The Lower Portals track is in Mount Barney National Park. The distinctive peaks of Mount Barney, Mount Maroon, Mount May, Mount Lindesay, Mount Ernest, Mount Ballow and Mount Clunie make up Mount Barney National Park. These rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago. The park has extremely varied vegetation with open forests around the foothills of the peaks, subtropical rainforest above 600 metres and montane heath shrublands towards the summits.
There are long, steep climbs on unformed trails to the summit of Mount Barney, which should only be attempted by very fit walkers. However there are three maintained tracks at the base of Mount Barney. The 7.4 kilometre Lower Portals track leaves from the Lower Portals car park and goes to the Lower Portals, a beautiful pool along a gorge on Mount Barney Creek. This walk has moderate to steep gradients and requires about 3 hours walking time. This track has a moderately difficult grade.
The Mount Barney track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.
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