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Mt Barney National Park

What's special?

Mts Barney, Maroon, May and Lindesay rise majestically above the surrounding farmlands in Mt Barney National Park on the Queensland/New South Wales border. These rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago. Mt Barney is the second highest peak in south-east Queensland.

The park has extremely varied vegetation with open forests around the foothills of the peaks, subtropical rainforest above 600m, montane heath shrublands towards the summit of the peaks, cool temperate rainforest on the summit of Mt Ballow, and mallee eucalypt shrublands on Mt Maroon. Many rare and unusual plant species grow in the park including the endangered Maroon wattle Acacia saxicola, and the rare mallee eucalypt Eucalyptus codonocarpa, Mt Barney bush pea Pultanaea whiteana and Eucalyptus michaeliana.

Most of Mt Barney National Park is in the Central Eastern Rainforests Reserves Australia World Heritage Area.

Exploring Mt Barney

Experienced, well-equipped bushwalkers can enjoy this remote park’s special attractions. Most trails are unmarked.

Have a picnic at Yellow Pinch at the base of Mt Barney. Toilets, barbecues and picnic tables are provided. Read about the park and walking safety at information displays located at Yellow Pinch and the Lower Portals carpark.

Enjoy spectacular views over the border ranges and scenic rim forests from the summit of Mt Barney. The most challenging route up Mt Barney is Logan’s Ridge. Peasant’s or South Ridge is a better choice for less experienced climbers. Allow plenty of time for the ascent and descent, which take between 8 and 10 hours, depending on the route and your level of fitness.) Walkers need navigational and bushwalking skills and sound physical fitness. Never walk alone or take unfit walkers in your party.

Nearby Mt Maroon is popular for rockclimbing.

Bush camping is allowed at Mt May and Mt Barney. Restrictions apply during peak holiday times. Book your campsite at least three weeks before your visit.

You can also camp nearby at Mt May. Private campgrounds at Flanagan’s Reserve near Yellow Pinch, Bigriggen and Mt Barney Lodge, just outside the park, provide toilet and shower facilities for family camping.


Bushwalks are rough trails with steep pinches unsuitable for young children, the elderly and anyone without sound fitness. Walkers must complete a bushwalker safety form and leave it with a reliable friend or family member. Take warm, waterproof clothing, plenty of food and water (at least two litres a day for each person), a compass, the Mt Lindesay 1:25 000 topographic map, a torch and spare batteries, a cyalume light stick (optional), matches and a first aid kit.


Wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided at the Lower Portals carpark and Yellow Pinch picnic area.

Getting there

Mt Barney is about 90 minutes to two hours’ drive or 117km from Brisbane, via the Mt Lindesay Highway and Boonah–Rathdowney Road.

Take the Mt Lindesay Highway south to Rathdowney. Turn into the Boonah–Rathdowney Road 1km past Rathdowney and travel 8km to the Barney View–Upper Logan Road. Turn left and follow the signs 12km to Yellow Pinch. For the Lower Portals, turn right off the Barney View–Upper Logan Road into Sidenspinner Road.

From Boonah, drive 39km south and turn off to Yellow Pinch and the Lower Portals on the Upper Logan Road, just past the Logan River crossing. Access to Graces, off Boonah–Rathdowney Road, is suitable for four-wheel-drive

Sources & Further reading


Last updated 05.11.2008



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