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Australia - Queensland
MT BARNEY NATIONAL PARK

 

 

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INTRODUCTION:

Mount Barney National Park is made of large areas of wilderness included in the World Heritage Area: Central Eastern Rainforests Reserves (Australia). The national park is about 120km west of Brisbane via the Mt Lindesay Highway and Mt Barney Road on the NSW/Qld border. The park is accessible via a network of local roads including Barney View Road, Mt Barney Road, Upper Logan Road and Sidenspinner Road. Most of these roads are accessible to 2WD vehicles.

Several impressive mountains make up the bulk of the park including Mt Barney (which is the second highest mountain in southeast Queensland), Mt Maroon and Mt May. There are areas of open forest, rainforest and other varying forms of vegetation types.

The national park is home to many endangered plant species, animals and birds, with populations of various Kangaroos and Wallabies, including the endangered Rock Wallaby.

 

 

ABOVE: Something of an introduction to Mt Barney National Park

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ATTRACTIONS/WALKS:

Walking in the Mt Barney National Park can be a very rewarding experience, yet it can also be a most challenging and difficult adventure, especially during the heat of Summer.

 

ABOVE: Stream in Mt Barney National Park

 

Yellow Pinch Picnic Area:

There are toilets, BBQs and tables provided at the Yellow Pinch Picnic Area.

A 13km return walk leads off from Yellow Pinch along a fire trail into an area of rainforest near the South Ridge. Only experienced climbers should attempt the climb up the South Ridge.

 

Lower Portals:

The Lower Portals Track is a 7.4km return walk taking between 2-3 hours to complete. It is not an overly difficult walk, but is strenuous in some sections when climbing the various ridges. The walk begins at the Lower Portals car park. The walk leads to a rock pool where there was once a small camping site. The walk can be continued over the next ridge to descend into a beautiful valley through which flows a small stream.

 

Upper Portals:

The Upper Portals area is reached via Cleared Ridge. The walk is an 8km return walk. Access to this walking track is via a 4WD only road from the Yellow Pinch Picnic Area.

 

ABOVE: Views from the top of Mt Barney

ABOVE: Climbing Mt Barney

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CAMPING FACILITIES:

A number of camping opportunities exist in Mt Barney National Park. However, these are subject to fairly stringent conditions and QLD Parks and Wildlife should be consulted prior to camping in the park.

If you intend bush camping in the park you must book and purchase a camping permit about 6 weeks prior to your trip. To do this you need to send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the relevant fees and details of your trip to QLD Parks and Wildlife.

No wood fires are allowed in the national park, which means you must use a fuel stove for cooking.

There are also a number of privately run camping areas near the national park. The first is near Yellow Pinch (Mt Barney Lodge) and the other two near the Boonah-Rathdowney Road (Bigriggen and Flanagan's Reserves).

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PHOTOS:

Below is a link to photos taken during a trip to Mt Barney National park in July 2004.

  http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmatthews/sets/72157625428136912/

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FURTHER RESOURCES:

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
3522 Ipswich-Boonah Road
Coulson Qld 4310
(07) 5463 5041
Boonah@epa.qld.gov.au

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MAPS:

  • 1:25 000 Mt Clunie

  • 1:25 000 My Lindesay

  • 1:25 000 Teviot

  • 1:25 000 Maroon

  • 1:25 000 Palen Creek

 

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UPDATED: 10 May 2014

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