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Ok, the plan was to get up early for Alex to run over to Flinders Peak picnic area and then hike up the mountain.  But the bed was too warm and the coffee too enjoyable at Hardings Paddock Camping area.

We both ended up driving to the picnic area (only 20 mins drive from Hardings Paddock) and headed off up the hill at around 11am. We could see the peak from the bottom and it didn't seem too much of an elevation.  Sometimes views can be deceptive.

The initial track started with an easy gradient up a well trodden path through some semi open grass land.  Alex was chomping at the bit wondering whether the Flinders Peak track is a Strava section, but soon settled down to enjoy the hike and surroundings.

The track turned into a single track with a pretty good gradient.  The landscape changed to nice wooded forest and we scrambled up some rocky sections.

Views were just stunning and at about half way up, on a nice exposed rocky section, we could even see the Brisbane skyline.  We were amazed how much elevation we gained.  Although it was a nice winters day we worked up a pretty good sweat.

We met several groups ranging from the older generation to kids enjoying the hike to the top, making this an awesome experience for everyone.

The last section to the top is an interesting scramble and lots of fun.  Like with most of the mountains in the area, this one certainly doesn't disappoint with its stunning views.  It took us about 1.5 hours to get to the top where we had a nice lunch and well deserved coffee for Alex.

The scramble down was as much fun as going up, with a lot of rear end action.  If we keep on doing these peaks we may have to invest in some padding.

When we got down to the bottom our legs felt in need of a rest. The picnic area at the base of Flinders Peak was a peaceful and pretty place to relax before it was time to head back home to the daily grind.

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