Hiking Mount Barney


  • Name:Mount Barney
  • Location:Scenic Rim, QLD, 130km south west of Brisbane
  • Summit elevation:1,359m
  • Elevation change:1,132m
  • Round-trip distance from trailhead*: 18km
  • Round-trip time from trailhead**:10hrs
  • Difficulty: Very Hard
  • Water on trail:Yes (Located along base near first campsites then at stream at the saddle must filter)
  • Trailhead facilities:Free parking
  • Date: 10th May 2015
  • Team: Jarryd & Rhys

Mount Barney is one of the toughest day hikes I have done in Australia to date.

If you’re looking for a full day adventure with a decent amount of scrambling then this is the mountain for you. After much discussion and research on how to go about this hike we choose the SE Ridge Accent and Peasants Decent (Longer) but smoother on our joints.

* NOTE : AussieBushWalking.com  states 14.4km and the KML file we followed was 14.2km and 9hrs for an ascent of Mt Barney via South East Ridge and descent via Peasants Ridge. I agree with time however upon looking at my KML file we walking approximately 18km, we did investigate the Rum Jungle Camping ground and nearby creek for some freshwater.

**NOTE: The round-trip time for this hike listed above is based on my own personal experience. Do not assume this information to be a reliable representation of reality.


  • Region:McPherson Range, Mt Barney National Park
  • Trailhead parking: Yes
  • Trailhead coordinates:  -28.286528° 152.726142°
  • Summit coordinates:  -28.280586° 152.698416° 


Access to Yellow Pinch Picnic area on Upper Logan Rd



Mt Barney Trail 3d

“Head to the locked gate at Yellowpinch and follow the gravel road uphill to Yellowpinch, go through the metal gate at the top and start walking downhill for about 2.5 km to a crossing of the Logan River. Follow along this road up through Cronan Creek for about another kilometre until you pass campsite 10 and look for a track on your right that goes steeply uphill.

The start of the South East ridge track is marked by a tree that has a Cross etched onto the trunk. At the top turn left and head uphill along a footpath when you come to a rock outcrop go to the right and keep heading up hill. At the next outcrop go left then right, where you should end up on a narrow ridge. Keep going up! until you come to a steep deep gully go down and heading to the left climb an obvious route up.20150510_103149_184 Keep going up past a razor back ridge. Where after a while you will come to a shallow gully where you head uphill to the right to rocky slab that is a bit slippery so be careful. Keep going uphill follow the trail until another steep section and rock slab. 20150510_122052Keep going and the summit soon comes into view. Keep going uphill with a few scrambles to the top of a rocky knoll. I found I reached here in about 3 and half hours from Yellowpinch and followed the faint trail through scrub uphill to the summit.

Once you finish enjoying the summit head west and downhill for about an hour aiming for what looks like the creek There are obviously many different descent routes some over rock slabs some down gullies. Generally, follow a south by south west bearing.  Once at the Campsite or as its called Rum Jungle cross the creek and showing the way. After 10 mins or so the route descends.


Decending to the Saddle

There will be some orange survey triangles. Keep the rocks to your left as the track steeply descends a narrow rocky ridge. When you descend to a small clearing the trail turns right then left and keep going down till you come to a steep rocky slab that can be slippery. Descend this carefully! keep following the path downhill till you reach the sign at the beginning of Peasants Ridge. Follow the road to the beginning of SE Ridge and retrace your steps back to the carpark at Yellowpinch. This walk was done when the weather was good and rock dry” Aussie Bushwalkers

No need to paraphrase this as we followed these simple directions plus someone’s KML file on my Garmin GPS.





Summit of Mount Barney 1359m



If you’re up for a serious challenge and want to have your ass kicked, then Mount Barney is exactly what you’re looking for. We couldn’t walk properly for days our knees were burnt out.