Mt Barney National Park

Summary

Mt Barney with it's two peaks (Mount Barney East at 1,351m and Mount Barney West at 1,354m) is the highest peak in Mount Barney National Park, and one of the most popular bushwalks in South-East Queensland. Other peaks in Mount Barney National Park include Mount Maroon (967m), Mt May (836m), Mt Clunie (1155m). Many of the walks in the park are rated "hard" and require some experience and route-finding skills.

The Lower and Upper Portals are also popular day-walks.

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Features

What are the standout bushwalking features?

Access

No public access. Car access via Rathdowney. Multiple Mount Barney summit routes start at Yellowpinch carpark.

Maps

1:25K Mt Lindesay topographical map

Accommodation

Mount Barney Lodge Country Retreat is close to the Park. There are multiple camping spots, both car-accessible and more remote sites (booking required and fee applies)

Camping

Camp sites must be booked and a small fee applies – you can do this on-line via the Queensland National Parks Booking Service. You’ll be able to print a Camping Tag to attach to your tent.

Other

Mount Barney summit trip report - https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/07/08/mount-barney/

Contact details

Contact details for National Park offices or similar...

Very Hard
12.4 km one-way
10 hrs

Isolated Peak and Toms Tom

This walk is mostly off track and has some very exposed and challenging descents. The views are spectacular on clear days. A rope is almost obligatory (I didn't take one but I certainly would have used it to descend from Toms Tum if I had one). I would not recommend tackling this route in wet weather as there is a lot of rock scrambling and some sections of almost vertical rock climbing (descending). I had mobile phone reception on the top of Isolated Peak and Toms Tum.

Medium
7.4 km return
3 hrs

Lower Portals

A walk through bushland to beautiful deep rock pools and small waterfalls in the Mt Barney Area

Very Hard
11 km return
9 hrs

Mount Ernest

IMPORTANT: The route to Mount Ernest from Yellow Pinch via the northeast ridge involve traversing private property. You should contact NPRSR to obtain contact details for the landowner in order to obtain permission to enter private property.

Mount Ernest lies on the opposite (northern) side of Mount Lindesay Highway from its namesake, and provides spectacular views of Mount Barney to the north. While much lower than the main peaks of Mount Barney, routes to the summit of Mount Ernest are less trodden take just as long.

Hard
6.4 km
4 hrs

Mount May

Ascend by the northern ridge from the campsite then descend via the southwest ridge, then follow the 4WD road back to the Mt May reserve. You can also incorporate both the south and north summits on the same walks. Note: the northern ridge is recommended for ascent only due to loose rocks and scree.

Hard
12 km return
8 hrs

Mowburra Peak

A slightly less travelled walk up a steep grassy ridge and then disappear into rain forest to get to a small cleared rocky slab with wonderful views out to Mt Barney.

Hard
6 km return
5 hrs

Mt Maroon

Mt Maroon is provides some of the best views in South-East Queensland, with 360 degree views ranging from Lamington NP through Mt Barney, the length of Main Range and the Moogerah Peaks.

Very Hard
10 km one-way
6 hrs

Mt. Barney - Short Leaning Ridge

The ridge from Barney waterfall leading to Leaning Peak. One of the hardest bushwalk in the area. A rope is mandatory to abseil of the peak. A rewarding climb.

Hard
8 km
3.5 hrs

Upper Portals

The only reason I'd say this walk is is because there are some steep hills which are very tiring but most of the walk is along fire trails.

Medium
3 km
1 hr

Yellowpinch Summit

From the Yellowpinch carpark walk up the hill until you reach the swinging gate that leads to the start of the National Park. At the gate immediately turn right and begin heading up the hill. follow the trail all the way to the summit where you will find great views of Mount Barney. Recommend early morning walk and watch out for cliffs at the top of the summit. Children must be supervised at the summit.

Walks in Mt Barney Summit

Very Hard
17 km return
10 hrs

Mt Barney - East Peak - South Ridge

South Ridge is the easiest track up Mt Barney (but it's NOT easy!). Sometimes referred to as Peasants' Ridge (a dig that only Peasants would take such a boring route up the mountain), South Ridge is an excellent choice for a first ascent of Barney. The track has triangular trail markers but there are still opportunities for navigational difficulties if you're inexperienced.

You MUST start early in the day. Expected time is 8-10 hours with almost 1200m of climbing from the carpark. Make sure to leave early to allow time for any mishaps and be prepared to turn back if necessary.