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Mt Barney Lodge, QLD

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Mt Barney National Park is 90km south-west of Brisbane. Mounts Barney, Maroon, May and Lindesay all rise majestically above farmlands. The rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano that erupted 24 million years ago.

Mt Barney's twin peaks dominate the park that became part of the World Heritage-listed Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves in 1994. Surrounding the peaks are numerous mountains, steep valleys, caves, woodland forest and deep rock pools. Mt Barney also has very rare plant life.

Moringararah was a farmhouse in the 1900s, and was purchased in the 1980s by John and Jenny Larkin. They developed the run-down and abandoned farm into a great holiday destination.

Moringararah is the charming original farmhouse and Boolamoola is a gracious old Queenslander. The whole house is yours — there is no television, phone, computer or video. Curl up in front of a potbelly stove on a chilly night and wake to the sound of birds enjoying the colourful native garden. Enjoy breakfast on the veranda as you take in the mountain views. Just take your linen and food along — or ask the owners to provide it for you.

Foresters and Henry's are the property's rustic huts. The country havens are in serene and peaceful surroundings, and have colonial verandas for relaxing and enjoying the views.

The camping ground is close to the Mt Barney National Park and gives immediate access to walks and nature. Facilities include shady grassed campsites, full-creek frontage, a modern, tiled amenities block and fully serviced campground with two powered sites and two deluxe camper trailers for hire.

It's all about harmony between people and nature and the owners follow the ecotourism ideal.

Visitors can self-cater or pre-order hearty meals that are delivered to your door — or tent flap.

There's plenty to do to recharge your batteries: minimal-impact bushwalking; swimming in the creeks or joining the adventure-activity programs conducted by the property's outdoor leaders. For the more adventurous, you can have a go at climbing Mt Barney. It is wild and rugged and, at 1359 metres, is Queensland's fourth-highest peak.

The nearby Endeavour Park Dairy Farm has been run by the Klan family for 85 years. Visitors are most welcome at the afternoon milking. They have around 100 Aussie Red cows, all living in a rustic farm setting. You can hand feed greedy little calves and see their mothers being milked by hand or mechanical milkers.

There is an old-fashioned cream separator, and many gadgets and techniques used by pioneers are on show.


Ninety minutes north of Brisbane.


Mt Barney camping is $10 a night for adults and $5 for children. Camper trailers are $75 for two a night, plus regular camping fees for each additional guest. Cabins are $110 for two one night, plus $25 a night for each additional guest. Homesteads are $180 for two people per night and $35 a night for each additional guest. There is a minimum stay of two nights over weekends.

Europcar has cars from Brisbane starting at $33 a day.

Virgin Blue has flights to Brisbane.

One-way fares from:

  • Sydney $105
  • Adelaide $139
  • Hobart $149
  • Melbourne $155
  • Darwin $209
  • Perth $309

There are limited seats that may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person, per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at June 5, 2008 and are subject to change.

Prices correct at June 5, 2008.

For further information

Mt Barney Lodge
1093 Upper Logan Road
Barney View 4287
Ph/Fax: (07) 5544 3233

Endeavour Park Dairy Farm
548 Barney View Road
Rathdowney 4287
Ph: (07) 5544 3140
Ph: 1300 131 390

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

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