Mt Barney National Park


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.

Popular Walks


What are the standout bushwalking features?


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


1:25K Mt Lindesay topographical map


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)


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.


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9 km return
5.5 hrs

Mount May

A challenging half day circuit walk of Mount May with great views of the surrounding mountains.

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.

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.

Very Hard
5 km one-way
6 hrs

Mt Barney - East Peak - Up Logan's - Down South

The original route taken by Captain Patrick Logan & Allan Cunningham. AC actually gave up leaving Logan to climb on alone. It's the steepest, sharpest most direct route up to East Peak short of needing ropes, harnesses and belays etc. The views are spectacular. Rock scrambling experience, sound navigational skills and a good head for heights are an absolute must for this walk. NEVER climb it alone. There have been dozens of rescues off this ridge, don't be next. Extensive signage recently installed at Yellow Pinch do not mention Logan's Ridge, for good reason.

Very Hard
15 km return
10 hrs

Mt Barney - East Peak - Up South-East - Down South

Ascent of Mt Barney via South East Ridge and descent via Peasants Ridge: a challenging but rewarding hike. The views are amazing and certainly worth the effort. If coming from Brisbane leave early and aim to be at Yellow Pinch car park by 7:30-8 am. Allow 3-4 hours for the ascent via the South East Ridge track and 2-3 hours for decent via South Ridge (Peasants Ridge) track.

Very Hard
17.4 km return
10 hrs

Mt Barney East Peak - South-East Ridge up and South Ridge down

Very tough. Be prepared for plenty of rock scrambling at height and no trail markers on the summit. Long walk back to the car park from South ridge track.

9 km return
8 hrs

Mt Barney East peak south east ridge

This seems to be a duplicate of part of another walk. The information shown here is incorrect. Please refer to the Mt Barney - East Peak - Up South-East - Down South walk instead:

Starting from yellow Pinch assend the as per the signage the south east ridge track to the summit

Very Hard
16 km one-way
1 days

Mt Barney East Peak via SE Ridge, traverse North Pinnacle to Leaning Peak, descend to Barney Gorge and Lower Portals

We did this as a day walk, starting at Yellow Pinch carpark around 7AM and arriving at Lower Portals about 4PM. We were told by a professional guide we bumped into at Yellow Pinch carpark that we wouldn't be able to complete our planned route in 1 day. We completed it easily in about 9 hours and taking plenty of stops, but we're experienced hikers and you need to hold a good pace. Most people would probably prefer to break it up into a 2-day walk.

A couple things you need to know first up:
1. This route starts at Yellow Pinch Carpark but finishes at Lower Portals Carpark, so you either need to pre-arrange a way to get back to your car or you have an extra walk at the end from Lower Portals back to Yellow Pinch.
2. A rope is needed to descend a couple short sections of the couloir on the western side of Leaning Peak. This is a very steep scramble through thick grass and over a few small cliffs, so only attempt if you are comfortable with doing this, as once you pass the first cliff you're pretty much committed to continuing the descent because it's difficult to get back up.

Very Hard
10.7 km return
2 days

Mt Barney North Peak

This challenging route offers all the views normally associated with a climb up Logan's Ridge without the extremely precipitous sections. There are a few exposed sections where a rope may be handy, particularly if the rock is wet.

Very Hard
18.5 km return
12 hrs

Mt Barney via Gorge and down Peasants Ridge

A tough hike in up the Gorge mostly off track with some challenging rock scrambling. Upon reaching Barney Saddle the trek up West Peak is reasonably challenging and shouldn't be attempted unless you have a head for heights as it is quite steep and exposed in places. After returning to the saddle if time allows the return trip up East Peak is well worth tackling as the views from the summit are unbeatable on a clear day. The trip down via Peasants Ridge is relatively straight forward but does offer a couple of interesting sections. After reaching the car park at Yellow Pinch it is about 6km to the start point by road at Lower Portals Carpark. It is preferable to have organised a car shuffle so as to avoid this at the end of a long day.