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Mount Barney

Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this World Heritage-listed park an outstanding place to visit.
Mount Barney is one of Queensland's highest and most impressive peaks, and is part of the Scenic Rim and Mount Barney National Park. The Park encompasses the largest area of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in South East Queensland. The mountain's sheer rugged peaks, caves, crevices and steep unforgiving landscape are best suited to experienced bushwalkers and rock climbers. At the base of the mountain, easier tracks can be found taking walkers to pristine rock pools and lush rainforest.

The eastern face of the mountain is a sheer 300 metre cliff, presenting a meaty challenge for the country's best rock climbers. Abseilers also regularly test their mettle on nearby escarpments.

The mountain is home to rare and important species including platypus, kingfishers, Coxen's Fig Parrot, robins, rock wallabies, kangaroos and many birds of prey. Vegetation is varied and includes eucalypt forest, River she-oaks, bottlebrushes, Golden Silky oaks, patches of rainforest and Antarctic Beech Forest.

The mountains and valleys around Mount Barney are the traditional homes of the Mununjali, Githabul and Yugambeh people. The mountain is considered sacred to these people and before European settlement corroborees would be held around the bora ring at the bottom of nearby Mount Ernest.

Accommodation options in the area range from friendly farm stays to cabins and limited camping.

Mt Barney is approximately two hours by car south west from Brisbane via Beaudesert and Rathdowney.

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
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Main Range National Park

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Main Range National Park traverses the Cunningham Highway near Ipswich and Warwick in the Southern Downs Area. This heritage-listed ancient rainforest links South East Queensland's Scenic Rim in the east with an arc of Gondwana lined peaks, ridges and escarpments to the west. Commence by heading towards Goomburra on the unsealed road to the Dalrymple Circuit and camp at Spicers Gap or Goomburra. Keep your camera poised for the seldom seen Albert's lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristlebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Plan lunch at Cunningham's Gap picnic area where the highway's cross, and explore the Rainforest Circuit with ancient volcanic views over the Fassifern Valley and Lake Moogerah - popular with boaties and anglers. Enjoy the sights of Queen Mary Falls at the lookout giving views of water plummeting 40 metres below into Spring Creek. Challenge yourself on a full day hike to summit Mount Cordeaux or Mount Mitchell and explore the Pioneer Graves Track or the 300 metre return to Governors Chair lookout, the large rock on the edge of the cliff face.

Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Nestled amongst the foothills of World Heritage-listed, Mt Barney National Park, Mt Barney Lodge is a unique country escape that offers a variety of accommodation and Eco Accredited adventure activities. Their award winning activities are diverse, educational, and are tailored to suit participants of different ages, fitness levels and abilities. Activities range from a Sunset Eco Walk for the nature lovers; exciting interpretative activities for the children such as the famous Kids Night Adventure; or guided walks up Mt Barney, rock climbing or abseiling for the adventure seeker. For those wanting to explore on their own, the surrounding national park offers spectacular views, endangered wildlife, rare plants and cascading rivers all at the back door of Mt Barney Lodge. Why not come and explore on your own, with a friend, or allow them to lead you into the depths of this precious World Heritage-listed National Park.

Mount Barney National Park

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Mount Barney National Park is a wild, World Heritage-listed park boasting seven rugged mountains and the remains of an ancient volcano. Its cascading creeks and pristine forest habitats preserve many rare plants and vulnerable animal species unique to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Its peaks act as a global magnet to highly skilled and adventurous bushwalkers. For a leisurely visit, drive to Yellow Pinch picnic area and photograph kingfishers swooping over the water. If reasonably fit and equipped, walk in to camp at Cronan Creek (from Yellow Pinch), the Upper Portals (from Cleared Ridge), or the Lower Portals (from Lower Portals carpark). Only skilled hikers should attempt other walks in the park.

Moogerah Peaks National Park

Moogerah, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Four ancient volcanic peaks in the fertile Fassifern Valley form the Moogerah Peaks National Park. Hoop pines grow in dry rainforests near the summits. Three of the parks four sections are easily accessed and offer different experiences. Mount French, known internationally for its Frog Buttress rock climbing site, has visitor facilities and a small camping area. The Mount French picnic area has lookouts with views to Cunninghams Gap and Lamington National Park. Logans lookout (previously known as the North Cliff lookout) has wheelchair access. Mount Edwards can be reached after a picnic on the bank of Lake Moogerah and climbed by the fit for views of the surrounding countryside. On craggy Mount Greville, experienced walkers will enjoy exploring palm and waterfall gorges.

Aratula

Aratula, Scenic Rim Area
The small village of Aratula, at the foot of Cunningham's Gap in South East Queensland, has long served as a resting place for weary travellers crossing the Great Dividing Range. The town offers a range of accommodation options including caravan parks and motels. Aratula is surrounded by beautiful natural areas including the Moogerah Peaks National Park and Main Rain National Park. Located in the Fassifern Valley, the four peaks of Moogerah have been carved from volcanic rock and the inaccessibility of the area has spared the natural vegetation from clearing by European settlers. The Park shelters eucalypt forest, sheer cliffs, and patches of rainforest. The cliffs on Mount French are a favourite with rock climbers, but not for the inexperienced or faint of heart. Palm Gorge on nearby Mount Greville in home to a nearly pure strand of Picabeen Palms. On the southern edge of Moogerah Peaks National Park lies Lake Moogerah, a popular spot for waterskiing, jet skiing, boating and fishing. The local council runs a caravan park on the shores of the lake and other facilities include electric and wood barbecues, two boat ramps, children's playground, kiosk and kayak hire. To the west of Aratula lies the Main Range National Park, home of plants found nowhere else in the world. The Park is part of the Scenic Rim and offers many walking tracks that explore the rainforest and escarpments. Along the way you'll enjoy glorious sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. By road, Aratula is 30 minutes' drive south west of Ipswich and an hour from Brisbane.

Mount Barney

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this World Heritage-listed park an outstanding place to visit. Mount Barney is one of Queensland's highest and most impressive peaks, and is part of the Scenic Rim and Mount Barney National Park. The Park encompasses the largest area of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in South East Queensland. The mountain's sheer rugged peaks, caves, crevices and steep unforgiving landscape are best suited to experienced bushwalkers and rock climbers. At the base of the mountain, easier tracks can be found taking walkers to pristine rock pools and lush rainforest. The eastern face of the mountain is a sheer 300 metre cliff, presenting a meaty challenge for the country's best rock climbers. Abseilers also regularly test their mettle on nearby escarpments. The mountain is home to rare and important species including platypus, kingfishers, Coxen's Fig Parrot, robins, rock wallabies, kangaroos and many birds of prey. Vegetation is varied and includes eucalypt forest, River she-oaks, bottlebrushes, Golden Silky oaks, patches of rainforest and Antarctic Beech Forest. The mountains and valleys around Mount Barney are the traditional homes of the Mununjali, Githabul and Yugambeh people. The mountain is considered sacred to these people and before European settlement corroborees would be held around the bora ring at the bottom of nearby Mount Ernest. Accommodation options in the area range from friendly farm stays to cabins and limited camping. Mt Barney is approximately two hours by car south west from Brisbane via Beaudesert and Rathdowney.

Moogerah

Moogerah, Scenic Rim Area
Moogerah is located one hour's drive south west of Brisbane via the Cunningham Highway. For a little more scenery, take the route from Ipswich or the Gold Coast through Boonah's countryside. Just outside Moogerah, you'll find the spectacular Moogerah Peaks and five minutes away to the north-east, lies beautiful Lake Moogerah. Lake Moogerah is a popular destination for boating, fishing, water-skiing or for having a picnic on the grassy banks. The lake has been stocked with Australian Bass, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Mary River Cod and Saratoga. You will need a permit to fish but there are no boating restrictions on the lake and two concrete launching ramps are provided. The Moogerah Peaks were formed from volcanic activity over 22 million years ago and consist of Mt French, Mt Greville, Mt Moon and Mt Edwards. These peaks are popular with bushwalkers and climbers and are known for their challenging terrain. Mt French in particular is internationally renowned for its spectacular cliff faces. The peaks offer bushwalkers a physical challenge and the opportunity to experience their rugged grandeur and extensive views in relative solitude. Vegetation is mostly open eucalypt forest with heath on exposed rock faces and some rainforest in sheltered areas. The nearby township of Aratula offers coffee shops, a bakery, restaurant, antique stores, fresh produce and gift ware. In the opposite direction, a short drive to Kalbar, Boonah or Mt Alford will provide you with opportunities to visit country pubs, coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries. Some local flower farms are also of interest. Hotel, motel and caravan park accommodation is available within the area. There is a shire caravan park at Lake Moogerah and several good camping grounds nearby.

Boonah

Boonah, Scenic Rim Area
Just one hour from downtown Brisbane, located in the heart of the Scenic Rim is beautiful Boonah, one of the most picturesque areas in South East Queensland. The superb scenery of rugged mountains and peaceful lakes allow for great scenic drives, horse riding, bushwalking, mountaineering, sky diving, gliding and water sports. The area boasts numerous picnic spots, country style accommodation, camping areas and seven National Parks that provide unsurpassed panoramas of Mount French, Mount Edwards, The Head, Mount Greville, Mount Maroon and Cunninghams and Spicers Gap. Lovers of the great outdoors can escape the stress of the city in the idyllic setting of Lake Moogerah and Lake Maroon, ideal for camping and fast becoming Queensland's most popular place for sailing, fishing, water skiing, parasailing and paddle boating. The township of Boonah offers a range of shops and services along with that special brand of country hospitality that comes from taking time to enjoy life.

Lake Maroon

Boonah, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Just one hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, Lake Maroon is located in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Boonah. Lake Maroon is ideal for camping and fast becoming one of Queensland's most popular places for sailing, fishing, water skiing, parasailing and paddle boating. The Lake Maroon recreation area is located next to the dam wall, off Maroon Dam Road, and the boat ramp is opposite, off Slater Park Road. The following activities are available: barbecuing and picnicking, boating (powered and non-powered), camping (in designated areas), canoeing and kayaking, fishing, jet skiing and waterskiing, and sailing. For more information visit the nearby Boonah Visitor Information Centre.
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