I've revised the description and left the original below.

From the border gate the route follows the western ridge before traversing the mountain's southern slopes. Once you reach the eastern ridge, look for the ascent point for the lower cliff-line, very close to the ridge crest. The climb starts with a steep chimney to a tree, which can be used as an anchor for this lower pitch if needed, then briefly traverses right before climbing straight up a very shallow gully to a ramp trending leftwards. Casuarina needles make this section slippery. The route is easy to follow from here but the upper cliff-line, while short, contains a slightly overhanging move and some climbers will require aid to ascend. It is far easier to abseil down the upper cliff-line, and safer to use a rope for all exposed sections. Rope doubled-over slings around trees, with separate sling retrieval line should work OK for descent, though the lead climber would need to be able to ascend without protection and the lower cliffs would be 2 pitches long. There were no views from the summit when I climbed this in early 2000s

This walk starts near the border gate and eventually becomes very steep on a relatively poorly defined path. It's possible to go nearly all the way to the top without a rope.

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Mount Lindesay


C.M.A. of N.S.W.

Route/Trail notes

The Bushwalker's Guide to South East Qld by M.Hammond ; T.Young

published by the Brisbane B.W. Club

Ed3 1973


Bushpeople's Guide to

Bushwalking in S.E. Qld



Mt. Lindesay-tourist route



The Mount Barney Guide



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Certainly more than a bushwalk.. The bushfire has left a lot of the 'rappel anchor' trees quite weak. Rock on the upper cliff was fairly loose and protecting this with gear was almost pointless. Climbed lower cliffs with 3 pitches to manage rope drag and free climbed the upper cliff. A few slings and nuts made this a lot safer than free climbing bottom to top. Great adventure for sure.

jonl on 20 Jun, 2021

Wasn't able to quite make it the last little section due to the lack of a rope. Much of the walk was very steep with a poorly defined path after the initial walk along the fence from near the border gate.

peter10001 on Jul, 2009

We did this walk/climb around 15 years ago. Our main man was an experienced climber and brought ropes and harnesses for parts of the ascent and descent. Not too difficult to navigate, had some difficulties finding the starting point however we didn’t go all the way to the border fence first as advised. While not too difficult a trek, the exposed nature of some parts makes ropes highly advisable. The toughest part was the very last bit getting up onto the final ledge, while only about 10-12 feet up, it sticks out quite a bit making scrambling up tricky. Some views to the west of Mt Barney at the summit though thick foliage. Also there was a visitor book to sign.

Tim on 11 Aug, 2005

The first band of cliffs was relatively easy, although the exact ascent point was a little hard to find at first. However there was a large amount of casuarina needles on the upper section which made descent much more dicey. The second set of cliffs was akward and some of our party needed rope assistance and to abseil down them.

Michael on 2005


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