Anyone looking for a beautiful and moderately challenging hike it is hard to go past Toowoomba's Tabletop Mountain.
Toowoomba lies an hour an half drive west of Brisbane and worth visiting as a day trip or as a weekender. Table top mountain is just on the outskirts of Toowoomba along Tabletop Drive.
Getting to the top of the mountain is a combination of hiking, rock hopping, scrambling and a little bit of climbing. Overall it is not hard if you take it easy and don't rush, but you will want a reasonable level of fitness. Going up and back the hike takes about two and half hours.
The top of the mountain is a treeless plateau affording you beautiful 360 degree views and a great place to stop for a picnic if the weather is mild. The lack of trees might make it a little too hot in summer and in winter the wind might make it a little too cold. However on the sunny Autumn day that we did this hike it was perfect.
If you don't feel like carrying your lunch to the summit you can the hike in the morning and return to Toowoomba and enjoy the views of Tabletop mountain from Picnic Point Park. Toowoomba also has wonderful restaurants and pubs where you can enjoy country dining after hiking.