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Published October 12th 2021
Rugged hike on an ancient volcano
Goolman Conservation Estate protects extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks, including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman. The area is of paramount importance to support wildlife including a diverse range of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
The hike starts at Flinders Plum, at the end of Mount Flinders Road. Photo by Author.
The hike to Flinders Peak starts at Flinders Plum. The hike is classified hard due to the increasingly challenging steepness, rough surfaces, cliff edges, limited signage and no water source. The hike is to be undertaken by well equipped, fit and experienced hikers. The trail is about 7 km return, allow about five hours and time to spend on the top to admire the views and to have morning tea. Flinders Peak is in the Teviot Range and stands at 679 m tall above sea level.
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More climbing Flinders Peak. Photo by Author.
Along the trail, you can see big prickly pears. In the past, the prickly pears invaded rapidly large estates of pastures and natural areas and did not allow any other plants to live. Biological control on the prickly pear began in 1912, releasing eighteen insects and one mite in Queensland. Today eight insects and one mite remain in Queensland to prevent the propagation of the prickly pear, including the moth
Thomisus spectabilis, also known as a Australian crab spider, is an ambush predator, eating primarily insects, which they capture ambushing them. The egg sacs are laid in a folded leaf. Australian crab spiders do not build webs, they capture their prey by hiding and then ambushing the insects.
Australian crab spider. The legs are almost translucent. Photo by Author.
Pouteria eervah is also known as Black Plum, Flinders Plum or Wild Apple. The tree can range from 4 m high to a forest emergent of 40 m high.
Young branchlets are greyish and hairy and exude a milky latex when cut. Leaves are egg-shaped, leathery and hairless with raised venation on both surfaces. The fruits are firm-fleshed, spherical, 3-6 cm long, red purple to black and contain three to five seeds.
Flowers and fruits occur throughout the year with peak flowering from August to January. Aboriginal clan groups that travelled through the area utilised the resources provided by these trees and many have played a part in the species distribution as many plants are found along known travelling routes.
Informative sign at the picnic area. Photo by Author.
Over the last years, I have hiked Flinders Peak a few times. This peak is always different according to the seasons and the weather. Despite being a hard hike, Flinders Peak keeps interesting me with its rugged beauty and the different flora and fauna. Generally, I spend time on the top drinking in the great 360 degree views and taking photos. Many hikers like to sit on the helipad and have morning tea and also spend time on the top to admire the views.
After the hike, it is possible to have a barbeque at the Flinders Plum picnic area or drive to the nearby suburb of Yamanto and find a nice coffee shop. Last time we drove to Zaraffa, in Yamanto Village Square, 428 Warwick Rd, Yamanto QLD 4305.
From Brisbane travel on the Centenary Hwy, Ipswich Motorway, Cunningham Hwy. Turn left on Ipswich Boonah Road. Turn left onto Mount Flinders Road and drive until the end of the road to Flinders Plum Picnic Area and carpark. Mount Flinders Road is a dirt road, suitable for conventional vehicles. From Brisbane, it takes about one hour, 64.5 km drive.
What to bring
Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, very recommended hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, insect repellent (it works for leeches; give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), hat, sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them; socks protectors or gaiters.
For this hike consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 3.0 litres of water and snacks. During summer you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!
I was looking at your photos Cris and wondering how you found your way along that track until I came to your comment about the orange triangles. You are an adventurous bunch but what wonderful things you get to see for your efforts. I do love reading your hiking articles.