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Visiting Mount Barney safely
Hi, I’m Andy Dutton, Senior Ranger with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Welcome to Mount Barney national Park.
A remote and rugged landscape, protected for its World Heritage values and dramatic geology.
It’s a mountain that commands respect.
So when you’re planning an adventure to Mount Barney National Park you need to be well prepared. May sure you have plenty of water, plenty of food, and be prepared for any contingency.
There have been over 400 rescues and 700 lost walkers in Mount Barney over the last 30 years. Don’t under estimate the difficulty of the climb. There are incredibly steep, exposed ridges and cliff faces with near-vertical drops.
I’m Senior Constable Joel Williams, the office in charge of the Rathdowney Police and I’m responsible for 90% of the search and rescues that happen in the Mount Barney National Park. Part of my role encompasses first of all locating the people lost on the park, followed by their safe recovery and extraction. The big obstacles that we face are firstly communication. Communicating with the persons that are lost on the park; it is impossible to find people wandering the mountain without knowing where they are.
Mount Barney is a fairly formidable mountain, if you do come out here to bushwalk you must take responsibility for your own actions.
It is important that if you do come out that you let people know that you have gone for a walk and the time that you will return. All the SES that are out here are all volunteers—none of them are paid. They have taken time out of their family life and their work life to come out and assist Queensland Police with the search and rescue here at Mount Barney. If you do come out—be prepared.
Mount Barney is one of those classic mountains and we really want you to enjoy your time on there and the best way you can do that is to be prepared and give the mountain the respect it requires.
Always check the weather before leaving.
- Have at least 4ltr of water/person.
- Take a fully charged mobile and save battery life.
- Know how to use your GPS or read a map.
- Wear ankle-supporting footwear.
- Pack warm, weather-proof clothing.
- Carry a Personal Locator Beacon. This will assist Emergency Services to locate you.
- Have a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
- Make sure you leave walking plans with a reliable person—they’ll raise the alarm if you don’t return when expected.
If it’s your first time up Mount Barney, I strongly recommend that you go with someone who has been up Mount Barney before. Either that can be a guided walk or you can go with a group of people who know what they are doing. It allows you the opportunity to experience Mount Barney without the stress of having to navigate and find your own path.
Conditions can change rapidly on Mount Barney. When visibility is low, stay put until it clears. This may mean you have to stay out overnight. It takes longer than you think to reach the summit and return, so leave early. Plan your route thoroughly and know your limitations. It’s a physically demanding climb.
There is no easy way to climb Mount Barney. So remember, preparation is key to a safe and enjoyable visit.
Getting there and getting around
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.
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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in this park.
- 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.
- Essentials to bring
- Essential to know
- Opening hours
- Permits and fees
- Climate and weather
- Fuel and supplies
- 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.
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.
Mount Barney National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.
All camping, including remote bushcamping, within Mount Barney National Park requires a camping permit and fees apply.
- Book your camp site online, over-the-counter or by phone.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
For more details, see camping information.
A special permit is not required for recreational activities in Mount Barney National Park unless they are organised events or large scale competitive events. If an activity or visit to a protected area includes commercial photography or filming—that is, to sell photographs or film footage taken on a protected area or use photographs or footage in a product which will later be sold, such as a book or postcard—a permit must be obtained and a fee paid.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Mount Barney National Park.
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.
Fuel and supplies are available at Boonah and Rathdowney. For more information see the tourism information links.