Gold Coast and Scenic Rim national parks

Mount Barney’s East Peak Photo: Steve Browne © Qld Govt Mt Maroon Mt May McPherson Range Mt Clunie Lower Portals Upper Portals Maroon Dam Yellow Pinch Reserve Mt Ernest New South Wales Mt Ballow N e w m a n R d C o t s w o l d B o o n a h – R a t h d o w n e y R d M t B a r n e y R d B u r n e t t C r e e k R d L o g a n R i v e r R d Upper Logan Rd West Barney Peak East Barney Peak Mt Lindesay Mt Lindesay Highway 3 4 2 Waterfall Creek Rd To Woodenbong To Rathdowney To Boonah B u r n e t t C k 1 5km Scale 0 Highlights • Watch the many moods of Mount Barney from the YellowPinch lookout and don’t even raise a sweat! • Sit quietly beside crystal-clear Mount Barney Creek at the Lower Portals and scout for tell-tale bubbles of platypus activity breaking on the water’s surface. Getting there From Mt Lindesay Highway turn right onto Boonah–Rathdowney Road at Rathdowney and left onto Barney View–Upper Logan Road, following signs to either Lower Portals or Yellow Pinch. To get to the Upper Portals track, turn off the Boonah–Rathdowney Road onto Newman Road, then turn left onto the Waterfall Creek Road. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is required for access beyond Waterfall Creek Reserve. 3 Lower Portals track 7.4km return (3hr) Discover the delights of beautiful rock pools along a gorge on Mount Barney Creek. 4 Upper Portals track 8km return (3hr) Crisscross Yamahra Creek through patches of rainforest, eucalypt and hoop pine forest before refreshing at a cool waterhole. Summit routes Summit routes are not walking tracks! Climb with a capable, experienced leader and follow a route guide to navigate over the steep terrain. Places to camp Remote bush camping All remote camping sites in Mount Barney National Park can only be reached by foot. Minimal impact camping is encouraged within the park—please, if you pack it in, pack it out. There are no facilities at the camp sites. Rising dramatically above the surrounding grazing and farmlands, mounts Barney, Maroon, May, Ernest, Ballow and Clunie form a hiking mecca. These peaks are important refuges for animals such as the endangered Eastern bristlebird and threatened brush-tailed rock wallaby. You don’t have to climb Mount Barney to discover the park’s many gems. Things to do Wildlife spotting See kingfishers swoop over rock pools and honeyeaters and robins flitting in the trees. Grey kangaroos and red-necked wallabies bound through the foothills. Places to go 1 Yellow Pinch lookout 2km return (1hr) Learn about the geological history of this ancient landscape—volcanoes and ring faults, and be mesmerised by the commanding presence of Mount Barney before you. 2 Cronan Creek Falls 12km return (4hr) Walk along the picturesque rock-tumbled Cronan Creek as it meanders through cool green riparian rainforest to the falls. Mount Barney National Park Only the very experienced can climb sheer, rugged mountains to witness awe-inspiring views of craggy ridges and distant ranges. Safety Climbing the peaks of Mount Barney National Park is extremely challenging, with exposed rocky sections, steep cliffs and areas requiring rock scrambling and climbing skills. All summit routes should only be attempted by fit and experienced people. Clouds on the summit can make navigation challenging. A high level of fitness, bush navigation and map reading experience, and thorough preparation are essential. 20