The beauty of weekends living in Brisbane is you can easily escape and not have to drive hours on end to do so. I’ve fallen in love with being able to leave the weeks stresses in the city as I drive towards a beautiful, tranquil place. Setting up the tent and then setting off to explore what that locations country side has to offer.
This time I travelled to Mt Barney with some friends. Going an hour and 20 minutes south-west out of Brisbane. Which you can travel on routes either through Beaudesert or Boonah. Depending where you are leaving from in Brisbane will decide which route you take. However, there will be little difference in distance between them (Google map location of Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat link here).
We set up camp at the Mt Barney lodge Country Retreat, under some huge trees and right next to a fire pit. I would also like to add the managers of the property are so welcoming and easy going. Straight away giving us tips on the best walks and water holes to explore in the area. Some of the walks I have never heard of and definitely haven’t read about in my research on the internet. Local knowledge will be the way to discover the areas secret little gems in the future.
There is an abundance of wildlife around the camping grounds that aren’t too afraid of humans, which is great. While we were setting up there were two goanna’s circling us, probably trying to see if we had any food they could rummage through. Accompanied by the sounds of the nearby creek trickling along, I instantly felt relaxed, even while setting up a tent.
Once everyone had arrived and set up all their gear, we went for a short walk turning left just outside the camp grounds. Following the stream a couple of hundred metres up, we arrived at the waterhole. Just above it was a lot of boulders and rocks that water flowed over beautifully. Tall trees surrounded us, creating a lovely canopy making the location feel isolated and peaceful. There was a rope swing and a very impressive split boulder that the boys were swinging and jumping off.
That afternoon you could justify just hanging around the campsite as the sun went down. To one side there was Mt Maroon with one peak high in the pink, purple and blue sun setting sky. Then there is Mt Barney in all its glory right in front of us. With rugged ridges and high peaks bare of trees, I believe it would be a hike well worth the effort. I unfortunately didn’t get time to climb it this time, as it’s an 8 hour return hike. I am scheduling a time very soon to dominate that mountain though and you will be the first to see the results. (Or click here for the map of Mt Barney National Park if you want to explore the area before I post about it).
The thing I love about camping is building a fire and watching it burn, the flames and ashes dancing around. Sitting around the fire with everyone else, talking about every topic under the sun. Joking, laughing and enjoying the serenity. The night may hide a lot from view, but it has its own beauty and charms that should be appreciated. Even with the cloud cover we got some glimpses of a sky full of bright stars. Such a spectacle that can’t be seen when living in the city.
The second waterhole we visited the next day was near the start of the hike up Mt Barney. This one also had a rope swing, but was in an awkward spot and pretty much useless. As this is the same river we were swimming in the day before, it looks quite similar. The only difference being there was more sunshine exposed as the tree’s cleared near the river and more rocks up stream for the water to cascade over. It was so relaxing to swim and float around, with no one else around, it was like our own private waterhole.
On our drive home I felt like I hadn’t even scratched the surface of what Mt Barney National Park area has to offer. It’s great to know though, that this little heavenly escape is reasonably close. My weekend felt like it had purpose and I enjoyed every minute of it. My ‘to-do’ list of hikes and waterholes is growing immensely and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Till next time, happy hiking and waterfall gallivanting :)
Check out more of the photo's from the weekend here