Location: Drummond Range, Central Queensland
Article: Written by Michael Pugh; Imagery by Michael Pugh
Mount Tabletop is located on private property in the Drummond Range, west of the Theresa Hut Nature Refuge which supports two regional ecosystem types, mixed eucalypt woodland and fringing blue gum and river she-oak woodland. The reserve is also home to a colony of the vulnerable brush-tailed rock wallabies (Petrogale penicillata)
The summit of Mount Tabletop stands at 835 metres above sea level.
Hiking this isolated and rugged peak was a unique experience. The mountain is home to some of the largest Cycads (Macrozamia moorei) we have witnessed across Queensland.
We discovered water in the headwaters of Theresa creek to the north west of the summit at arguably the driest time of the year. There were pools of water deep enough to swim in and surprisingly quite clear.
The deep, rocky creekbeds at the base of the mountain provide some relief from the heat and there are beautiful patches of maidenhair ferns (Adiantum) growing in cracks among the rock.
The summit is heavily vegetated, however offers some partial views of the surrounding range. It was obvious that the immediate area surrounding the summit had not burnt in many seasons.
How to get there
Access to this hike is via private property with permission of the relevant landowners. As such, we cannot provide directions