I wrote this article as a submission for We Are Explorers - you can find it on their website here.
There has always been a large, looming mountain nearby where I grew up, but I never knew the name of it or had made an attempt to climb it. Almost every day for 17 years of living there I would see Flinders Peak and marvel at it. After recently returning and seeing the cliffs again, I decided this would be the weekend I saw the view from the top.
With a class 5 trail rating, I knew I was probably in for a hard slog. Boy was I correct – the entire climb is a relentless, unforgiving uphill battle. Marked with small orange arrows on the occasional tree or rock to lead you in the right direction, the track winds up several separate ascents to incredible rocky viewpoints both north and south.
After about the third ascent and pitstop the track begins to turn into large boulder climbing, requiring sturdy footwear and both hands available. From here the track flattens out across the ridge between the two peaks (thankfully!), but then steadily turns into extensive vertical rock scrambling with a steep ascent to the peak of the mountain.
From here, there are incredible 360 degree views out to Brisbane, as well as south towards Lamington National Park. On top of the mountain were the remnants of a recent camp fire with a nearby flat grassy area – perfect for pitching your tent.
For those who are rock climbers, there is a large rock column just at the base of the Flinders Peak Cliffs which is available to conquer as well as other marked rock climbing areas along the ridge. There are also several caves that can be explored off track, meaning this hike can easily turn into a full day adventure of hiking, rock climbing and cave exploring with the right equipment.
Although it wasn’t a perfectly clear day while I was up there, the light showers meant I was able to watch the clouds and rain roll across the mountains below. Sitting in a rain cloud, looking out towards Brisbane eating a Nutella sandwich was definitely a highlight of this hike and the best way to experience the mountain I had spent years living near.