Mt Barney Summit


Mt Barney is often viewed as the pinnacle of bushwalking in South-East Queensland. There are so many different ways to ascend the mountain that we've decided to dedicate an entire region with Mt Barney National Park to just this mountain.

However, as the signs will warn you, there is NO easy way up Mt Barney. Mt Barney is a very difficult climb and should not be attempted without substantial bushwalking, scrambling and navigation experience. Any climb must start early in the morning and make sure to follow the warnings and guidelines provided by the National Park authorities. There have been numerous rescues and deaths on this mountain. Make sure you do everything you can to not add to the tally. It is highly recommended you do your first walks with others who have already climbed Mt Barney.

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The aboriginal people of the Mt Barney area avoided climbing Mt Barney. They named the peak Bugera-Bugera or Baga-Baga, meaning "keep away". Later European surveyors assigned the Aboriginal names of Booarydin and Yahndaddan to the two peaks of Mt Barney.

Mt Barney was named after a colonial engineer, George Barney, by Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell. This was a name change from the original Mt Lindesay assigned by explorer Allan Cunningham. The Mt Lindesay moniker was assigned to another nearby mountain that features prominantly in the view from Mt Barney.

The first European ascent of Mt Barney was made by Patrick Logan via Logan's Ridge in 1828. The expedition included Charles Fraser and Allan Cunningham, but only Logan reached the peak. He had previously attempted to climb the mountain in 1827. Interestingly, Logan mistakenly believed the mountain was Mt Warning as described by Captain James Cook in 1770. It wasn't until they spied Mt Warning during the climb that Logan accepted his was wrong.

A hut was first built in the saddle between the East and West Peaks of Mt Barney between 1954 and 1959 by members of the University of Queensland Bushwalking and Brisbane Bushwalkers clubs. Over the years three huts were built on the same location however all that remains is a cleared area which may now be used as a camping ground.


TODO: Talk about the various routes and peaks on the mountain.


Topographical maps can be generated from the government's QTopo website:


There are multiple National Park campsites in Mt Barney National Park, however they are all "remote" campsites and require walking to reach.

The closest private campground to the mountain is Mt Barney Lodge. They may also be able to assist with guided walks up Mt Barney. Other nearby private campgrounds include Bigriggen and Flanagan Reserve.

Contact details

National Park Website -

Walks in Mt Barney Summit

2 km return
90 mins

Mt Barney West Peak from Rum Jungle

A walk to the actual summit of Mt Barney (West Peak is higher than East Peak). It's got views, not as crowded as East Peak, and quicker to get to from Rum Jungle.