Mt Barney is the seventh or eighth highest mountain (depends on what is classed as a mountain!) in Queensland and the third highest in southern Queensland. It's much more than another high peak, it is a complex series of summits and huge cliff faces. These provide spectacular open views and make this the most desirable peak with bushwalkers from Brisbane.
There are no constructed tracks here and no easy routes. All require scrambling up cliff faces and rocky slabs and on many, use of a safety rope is advised. For anyone with a fear of heights avoid this place.
The most popular and easiest route is the South Ridge which is also known as Peasants Ridge. This ridge is regarded as easy by experienced off-track walkers but still has its difficult spots. There is also some danger and deaths from falls have occurred so don't underestimate the difficulties or dangers.
The other popular ridges are considerably more difficult with
Eagles Ridge, North-East Ridge, Logans Ridge and South-East Ridge
being popular. All the ridges take most of a day to ascend and
most parties camp on top. For strong groups with prior knowledge
of the easier ridges, day trips to the top and back are possible. Note
that access to some ridges cross private land and permission is
required for this.
There is no 'standard' walk on Mt Barney. There are a wide variety of trips and it is also possible to link the peak into through walks to Mt Maroon and Mt Ernest.
Many groups attempting Mt Barney need to be rescued. While in
tropics, this mountain is quite high and does get alpine style weather
and can be very cold and wet. Another factor is twilight in the tropics
is short and hence darkness falls quite quickly and many groups have
been benighted on this peak. It is strongly recommended that for your
first trip to this peak, go with someone was has climbed the mountain
The mountain is located about 100km south-west of the states capital, Brisbane.
Access is by private vehicle as there are no bus services to the mountain. Good highways lead to the area, then a series of minor roads are followed to the start of the routes. The closest camping area to the peak is at Yellowpinch Reserve.
Good topographical 1:25,000 maps are available. Either the special forestry/national park map or the SUNMAP 1:25000 Mt Lindesay cover most routes. Other 1:25,000 maps might be needed if planning a through trip. Good track notes are available in Secrets of the Scenic Rim by Robert Rankin and Bushpeople's Guide to Bushwalking in South-Eastern Queensland
As with all Queensland parks, permits are required for camping. Mt Barney is very popular with local walkers and it is suggested to book permits well in advance. A quota applies to how many can camp out (a maximum of 12 applies to each site) and many walkers have to visit the peak on day trips. Permits for camping cost A$3.50 per person per night.