Mt Barney is one of the most iconic peaks in South East Queensland. It’s been on my “to climb” list since we moved to Brisbane, and this weekend I finally got to tick it off.
The first thing to know before you head up Mt Barney is that there are two peaks – the West Peak (the highest) and the East Peak (the most popular). We climbed the East Peak. There are several different routes to the top and I recommend downloading the MapsMe app on your phone, as it shows you most of the trails and helps to keep you on your chosen path. We went up the South East Ridge, and came down the South (Peasants) Ridge. The South East Ridge had nicer views and was also shorter (but was slightly steeper and more exposed).
HOW TO GET THERE
Both trails start and finish at the Yellow Pinch Carpark at the end of Upper Logan Road (2hrs south of Brisbane). You then walk along a road for a while before getting into find the start of the trail. If you want to make a weekend of it, there are some great camping options nearby.
It starts quite gradually and you spend a while in the trees before the path opens up. There are plenty of great view points on the way up the South East Ridge, so get an early start – the sunrise is incredible.
About half way up, the real fun starts (if scrambling is your idea of fun!). There is a bit of climbing involved and it can be a bit slippery, but it isn’t too dangerous so long as you take it slow. We really enjoyed this part of the hike. There are awesome views the entire way up (just remember to also watch where you’re putting your feet!). Eventually, you’ll reach the top and be rewarded with some great views across the scenic rim.
We stopped for food and coffee at the top, then picked our way across the East Ridge towards the West Peak. This part was a little tricky as the path isn’t obvious most of the way, MapsMe definitely helped at this point. Once we got to the Rum Jungle camp, we found the South Ridge track (also called Peasants Ridge). It’s well marked and easy to follow back down.
All in all, we really enjoyed our trip up Mt Barney. The whole hike took 6hrs, included time for photos and two stops for food (yeah, we love snacks!). It’s worth nothing the Queensland park recommends 8-10hrs for this trail, so always allow plenty of time if it’s your first time heading up.
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT
- Snacks – you’ll need plenty of energy for this one!
- Lots of water
- MapsMe on your phone
- Warm clothes – its does get cold and windy at the top.