Sometimes the best adventures are right under your nose. Scott and I have driven past Flinders Peak for years, admiring the dominant peak with its dramatic cliffs until we finally decided to schedule it in as our next family adventure.
What to bring
– Allow 3-6 hours
– Take plenty of water and snacks
– Hiking boots or trail running shoes are recommended
– Pack your lollies for the summit
Once retrieved and safely in our day pack, we were off.
The hike itself
Continuing on, the track is easy to follow, steep in sections and sometimes loose and rocky underfoot. As we gained altitude, we progressed through a variety of landscapes and each time I looked up there seemed to be something new to look at in the vista. This makes the hike really interesting and is a nice reward for all the calories being burnt.
One section of the hike had a ton of big boulders that looked like they have been dumped along the ridge. Boulder-hopping along these, the boys were in their element with their agile feet, they were having a ball. Before we reached the summit, the track drops down into a col and we worked our way around to the southern side below the peak. As soon as we stepped into the shadows, we could feel the temperature drop and feel the moisture in the air around us.
Here there’s a short section of more serious rock scrambling and climbing, where the boys once again put us to shame with the youthful enthusiasm and natural climbing ability that kids seem to have. Cadel says this was his favourite part of the hike. Up onto the top and – wowsers – the views made it all worth the effort! Photo time! The views are 360 and gave us a different perspective of this amazing part of the world that we call home.