- Experience true untouched wilderness
- Paradise for bushwalkers
- Photogenic peaks
- Grand scale
Mount Barney seems to loom and shadow over the park as you enter it. You are humbled by its size, scale and prominence as you get closer and closer to it. We were itching to start our climb, but that was tomorrow’s job!
Part of the ‘Scenic Rim’ Mount Barney is surrounded by World Heritage Gondwana rainforest and stands a cool 1354m high (1000m from surrounding plains). We had booked accommodation with the Mount Barney Lodge near the base of the mountain and were given a spectacular view for sunset while being treated with amazing photographic compositions. We had a beautiful site on the edge of the fence line with our own fire pit, table, and a view we won’t forget of Mt Maroon to the north.
We set off for the summit around 11:30am after a relaxing and laid back morning. Our planned route was South ‘Peasants’ Ridge, which is said to be the easiest way up and down the mountain, so we thought why not!
To be honest, the walk was hard and prolonged. It seemed as though the mountain didn’t end, meanwhile its scale haunted us as we looked up to the top feeling like we weren’t making any progress. There are some tricky parts like the chimney, where you climb about 10m vertical up rock, but in general the walk is just big boulders.
Our night consisted of howling wind and freezing conditions but it didn’t drop our spirits because we were keen for the moody conditions in the morning. Forgetting the wind and the cold, it was absolutely sublime being on top of the world feeling so much power around us. Clouds were racing past us at 100kph, or so we think. We managed to get stunning moody photographic compositions which made the trip well worth it. It wasn’t the sunny sunrise we wanted but we got something special instead.
- A good tent — it can get extremely windy (80kph when we summited)
- Warm gear in winter — thermals, alpine jacket, beanie etc.
- An excellent pair of hiking shoes that fit well because of its steep nature
- Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking gear and enough food and water for climb up and down. I’d recommend 5-6 litres
- Camera with a wide and long lens for different perspectives, along with a tripod as it can get windy
- First aid kit
How To Get There
Mount Barney National Park
- Amazing views from the summit and surrounding peaks
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