Rangeville - Table Top Mountain Bushland Reserve

Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 13:59

Address: Table Top Drive, Rangeville QLD

Table Top Mountain Bushland Reserve is a park of volcanic origin located at the most eastern side of the city of Toowoomba.

Table Top is an area of high significance to the Traditional Owners, recognised in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register and protected under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003. You are respectfully requested to consider your decision to climb this mountain.

Please note: The route to the summit is not maintained and could result in potential safety concerns. Caution needs to be taken during this walk. 

How to get there: There are two ways to reach Table Top Mountain once in Toowoomba.

1. Stevenson Street dirt carpark: Drive east along South Street. After it changes name onto Table Top Drive you will be driving downhill on a winding section. As soon as you finish the descent, look for a dirt carpark on your left-hand side where you can leave your car. This entrance takes you to the Stevenson Street Trail and to the Road Reserve Trail before reaching the base of the mountain. This access is a safer alternative to the mountain rather than following the busy gravel road of Table Top Drive. It also provides a better view of the mountain that you can never get from the road or from the mountain itself.

2. Base of the mountain dirt carpark: Drive along South Street, which turns into Table Top Drive. The bitumen road will turn into a narrow gravel road (this section is not suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles in wet conditions). Drive to the end of the gravel road and park at the base of the mountain. This entrance takes you to the Table Top Mountain Walk.

Facilities: None

Road Reserve Trail

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding                  

Classification: Bushwalking (Grade 3), mountain biking (Intermediate), horse riding (Class 2 intermediate)

Distance: 2,825m one way        

Walking time: 120 minutes

Description: This trail starts at the end of Stevenson Street Trail, where you will find a white metal gate. The trail runs on an unformed road that follows the boundary between Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.

The Road Reserve Trail gives you the opportunity to take in amazing views of different angles of Table Top Mountain, which has two humps with a saddle in the middle. This trail provides views of the mountain that cannot be seen from anywhere else in Toowoomba. The trail finishes at the base of Table Top Mountain Bushland Reserve which is the start of Table Top Walk. Being a road reserve, this trail is ideal for walking with dogs on leash.

Stevenson Street Trail

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding                

Classification: Bushwalking (Grade 3), mountain biking (Easy), horse riding (Class 1 easy)

Distance: 455m one way        

Walking time: 20 minutes

Description: This trail starts at the dirt carpark off Table Top Drive and runs parallel to the south-eastern side of the Picnic Point bridle trail. It reaches a white metal gate that leads to the Road Reserve Trail. The trail is surrounded by eucalyptus (sclerophyll) forest which provides habitat to an abundance of wildlife. Being on a road reserve, this trail is ideal for walking with dogs on leash.

The Stevenson Street Trail can also be accessed from the Bridle Trail and Fantail Walk.

Table Top Mountain Walk

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 5

Distance: 1,960m return

Walking time: 140 minutes

Description: The walk starts at the base of the first hill which is comprised of a lot of large stone steps. This section is quite steep for about 150m. The down section of the first hill is less demanding, but you have to climb over medium sized rocks. The face of Table Top is mostly large loose gravel and exposed rocks towards the summit. There is a circuit at the summit of the mountain circuit that takes you all the way around the mountain top showing off an exceptional view.

Table Top Mountain rises 700m above sea level. The mountain is renowned for its flat peak on which, for some unknown reason, no trees grow. Table Top Park is one of the smaller escarpment parks, but it’s definitely one of the most popular.

Useful link:

Table Top Mountain Bushland Reserve walking trail map

Features

Walking
Bush walking

Map