5 is challenging. They also vary is distance, some are quite short, and some can take all day. I chose to do a class 4 track and it took me 2 and half hours to get to the very top and 1 hour and fifteen minutes on the way back down. You may wonder why someone would possibly find hiking up and down a mountain for almost 4 hours appealing but I can assure you, once you come here, this view will change. The track went from slight ascents to steep rocky climbs and through numerous flat, grassy meadows shaded by eucalyptus trees. On the steep stretches, protruding roots and fallen trees act as steps as you climb higher and higher.
You will be overwhelmed when the first ridge is reached but this is only the beginning of the magnificent views over this beautiful stretch of country. As you climb higher the view gets bigger and better. Your view changes from 45 degrees to 90 degrees until you finally reach the summit. From here, you have magnificent 360 degree views. It is absolutely breathtaking; perching on a thin ridge of rocks with steep crumbling edges either side, as you watch the gently swaying trees below. Take a few deep breathes, the air is crystal clear and chills your lungs as you breathe it in. I would honestly do this challenging climb every day of the week just for the moment when you can finally do this.