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
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.
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).