Upper Portals

Mt Barney National Park

The walk is not hard if you follow the trails. A 4WD or at the very least a high clearance vehicle is required to make it up the road. It is rough going in 1st gear with a few extended steep/rough stretches. The drive is harder than the walk.


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.

Getting There

1.From Rathdowney head south-west on Mount Lindesay Hwy towards Boonah.
2.Take the 1st right on to Boonah Rathdowney Rd
3.Then the third left onto Newmans Rd
4.Left again on Waterfall creek Rd

5.Follow it until you reach Mt May campground. If you're in a 4wd continue uphill to the information kiosk and carpark.

*If you don't have a 4wd you can walk from here but expect a pretty steep hike for 1.5hrs or more; around 4km. Don't expect any signs to tell you you're still heading in the right direction either. You will pass through 3 or 4 gates on your way up. If you are walking the 4x4 track bring plenty of sun protection too as alot of patches are in direct sun.


SUNMAP 1:25000 Mt Lindesay

Route/Trail notes:

The walk is mostly fire trail until you reach Yamahra creek, there you cross the creek and follow the footpad for a couple hundred meters ther you'll find the upper section of the portals, cross the creek again and you'll see a track that leads up the hill, follow it up and along to get to the lower section of the Upper portals.


there are three remote campsites here fees apply see https://www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks/iaparks/gds/IAGDS050.jsp?quickParkId=8

Other References

Take a walk in south east Queensland is a handy book. if you want to see pictures you can go to www.weekendoutdoors.net


Commenced the walk from Mt May camping area so this meant being tortured by lugging our packs all the way up the 4x track to the Cleared Ridge car park, from here we made our way to Cleared Ridge where we layer on the green grass in the afternoon sun taking in views of Mt May and Mt Maroon then making out way down to Yamahra Creek camp site where we spent the night, explored the upper portals and further down stream by finding the by pass track so we didn't have to get our feet wet, next time we will do the walk through to lower portals... the return trip went back the way that road was hard on the knees and slippery under feet while having a full pack on your back...must of slid at least a dozen times..lol....and slipped over once...but after saying that was a incredibly rewarding experience.. :-)

Walkinghawk on 8 Jun, 2014

Nice walk along fire trails, not too exciting, plenty of creek crossings so be careful after rain. The first 1.5 km (or last on the way out) is quite steep. Bit of a bugger on the old thighs. Nice to see, not sure if i'll do it again unless I stay at one of the campsites.

Homely Beast on 16 Jun, 2013

Completed this walk twice now. Access road is very steep. Note waterfall right at the ottom of the access road (opposite camping area). Walk down to first creek crossing is very, very steep... massive thigh burner!

mick on Sep, 2011

Great walk. Easy to navigate. Places to cool off along the way.

ggoodey on 10 Mar, 2011


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