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About Mount Barney

Getting there and getting around

Choose your recreation activities wisely; summit routes are suitable only for well-prepared climbers with a high level of fitness, bush navigation skills and rock-scrambling and climbing experience. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Choose your recreation activities wisely; summit routes are suitable only for well-prepared climbers with a high level of fitness, bush navigation skills and rock-scrambling and climbing experience. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

The following directions are to the Lower Portals car park, Cleared Ridge car park and Yellow Pinch trailhead located at the base of Mount Barney.

From Brisbane via Rathdowney

Follow the Mount Lindesay Highway through Beaudesert to Rathdowney. Turn right on to the Boonah–Rathdowney Road 1km after Rathdowney and travel 8km to the Barney View–Upper Logan Road turn-off. After turning left, follow the signs to either Lower Portals car park or Yellow Pinch trailhead.

To get to the Cleared Ridge car park and the Upper Portals track, turn off the Boonah–Rathdowney Road onto Newman Road just past the Maroon State School, then turn left onto Waterfall Creek Road. A 4WD vehicle is required for access beyond the Waterfall Creek Reserve to the Cleared Ridge car park.

From Boonah

Follow the Boonah–Rathdowney Road south for 39km and turn right on to the Barney View–Upper Logan Road. Travel a further 12km and follow the signs to either the Lower Portals car park or Yellow Pinch trailhead.

To get to the Cleared Ridge car park and Upper Portals track, follow the Boonah-Rathdowney Road for 26km before turning right onto Burnett Creek Road. Turn left onto Newman Road then veer right onto Waterfall Creek Road. A 4WD vehicle is required for access beyond the Waterfall Creek Reserve to the Cleared Ridge car park.

Be aware that the main access roads to the national park can flood after storms and prolonged periods of rain. Check road closures and park alerts.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in this park.

Park features

Watch where you walk! The Mount Barney bush pea Pultenaea whiteana is vulnerable to extinction. Only known to occur within the Mount Barney National Park, there are fewer than 1000 individual plants remaining. Photo: courtesy Glenn Leiper.

Watch where you walk! The Mount Barney bush pea Pultenaea whiteana is vulnerable to extinction. Only known to occur within the Mount Barney National Park, there are fewer than 1000 individual plants remaining. Photo: courtesy Glenn Leiper.

Camp only in designated areas; not on the East Peak of Mount Barney! Help protect patches of montane heath and the near-threatened bell-fruited mallee Eucalyptus codonocarpa by practicing minimal impact camping. Photo: courtesy Glenn Leiper.

Camp only in designated areas; not on the East Peak of Mount Barney! Help protect patches of montane heath and the near-threatened bell-fruited mallee Eucalyptus codonocarpa by practicing minimal impact camping. Photo: courtesy Glenn Leiper.

The distinctive peaks of Mount Barney, Mount Maroon, Mount May, Mount Lindesay, Mount Ernest, Mount Ballow and Mount Clunie make up Mount Barney National Park. These rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago. Mount Barney is the second highest peak in South East Queensland.

The park has varied vegetation with open forests around the foothills of the peaks, subtropical rainforest above 600m and montane heath shrublands towards the summits. The summit of Mount Ballow is cool temperate rainforest, and on Mount Maroon there are mallee eucalypt shrublands.

Many rare and unusual plant species grow in the park including the endangered Mt Maroon wattle Acacia saxicola, the near-threatened bell-fruited mallee Eucalyptus codonocarpa, and the vulnerable bush pea Pultenaea whiteana and Hillgrove gum Eucalyptus michaeliana.

Most of Mount Barney National Park is in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Camping and accommodation

All camp sites in Mount Barney National Park are accessed on foot and have no facilities. Campers need to be self-sufficient. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

All camp sites in Mount Barney National Park are accessed on foot and have no facilities. Campers need to be self-sufficient. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Camping

Mount Barney National Park’s camping areas can only be reached on foot. Campers should expect rugged conditions with no facilities. Please read and follow the guidelines for staying safe and how to walk softly in the park to minimise your impacts.

To camp in the national park you will need a camping permit (fees apply). It is recommended that you book online 6 to 8 weeks in advance for public holidays and 3 to 6 weeks in advance during the rest of the year.

Car-based camp sites are available outside the national park at:

  • Waterfall Creek Reserve (no facilities provided). This reserve is managed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Contact the council for booking and information enquiries.
  • Four privately-run camping areas (with toilets, showers and barbecues) visit—Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat campground, Bigriggen Park, Flanagan Reserve or Lake Maroon Holiday Park. Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat campground is near Yellow Pinch Reserve. Bigriggen Park and Flanagan Reserve are closer to the Boonah–Rathdowney Road. Lake Maroon Holiday Park is near Lake Maroon.
  • For more information on other camping areas close by, see the tourism information links.

Other accommodation

Hotel, motel, lodges, cabins, bed and breakfast and caravan park accommodation are available at Boonah and Rathdowney. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Yellow Pinch lookout is the best location to take in the views of Mount Barney. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Yellow Pinch lookout is the best location to take in the views of Mount Barney. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

The 3.7km walk to the Lower Portals is rewarded with an opportunity to dip a toe into a deep pool set within a rocky gorge. Always read the warning signs and supervise children at all times. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government.

The 3.7km walk to the Lower Portals is rewarded with an opportunity to dip a toe into a deep pool set within a rocky gorge. Always read the warning signs and supervise children at all times. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government.

It is recommended that walkers familiarise themselves with the area before attempting a remote area walk in Mount Barney National Park. Photo: Andrew Sampson, Queensland Government.

It is recommended that walkers familiarise themselves with the area before attempting a remote area walk in Mount Barney National Park. Photo: Andrew Sampson, Queensland Government.

Summit routes are not walking tracks! The routes have exposed, very steep rocky sections that require rock scrambling and climbing skills. South East Ridge summit route. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Summit routes are not walking tracks! The routes have exposed, very steep rocky sections that require rock scrambling and climbing skills. South East Ridge summit route. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Do not linger in the 'No waiting' zone on the Mount Maroon summit route—there is a high risk of rockfall. Photo: courtesy Peter Beames.

Do not linger in the 'No waiting' zone on the Mount Maroon summit route—there is a high risk of rockfall. Photo: courtesy Peter Beames.

Picnic and day-use areas

There are picnic tables, toilets and barbecues at the Yellow Pinch Reserve that is managed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council. This is adjacent the main entry to Mount Barney National Park.

Walking tracks

There are four maintained tracks around the base of Mount Barney: Yellow Pinch, Lower Portals, Cronan Creek and Upper Portals tracks. All are classified as grade 4 walking tracks. Easier walks can be found close by at Moogerah Peaks and Main Range national parks.

Walking is advised during cooler weather, usually April to September. Be aware that walking in hotter weather can be very hazardous due to high temperatures and lack of surface water.

Please read and follow the guidelines for staying safe and for reducing your impact on the park.

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

Class 4 walking trackGrade 4 track

  • Bushwalking experience recommended.
  • Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Caution is needed on loose gravel surfaces and at exposed natural lookouts.

Walking tracks at a glance:

Class 4 walking trackYellow Pinch lookout (Grade 4)

Distance: 2km return
Time: Allow about 1hr
Details: This track leaves from the Yellow Pinch trailhead and climbs steadily through open eucalypt forest to the Yellow Pinch gate. There the track turns right and climbs steeply along a rocky ridge until it levels at a natural lookout above an exposed cliff edge. Learn about the geological history of this ancient landscape—its volcanoes and ring faults—and be mesmerised by the commanding presence of Mount Barney before you.

Class 4 walking trackCronan Creek Falls (Grade 4)

Distance: 12km return
Time:
Allow about 4hr
Details:
This track leaves from Yellow Pinch trailhead. Follow the track until you arrive at the Yellow Pinch gate. Walk through the turnstile and follow the management trail for 5.4km. Cronan Creek Falls is 100m to the left of the management trail—look for the directional marker and follow the track.

This track follows the picturesque rock-tumbled Cronan Creek and includes natural creek crossings.

Class 4 walking trackLower Portals track (Grade 4)

Distance: 7.4km return
Time:
Allow about 3hr
Details:
This track has moderate to steep slopes and is rough in sections. There are two rocky creek crossings—after the second crossing at Mount Barney Creek, follow the directional sign. The track ends at a deep pool set within a rocky gorge of Mount Barney Creek.

Look for the directional sign to locate the creek crossing when returning.

Class 4 walking trackUpper Portals track (Grade 4)

Distance: 8km return
Time: Allow about 3hr
Details: Access to Cleared Ridge requires a 4WD vehicle. The drive takes about 45min from the Lower Portals and the Yellow Pinch area.

The Upper Portals track has some steep gradients and is rough in sections—rock-hopping skills are required.

To reach the upstream section of the Upper Portals, follow the management trail until it reaches the junction of Yamahra Creek and Mount Barney Creek. Cross Mount Barney Creek and follow the track to the Upper Portals. Here water continues to carve smooth channels through rhyolite and basalt rock.

To reach the downstream section of the Upper Portals, cross Mount Barney Creek again and follow the track steeply uphill before descending to the downstream section of the Upper Portals. This track avoids the narrow gorge that can be dangerous, especially after rain or when the creek is high.

Go on an organised walk

There are opportunities for remote area bushwalking in this park. The extremely rugged mountain terrain can be hazardous for inexperienced or poorly prepared walkers. It is recommended that walkers familiarise themselves with the area before attempting an extended walk.

If you are inexperienced but looking for a more challenging remote bushwalking experience, there are established bushwalking clubs with experienced off-track walkers that regularly organise trips to Mount Barney National Park.

All remote area bushwalkers are expected to follow the minimal impact bushwalking and bush camping practices, such as observing proper sanitation and hygiene methods and avoiding polluting water in any way.

Summit routes—rock scrambling skills required

There are numerous summit routes to the peaks in Mount Barney National Park—only three of the more popular summit routes are included below. All summit routes are very steep and often have narrow ridges and vertical cliff edges. Make sure everyone in the group is comfortable with the planned route.

It is recommended you climb with a capable, experienced leader and follow a route guide to navigate over the steep terrain.

Be aware:

  • People accessing the summit routes must be well-prepared climbers with a high level of fitness, bush navigation skills and rock-scrambling and climbing experience.
  • The summit routes have exposed, very steep rocky sections that require rock scrambling and climbing skills. There are narrow ridges and vertical cliff edges.
  • Serious injuries have occurred on summit routes—death could occur.
  • Rock falls could occur at any time. If you access the summit routes you need to be aware of the risks. Your safety is your responsibility.
  • Summit routes are not walking tracks and are unsuitable for young children and inexperienced people who cannot climb unassisted.
  • If you feel unsure about your ability to climb and keep up with the rest of your group, or you are not comfortable with the route selected, then don't attempt it.
  • Rescues are risky, even for the rescue team.

Know the hazards!

  • Loose rocks and rock debris—they can fall at any time.
  • Steep, exposed rock faces and slabs.
  • Very slippery rocks in wet conditions.
  • Heat exposure—can lead to heat exhaustion and dehydration.
  • Poor visibility in cloud, mist or fading daylight.
  • Inexperience, poor preparation and inappropriate gear.

Summit routes at a glance:

South Ridge summit route

Time: Allow about 8 to 10hr to East Peak and return via the same route
Details: South Ridge summit route is a constant, strenuous climb. It traverses sections of very steep ridges and involves several rock scrambles and climbs. Care must be taken near cliff edges and loose earth can make the route slippery.

Once at Mount Barney saddle, there is still about 267m in altitude to climb before summiting on East Peak—1354m above sea level. This final climb may take up to 1.5hr one-way. Return via the same route.

When descending from Mount Barney saddle, follow the directional markers. The return route climbs up over a small knoll before descending the ridge.

Camping is prohibited on East Peak or within 500m surrounding the peak to protect the fragile, natural environment.

Caution!
Descending via South East Ridge summit route is not recommended. It is a very steep and difficult descent.

South East Ridge summit route

Time: Allow about 7 to 9hr to East Peak and return via South Ridge summit route
Details: Although a shorter summit route than South Ridge, it is much steeper. This route requires greater fitness levels, rock scrambling and climbing skills.

It is recommended you climb with a capable, experienced leader on this route. South East Ridge summit route is a steep, strenuous climb with exposed rock faces and sheer cliff edges. Rocky slabs are slippery in wet conditions.

Care is to be taken when traversing the razorback ridge and the rock slab near the summit—beware of a 300m drop nearby. For your protection, ropes are recommended for some steep sections, especially when carrying heavy backpacks.

Camping is prohibited on East Peak or within 500m surrounding the peak to protect the fragile, natural environment.

Caution!
Descending via South East Ridge summit route is not recommended. It is a very steep and difficult descent.

Mount Maroon summit route

Time: Allow about 6hr return
Details: In spring, this summit provides spectacular wildflower displays set against the craggy peaks of the Scenic Rim. Allow a full day to reach the summit safely and to return to your vehicle.

The summit route starts from the Cotswold car park and continues in a gradual rise for about 400m before becoming steeper. Follow the route up the north-east ridge until the route veers right and descends into a steep, narrow, rocky gorge. This is the lower end of the ‘No waiting’ zone. After climbing up through the gorge, the route then leads through threatened montane heath and over rocky pavements to the southern summit of Mount Maroon at 966m.

Camping is prohibited on the summit of Mount Maroon and within 600m surrounding the peak to protect the threatened montane heath.

All other summit routes

Not recommended for inexperienced people.

There are numerous other summit routes to the peaks in Mount Barney National Park. It is recommended you climb with a capable, experienced leader and follow a route guide to navigate over the steep terrain. All routes require a very high level of fitness, experience and navigational skills. All routes take at least 7hr and should not be attempted late in the day.

For your safety

Plan ahead:

  • Check the weather. Conditions can change suddenly—temperatures can drop and cloud or mist can obscure key landscape features and cause disorientation.
  • Never climb in wet conditions or if it is likely to rain—wet rocks are dangerously slippery.
  • Have an experienced group leader and set a suitable group pace—keep to the pace of the least experienced in your group.
  • Make sure everyone in your group has suitable sturdy footwear, suitable clothing and enough water.
  • Allow enough time to return in daylight. It can take twice as long to descend than it takes to get to the top.
  • Plan for emergencies. Pack a fully charged mobile phone, a first-aid kit and extra clothing, water and food.
  • Carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)—in an emergency, this will assist Emergency Services to locate you.
  • Carry a GPS and topographic map and know how to use them—don’t run the risk of getting lost. Download a QTopo map of the area relevant to your plans.
  • Let a reliable person know your plans and what to do if you do not return as expected. Remember to let them know if your plans change.

On a summit route:

  • Avoid dislodging rocks as they might hit people below you. Even small rocks can cause serious injury.
  • If you accidentally dislodge rocks, shout loud warnings.
  • Stay with your group or in pairs.
  • If weather conditions deteriorate and visibility becomes poor, stay put until the cloud, mist or fog clears. This may mean you have to stay overnight.
  • Do not linger in high risk rockfall zones—follow all safety sign directions.
  • If you decide to not continue with your group, don’t wait in the high risk zone or remain in a ‘No waiting zone’. Return to the trailhead.
  • Do not deviate off a summit route—follow directional markers where provided, not flagging tape or blazed trees.
  • Save your mobile phone battery life by minimising use—you might need it to make an emergency call.
  • Take your time and enjoy the climb—take short rest breaks.
  • Keep track of the time—return in daylight.

Roped sports—abseiling and rockclimbing

  • Rockclimbing and abseiling opportunities are suitable for experienced and well equipped climbers only.
  • Take care to avoid dislodging rocks as they might hit climbers below you—even small rocks can cause serious injury.
  • Never attempt climbs in wet weather as smooth surfaces can be slippery and dangerous. The likelihood of rockfalls and landslides are heightened by rainfall and intense fire activity. Flexible soled shoes with good grip should be worn.
Your safety
  • Never attempt to climb or abseil unless you are confident you can complete the activity.
  • Always use appropriate equipment. Helmets are strongly recommended.
  • Allow enough time to complete your climb in daylight hours.
  • Carry enough water and food for your climb.
  • Carry a mobile phone and keep emergency phone numbers.
  • Never climb alone.
  • Be aware of those below—be careful not to dislodge rocks when climbing.
  • Watch the weather—if it looks like it will rain, do not attempt the climb. Rocks will become slippery and dangerous.
  • Carry a first-aid kit.

Things to know before you go

Carry a topographic map or a GPS and know how to use them to navigate remote routes in the park. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Carry a topographic map or a GPS and know how to use them to navigate remote routes in the park. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Be prepared and be responsible for your own safety. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Be prepared and be responsible for your own safety. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

  • Bring drinking water, a fuel stove to boil water for drinking and/or chemical tablets to treat water.
  • Take warm clothing and raincoats as rapid changes in temperature and weather are common.
  • Wear a hat and apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
  • Bring a first-aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone. A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is recommended
  • Bring rubbish bags to remove your rubbish from the park. No bins are provided.
  • Bring a topographic map, compass and other bushwalking equipment for staying safe in the park.

Essential to know

Communication devices

Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in Mount Barney National Park, but it might be available in areas with high elevation.

A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) could be the best emergency beacon in remote areas where mobile reception is not possible.

Private property access

Some routes within Mount Barney National Park are accessed through private property. Please respect private property.

  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Keep to the summit route to stay off adjacent private property.
  • Do not litter, disturb stock or damage fences.
  • Obtain the owner’s permission before crossing or entering any private land.

Opening hours

Mount Barney National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

All camping, including remote bushcamping, within Mount Barney National Park requires a camping permit and fees apply.

For more details, see camping information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Mount Barney National Park.

Climate and weather

Mount Barney experiences rapid changes in temperature and weather. Winters are usually dry and cold; nights are frosty with temperatures dropping to an average minimum of -4°C. Summers are warm to very hot, especially on the exposed ridges, with temperatures reaching 25 to 40°C; nights are cooler, averaging 15 to 18°C. Watch out for late spring and summer thunderstorms, which bring lightning and unseasonably cold weather. Most rain falls between November and March.

Always check the current weather forecast before you visit.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Boonah and Rathdowney. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Mount Barney's peaks are often in cloud. This can significantly reduce visibility. For your safety, stay where you are until the clouds lift. This may mean staying out overnight. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Mount Barney's peaks are often in cloud. This can significantly reduce visibility. For your safety, stay where you are until the clouds lift. This may mean staying out overnight. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Be prepared. Walk with friends, keep to the tracks and/or selected route, and always carry water, a first-aid kit, a fully charged mobile, PLB, and a map or GPS. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Be prepared. Walk with friends, keep to the tracks and/or selected route, and always carry water, a first-aid kit, a fully charged mobile, PLB, and a map or GPS. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Save battery life; use your phone sparingly. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Save battery life; use your phone sparingly. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

  • Choose activities that suit the skills, experience and fitness of your group.
  • Check current weather forecasts for the local area before leaving. Mount Barney's peaks are often in cloud and temperatures can drop suddenly.
  • Avoid exploring the park during wet weather. Tracks and rock surfaces can be slippery, especially after rain.
  • Stay away from cliff edges.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Never walk alone—at least one member of the group needs to be a competent map-reader and bushwalker. If something happens to you, someone in your group can go for help.
  • Plan to complete your activity before dark.
  • Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days.
  • Tell a reliable person where you are going and when you expect to return—they will contact the police if you do not return when planned. If you change your plans, inform them.
  • Observe and comply with all regulatory signs.

Read safety information specifically for summit routes.

For more general safety information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

In an emergency

Emergencies do happen—be prepared. While out in the park, know your location at all times.

  • Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.
  • Call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers.
  • Carry a fully-charged mobile phone. A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) could be the best emergency beacon in remote areas where mobile reception is not possible.

Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in Mount Barney National Park, but it might be available in areas with high elevation. The nearest hospitals are in Beaudesert and Boonah.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Walk softly and help protect our natural environment. There are around 60 threatened species within the park, 13 of which are endangered. Photo: Justin O'Connell, Queensland Government.

Walk softly and help protect our natural environment. There are around 60 threatened species within the park, 13 of which are endangered. Photo: Justin O'Connell, Queensland Government.

A zip-lock bag is ideal for carrying food scraps and rubbish out of the park. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

A zip-lock bag is ideal for carrying food scraps and rubbish out of the park. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Carry a hand trowel to dig and bury human waste and toilet paper. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Carry a hand trowel to dig and bury human waste and toilet paper. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Use the pathogen control stations when entering and leaving the park. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Use the pathogen control stations when entering and leaving the park. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Washing your boots will kill pathogens and protect rare and vulnerable species, such as the mountainfrog. Photo: Harry Hines, Queensland Government.

Washing your boots will kill pathogens and protect rare and vulnerable species, such as the mountainfrog. Photo: Harry Hines, Queensland Government.

Minimal impact bushwalking means being thoughtful about your actions in the bush. To minimise your impact on the environment, please follow these guidelines.

  • Everything within the national park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Wood fires are prohibited. Use a fuel stove for cooking.
  • Camp at existing sites. Do not create new sites. Use a free-standing tent requiring few pegs.
  • Stay on walking tracks. Shortcutting causes erosion and can lead to visitors becoming lost.
  • Carry it in, carry it out. Reduce your rubbish by bringing as little packaging as possible. Remove all rubbish including items such as aluminum foil, plastic bottles, tins and cigarette butts.
  • Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and at least 100m from watercourses, tracks, routes and camp sites. Bag and carry out all non-biodegradable items—this includes personal hygiene products.
  • Wash away from streams. All detergents, shampoos, toothpastes and soaps pollute water and are harmful to aquatic life.
  • Walk in small groups (4 to 8) rather than one large group. Smaller groups have proportionately less impact.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Take notice of all signs and safety notices.
  • If you need to cross private property, obtain the owners' permission first and respect their wishes.

Pathogens

Stop the spread of pathogens (disease producing organisms such as phytophthora, myrtle rust and amphibian chytrid fungus). Soil and detritus can contain pathogens such as fungal spores that are harmful to the forest and frogs.

  • Start and finish your activity with clean footwear and camping gear—remove soil from your footwear, tent pegs and camping spade or trowel before leaving an area. Keep all gear as clean and free from soil as possible during your visit.
  • Please clean and disinfect footwear and camping equipment using a disinfectant either at home or before visiting the park. Use pathogen control stations located at key trailheads in the park.

Be frog friendly

Mount Barney’s waterways provide important habitats for a number of endangered or vulnerable species, particularly frogs. Please help protect these sensitive habitats by following the guidelines below.

  • Please do not disturb, handle or remove frogs, their eggs or tadpoles.
  • Do not use or discard, soap, detergent, shampoo, sunscreen, insect repellent or any other potential pollutant in creeks or along the banks.
  • Keep to walking tracks and cross directly where the track crosses the creek.
  • Please do not disturb or remove rocks or trample vegetation in or directly adjacent to creeks.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The park is managed to sustain habitats for many significant species such as the brush-tailed rock wallaby. The wallaby is threatened and found no further east of Mount Barney National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

The park is managed to sustain habitats for many significant species such as the brush-tailed rock wallaby. The wallaby is threatened and found no further east of Mount Barney National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mount Barney National Park is a reserve of international significance and is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its remarkable natural and cultural values in perpetuity.

The park's outstanding geological history, evolutionary significance and role in nature conservation are recognised through its inclusion in the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Management is in accordance with internationally recognised obligations under the World Heritage Convention.

A management plan for Mount Barney National Park will be prepared in the future.

Tourism information links

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region, contact:

Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre
www.visitscenicrim.com.au
Westerman Park, Cnr Mt Lindesay Highway and Enterprise Drive, Beaudesert Qld 4285
ph (07) 5541 4495
email

Boonah Visitor Information Centre
www.boonahtourism.org.au and www.visitscenicrim.com.au
Bicentennial Park, 20 Boonah-Fassifern Road, Boonah 4310
ph (07) 5463 2233
email

Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre
www.rathdowney.org.au
Mount Lindesay Highway, Rathdowney Qld 4287
ph (07) 5544 1222
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
11 January 2019