Mount Barney National Park
Rugged mountain peaks rise above rainforests in this wild, beautiful, World Heritage listed park, popular with bushwalkers and home to many rare and special plant species and communities.
Getting there and getting around
From Brisbane via Rathdowney
Follow the Mt Lindesay Highway through Beaudesert to Rathdowney. One kilometre after Rathdowney, turn right on to the Boonah-Rathdowney Road and travel 8km to the Barney View-Upper Logan Road turnoff. After turning left, follow the signs to either Lower Portals or Yellow Pinch.
The distinctive peaks of Mount Barney, Mt Maroon, Mt May, Mt Lindesay, Mt Ernest, Mt Ballow and Mt Clunie make up Mount Barney National Park. These rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago. Mount Barney is the second highest peak in south-east Queensland.
The park has extremely varied vegetation with open forests around the foothills of the peaks, subtropical rainforest above 600m, montane heath shrublands towards the summit of the peaks, cool temperate rainforest on the summit of Mt Ballow, and mallee eucalypt shrublands on Mt Maroon.
Many rare and unusual plant species grow in the park including the endangered Maroon wattle Acacia saxicola, the rare mallee ash Eucalyptus codonocarpa, Mount Barney bush pea Pultanaea whiteana and Eucalyptus michaeliana.
Car-based camping is not available within the park but is permitted nearby at Mt May Reserve (no facilities) and at three privately run campgrounds just outside the park. The private campgrounds have toilets, showers and barbecues. Mount Barney Lodge campground is near Yellow Pinch Reserve. Bigriggen and Flanagans Reserves are closer to the Boonah-Rathdowney Road.
Walk-in bush camping is permitted at several sites in the park. There are no facilities at any of these sites. To reduce environmental impacts, there are limits on the number of people who may camp at each campsite. These limits may change as a result of ongoing research and monitoring. Campsites may be closed from time to time to allow for regeneration or during periods of high fire danger.
To camp at the Lower Portals site, you will need to purchase a camping permit well in advance; it is recommended that you book 6 to 8 weeks in advance for public holidays. To camp at all other locations in the national park, it is essential to purchase a camping permit 3 to 6 weeks in advance. Fees apply.
Around the base of Mount Barney
Lower Portals — 7.4km return (Allow about 3 hours walking time)
This track leaves from the Lower Portals car park and goes to the Lower Portals, a beautiful pool along a gorge on Mount Barney Creek. This walk has moderate to steep gradients.
Cronan Creek — 13km return (Allow about 5 hours walking time)
From Yellow Pinch car park, a pleasant walk along the fire trail leads you past the base of South Ridge into cool green rainforest. (Note: The climb up South Ridge is rugged and steep and for experienced walkers only).
Upper Portals — 8km return (Allow about 3 hours walking time)
The Upper Portals track leads from the Cleared Ridge carpark to the Upper Portals. This walk has some steep gradients. Access to Cleared Ridge requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The drive takes about 45 minutes from the Lower Portals/Yellow Pinch area.
Mount Barney peaks
The unmarked or barely marked trails to the peaks of Mount Barney require bushwalking experience and navigational skills. The climb up Mount Barney via South Ridge is arduous and should only be undertaken by very fit, experienced bushwalkers. Other peaks and routes up Mount Barney require a very high level of fitness, experience and navigational skills. All walks take at least 7 hours and should not be attempted late in the day.
Mt Maroon summit
Cotswold track — 6km return (Allow about 8 hours walking time)
In spring this summit provides spectacular wildflower displays set against the craggy peaks of the Scenic Rim. Allow a full day to safely reach the summit and return to your vehicle.
Picnic and day use areas
There are picnic tables, toilets, barbecues and information displays at Yellow Pinch at the base of Mount Barney.
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