Rockclimbing and guided mountain ascents, abseiling, rogaining, guided walks, outdoor education and navigation training – Mt Barney Lodge is an adventurer’s haven with many activities conducted on this incredible property or in the surrounding World Heritage National Park.
If you’re after an active Scenic Rim holiday, your options are many and varied with guided experiences suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
- For the kids – Mt Barney Lodge is an official Nature Play TM provider. Kids can complete their “missions” and gain stamps and stickers in their Passport. They will have more green time and less screen time during their stay. Mt Barney Lodge offers guided beginner rockclimbing on cliffs close to the Lodge; night adventures including spotlighting, nature immersion, games and damper-making; educational environmental activities including constructing a lantern and the Bushtucker Tracker looking at wild bush foods and finding the tracks and scats of the abundant native wildlife; and rogaining or orienteering with attitude, where children learn introductory navigation skills, finding well-hidden clues to solve a puzzle.
- Rock Adventures – for beginners to advanced, including abseiling on the scenic slopes of Mt Gillies (behind Mt Barney Lodge); lead-climbing at Queensland’s premier crack climbing crag Frog Buttress, Mt French; the Razorback multipitch climb (not for the height challenged!); the Hidden Valley challenge where you’ll abseil down a gorge and over two waterfalls; and the Golden Staircase – an exhilarating abseiling descent into a waterfall gorge.
- Guided Eco Walks – appreciate the natural beauty of this region and learn from your knowledgeable guide – Mt Barney Lodge’s Sunset Eco Walk introduces wildlife and an opportunity to taste wild bush foods before a sunset feast of local wine, olive oil and delicious cheeses; the Wildflower Walk ventures into World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park – leaving the tracks behind to find seasonal wildflowers and explore places very few people know about; and Yellowpinch Creek Walk is an opportunity to walk the banks of the upper catchments of the Logan River, learn about the area’s history and ecology as you pass through volcanic rock formations, coal seams and view ancient, untouched lands from a spectacular lookout.
- Mountain Expeditions – Exploring the Scenic Rim’s famous rugged terrain, including for the more adventurous, a guided expedition up Mt Barney, leaving the tracks behind to explore challenging ridges and mountain passes; Mt Gillies, where you’ll be guided through wildflower habitats, unique geology and steep rock columns to the mountain top with spectacular views over both Mt Barney National Park and the McPherson ranges; Mt Maroon to be guided up and over, passing through a fern and orchid gully before descending on a dry granite watercourse; Mt Earnest, for a different perspective on the Mt Barney Massif; Mt Lindesay base walk including rich rainforest, open-forest and towering summit cliffs above you; Mt Razorback 100m multipitch climb; the historic Stinson Wreck Walk – a challenging Lamington NP walk amongst ancient rainforests and steep rocky escarpments to the site of the 1937 plane crash; Mt Ballow – a Mt Barney National Park walk through two different types of Rainforests – the sub- tropical with its abundance of species and the unique, cool temperate ancient Antarctic Beech forest.
Points of interest
- Mt Barney Lodge also offers on site accommodation including rustic cabins, cozy homesteads and creekside camping. Explore your options in our accommodation pages.
- Adventure activities are also great for corporate groups - rock-climbing, abseiling and bushwalking tours offers great team building opportunities. Mt Barney Lodge also offers conference facilities and the unique Corporate Campout 5-star camping experience.
- Mt Barney Lodge also offers a Navigation workshop - This 2½-day course is aimed at getting all participants to be competent at navigating in difficult and trackless terrains - includes theory, a navigation-training manual to keep, and multiple walks based from the Lodge to really test out your new knowledge and skills.
- Children delight in Mt Barney Lodge's supervised opportunities to explore the bush - taste bush foods, touch leaves that look like sandpaper, smell the zesty leaves of a bush lemon tree, listen to cicadas and create something from nature.
- Mt Barney Lodge is fully Advanced Eco-Tourism accredited and promotes minimal impact bushwalking and sustainability in everyday life.
Things to do nearby
- When you're done with adventure and action, settle-in and enjoy a range of onsite Mt Barney Lodge accommodation, including rustic cabins, cozy homesteads and creekside camping.
- Nearby you'll also find vineyard cottage with winetastings and wood-fired pizza classes at the Italian cooking school.
- Further afield, enjoy scenic drives and the opportunity to explore our quaint country towns and villages - stop for a drink and meal at the pub or enjoy coffee and cake in a character cafe.
- Visit neighboring properties during A World Apart which is a free food and wine event held on the fourth weekend in May.