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Camping in Mount Barney National Park

Foresty bush camp site is named after a forestry hut that once stood nearby. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

Foresty bush camp site is named after a forestry hut that once stood nearby. Photo: Steve Browne, Queensland Government.

All camping areas in Mount Barney National Park can only be reached by foot. Minimal impact camping is encouraged within the park. There are no facilities at camp sites.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed on your tent.

Camping is prohibited on the summit of Mount Maroon (PDF, 39K)and within 600m of the summit to protect the threatened montane heath—penalites apply.

Camping is also prohibited on the East Peak of Mount Barney (PDF, 39K)and within 500m surrounding the peak to protect the fragile natural environment—penalties apply.

Please note: two bush camp sites have been renamed to acknowledge the history of the park. Cronan Creek 9 bush camp site is now Burbank bush camp site, named after a government surveyor, Alfred Harry Burbank. Cronan Creek 10 bush camp site is now Forestry bush camp site, named after a forestry hut that once stood nearby.

Park-specific conditions

To reduce environmental impacts, there are limits on the number of people who may camp at each camp site. These limits may change as a result of ongoing research and monitoring. Camp sites may be closed from time to time to allow for regeneration or during periods of high fire danger. Please check Park alerts for up-to-date information on closures.

Bush campers should expect rugged conditions with no facilities. Please read and follow the guidelines for staying safe and for minimal impact bushwalking.

Routes in Mount Barney National Park range from moderate to very steep. There are no easy walks in Mount Barney National Park.

Read more about staying safe in parks and forests and looking after Mount Barney National Park.

Lower Portals bush camp site

Camping area features: Three separate sites located next to Mount Barney Creek.

Location: Grid Reference: 704 751.

Access: Camp site reached by foot via a 3.7km track from the Lower Portals car park. This 1.5hr walk has moderate to steep gradients.

Number of sites: Three sites. Maximum of 18 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

Cleared Ridge bush camp site

Camping area features: Located on top of a ridge along a fire trail.

Location: Grid Reference: 676 745.

Access: A 1.5hr walk (moderate grade) from Cleared Ridge car park (4WD access only).

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 10 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average.

Hoop Pines bush camp site

Camping area features: A pleasant site on Yamahra Creek in a hoop pine grove.

Location: Grid Reference: 666 750.

Access: 1hr downhill (moderate grade) walk from Cleared Ridge car park. The return walk is moderate to steep.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 30 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Yamahra Creek bush camp site

Camping area features: Near the junction of Mount Barney Creek and Yamahra Creek.

Location: Grid Reference: 668 737.

Access: A 1.5hr walk (moderate grade) from Cleared Ridge car park. The return walk is moderate to steep.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 15 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Barney Gorge Junction bush camp site

Camping area features: A large site located at the junction of Barney Gorge and Mount Barney Creek.

Location: Grid Reference: 690 730.

Access: Walk half a day from Lower Portals or Cleared Ridge car park. The walk-in is moderate to steep traversing boulders and cliff edges.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 15 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Rum Jungle bush camp site

Camping area features: A sheltered site in a tiny pocket of rainforest in the saddle between Mount Barney’s east and west peaks.

Location: Grid Reference: 697 715.

Access: A 4 to 5hr walk from Yellow Pinch via South Ridge. This is a steep walk with several exposed rock scrambles.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 10 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average. You might need to use 07 prefix if calling Queensland numbers.

Old Hut Site bush camp site

Camping area features: An exposed site in the saddle between Mount Barney’s east and west peaks.

Location: Grid Reference: 698 716.

Access: A 4 to 5hr walk from Yellow Pinch via South Ridge. This is a steep walk with several exposed rock scrambles.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average. You might need to use 07 prefix if calling Queensland numbers.

Burbank bush camp site

Camping area features: A shaded area located on the bank of Cronan Creek near the base of Mount Barney.

Location: Grid Reference: 725 696.

Access: A 1hr walk from Yellow Pinch along a fire trail. This is a moderate walk.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 12 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Forestry bush camp site

Camping area features: A shaded area located on the bank of Cronan Creek near the base of Mount Barney.

Location: Grid Reference: 721 699.

Access: A 1hr walk from Yellow Pinch along a fire trail. This is a moderate walk.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 12 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Skull camp bush camp site

Camping area features: Open forest site in the foothills on the south-eastern side of Mount Maroon.

Location: Grid Reference: 735 772.

Access: A 1hr easy to moderate walk from the locked gate at the end of Seidenspinner Road.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 30 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Not reliable.

Paddys Plain bush camp site

Camping area features: Open forest site located on Paddys Gully between Mount Maroon and Mount May.

Location: Grid Reference: 712 783.

Access: From the Cotswold trailhead or at the end of Drynans Hut Road. Northern access from Newman Road is now restricted.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 30 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Mount May Saddle bush camp site

Camping area features: Located in the saddle between Mount May’s north peak and south peak.

Location: Grid Reference: 675 785.

Access: A 3hr walk from Mount May camping reserve or a 1hr walk via the south western ridge from Waterfall Creek Road. This is a steep to very steep route with some rock scrambling required.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 12 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average.

Ballow Creek Junction remote bush camp

Camping area features: Rainforest camp site at junction of Mount Ballow and Mount Barney Creeks. Well protected in windy weather. No views.

Location: Grid Reference: 659-727, GPS Reference: 56J 0465933 6872666 (WGS84)

Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 4WD to Cleared Ridge via Waterfall Creek Road south-east of Boonah.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Barrabool remote bush camp

Camping area features: Three, small sites in montane heath between rocky outcrops. Limited protection in windy weather. Unusual views of Mount Barney and Mount Maroon.

Location: Grid Reference: 687-719, GPS Reference: 56J 0468744 6872029 (WGS84)

Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 2WD to the Lower Portals car park on Lower Portals Road south of Rathdowney.

Number of sites: Open area without separately-defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Rock and soil. Can be very wet.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average. You might need to use 07 prefix if calling Queensland numbers.

Boonah Border Gate to 'Avocado farm' remote bush camp sites

Camping area features: Various sites along the State Border generally used for walking the Scenic Rim.

Location: Grid references are required to be supplied by walkers identifying where they intend to camp when booking a site.

Access: White Swamp Road, Mount Lindesay Highway, Old Mount Lindesay Road, Tartar Creek Road, Philip Mountain Road.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average. You might need to use 07 prefix if calling Queensland numbers.

Burrajum Peak—Barney Spur Knoll remote bush camp

Camping area features: Several open eucalypt and rainforest sites that offer limited protection in windy weather. Unusual views from Savages Point of the East and West peaks of Mount Barney.

Location: Grid Reference: 681-706, GPS Reference: 56J 0468140 6870555 (WGS84)

Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 2WD to the Yellow Pinch car park at the end of the Upper Logan Road south of Rathdowney.

Number of sites: Scattered areas with separate sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average. You might need to use 07 prefix if calling Queensland numbers.

Cedar Pass remote bush camp

Camping area features: Pleasant rainforest site. Well protected in windy weather. No views.

Location: Grid Reference: 642-742, GPS Reference: 56J 0464147 6874256 (WGS84)

Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 4WD to Cleared Ridge via Waterfall Creek Road south-east of Boonah.

Number of sites: Open area without separately-defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Unreliable.

Montserrat Lookout remote bush camp

Camping area features: Popular open forest site on summit with good views of Mount Barney from a different perspective. There is limited protection in windy weather.

Location: Grid Reference: 655-739, GPS Reference: 56J 0465514 6873919 (WGS84)

Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 4WD to Cleared Ridge via Waterfall Creek Road south-east of Boonah.

Number of sites: Open area without separately-defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil, leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average. You might need to use 07 prefix if calling Queensland numbers.

Mt Ballow—Junction Peak remote bush camp

Camping area features: Small camp site amongst Antarctic beech trees. Good protection in windy weather. Limited views.

Location: Grid Reference: 622-729, GPS Reference: 56J 0462179 6872899 (WGS84)

Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 4WD to Cleared Ridge via Waterfall Creek Road or 2WD to Burnett Creek Road south-east of Boonah.

Number of sites: Open area without separately-defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil, leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Average. You might need to use 07 prefix if calling Queensland numbers.

T Junction remote bush camp

Camping area features: Pristine rarely visited rainforest site. Well protected in windy weather. No views.

Location: Grid Reference: 655-705, GPS Reference: 56J 0465480 6870522 (WGS84)

Access: Nearest vehicle access is by 4WD to Cleared Ridge via Waterfall Creek Road south-east of Boonah.

Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 6 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.

Camp site surface: Soil and leaf litter.

Facilities: None. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: Prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generator use: Not allowed.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: No coverage.

Last updated
16 April 2019