Mount Barney National Park

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Mount Barney National Park, Ian Beattie / Auscape International

Introduction

As one of the state’s largest areas of pristine vegetation, World Heritage-listed Mount Barney National Park on the Queensland–New South Wales border is a mecca for experienced bushwalkers and climbers. Out of this rugged wilderness rise seven peaks, of which Mount Barney is the highest.

There is a variety of vegetation, from open eucalypt woodlands to subtropical rainforest and montane heath. Antarctic beech and simple fern forest grow on Mount Ballow. Creeks lined with river she-oaks, red-flowering bottlebrushes and golden silky oaks provide a habitat for platypuses. Other wildlife to watch out for includes the brush-tailed rock-wallaby and vulnerable marbled frogmouth. Rare plant species include the endangered Maroon wattle, mallee ash and Mount Barney bush pea.

There are three marked trails at the base of Mount Barney: Lower Portals Track (7.4 km return, 3 hours), Upper Portals Track (8 km return, 3 hours) and Cronan Creek Track (13 km return, 5 hours). The long, steep climb on unformed trails leading to the summit of Mount Barney (8–10 hours return) should only be attempted by very fit walkers. Mount Maroon is popular for rock-climbing.

The Yellow Pinch picnic area at the base of Mount Barney provides toilets, barbecues and tables. There are a number of designated bush camping areas, some of them accessible only with rangers' permission. No facilities are provided at these sites, so campers must be self-reliant, bringing all supplies and water with them. It is essential to book in advance. There are several privately run B&Bs, lodges and cabins in the Mount Barney area. Hotels, motels, B&Bs and caravan parks are located at Boonah and Rathdowney.

Fact file

Camping

Bush camping areas; some accessible only with ranger permission; permit and fees apply

Location and access

117 km south-west of Brisbane via Mt Lindesay Hwy and Boonah–Rathdowney Rd

Park information

NPRSR 13 7468

Size

13 360 ha

Visitor information

Boonah (07) 5463 2233

Rathdowney (07) 5544 1222

Campsites

Barney Gorge Junction camping area (walk-in camping)

This basic bush camping area, as its name might suggest, is located in tall eucalypt forest at the junction of Mt Barney Creek and Barney Gorge. There are no facilities and fires are prohibited, so bring all... Find out more


Bush camping areas (walk-in camping)

Experienced hikers looking for additional challenges can camp in 10 designated bush camping zones in the remotest areas of Mt Barney National Park. Hikers are required to obtain permits and discuss their itinerary... Find out more


Cleared Ridge camping area (walk-in camping)

This campsite is located at the top of a ridge on a fire trail, and is a 1.5 hr walk from the carpark of the same name on Waterfall Creek Rd (4WD access only). There are no facilities and fires are prohibited, so bring... Find out more


Cronan Creek Site 9 camping area (walk-in camping)

This campsite is reached by a 50 min walk from the Yellow Pinch Reserve day-use area on the east side of the national park, and consists of a clearing in the open eucalypt forest near the upper reaches of the Logan... Find out more


Cronan Creek Site 10 camping area (walk-in camping)

A 10 min walk from Cronan Creek Site 9, this camping area is accessed from the Yellow Pinch Reserve on Upper Logan Rd. There are no facilities and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient gear, including... Find out more


Hoop Pines camping area (walk-in camping)

This camping area offers room for a relatively large number of campers (30 people), and is accessed via a 1 hr downhill walk from the Cleared Ridge carpark on Waterfall Creek Rd (4WD only). There are no facilities and... Find out more


Lower Portals camping area (walk-in camping)

This campsite near Mt Barney Creek is accessed via a 3.7 km walk from the carpark of the same name off Upper Logan Rd. There are no facilities and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient gear, including... Find out more


Mount May Saddle camping area (walk-in camping)

Thrillseekers will revel in the challenge of accessing this campsite in the ‘saddle’ between the north and south peaks of Mt May (836 m). Access is via a steep climb including rock scrambles off Waterfall... Find out more


Old Hut Site camping area (walk-in camping)

This small campsite is located beside a small patch of remnant rainforest in the ‘saddle’ between the east and west peaks of Mt Barney. It is a 4–5 hr challenging hike (including exposed rock climbs)... Find out more


Paddys Plain camping area (walk-in camping)

This relatively large campsite (30 people) is located in open eucalypt forest near Paddys Gully, between Mt Maroon and Mt May. Contact QPWS Boonah for access instructions. There are no facilities and fires are... Find out more


Rum Jungle camping area (walk-in camping)

Like Old Hut Site camping area, this campsite is located in the ‘saddle’ between the east and west peaks of Mt Barney, and is surrounded by remnant rainforest. It is a 4–5 hr challenging hike (including... Find out more


Skull Camp camping area (walk-in camping)

This relatively large campsite (30 people) is located in open eucalypt forest south of Mt Maroon. Contact QPWS Boonah for access instructions. There are no facilities and fires are prohibited, so bring all... Find out more


Yamahra Creek camping area (walk-in camping)

This campsite is a moderate 1.5 hr downhill walk from the Cleared Ridge carpark on Waterfall Creek Rd (4WD access only). There are no facilities and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient gear, including... Find out more


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