Mt Barney Lodge began in the late 1980s when John and Jenny Larkin purchased the original Hardgrave farmhouse(Moringararah), which was built in the 1900s.
Over a 10 year period the rest of the Lodge was established to include a camping ground with modern amenities, a second homestead, and two rustic cabins. John & Jenny owned the property for nearly 15 years, and developed and revegetated it from a run-down abandoned farm to a widely recognised getaway destination.
In December 2003, Innes and Tracey Larkin commenced managing the property and in June 2006 they purchased it from John and Jenny. Since then, they have added 2 new deluxe camper trailers to the accommodation options, and expanded their services to include adventure activities, environmental education, and provide country style hospitality to groups and conference attendees. The function room under Boolamoola is used frequently through Wilderness First Aid Courses, craft weekends, corporate meetings, weddings and special functions.
"Our market is as varied as our accommodation. We appeal to a wide range of people, from young agile bushwalkers; the nature seeker; school groups; and senior citizens sharing a rock-pool with their toddler grandchild. We are unique in that we can accommodate and provide meals for groups of up to 46 people, or you can self-cater in the fully self-contained facilities."
"Families from a radius of Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Lismore, through to the Gold Coast make up the bulk of our guests, and some are returning for their tenth time! We assure you that we'll be doing all we can to ensure your stay is memorable."
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin" - W.Shakespeare
Our aim at Mt Barney Lodge is to provide a country retreat set in amongst nature, for people to rest, recreate, and recharge their batteries.
Our philosophy is based on living in harmony with people and nature, and we aim to project this philosophy towards our guests so that they leave feeling more at ease with themselves and with the world.
Being located at the base of Queensland’s 4th highest mountain (1359m), we are an ideal point of departure for those fit and adventurous enough to climb Mt Barney and its associated peaks. Mt Barney Lodge is secluded from any main roads, surrounded by nature and offers spectacular views to the mountains that categorize this area as the 3rd most significant biological hotspot in Australia. Without a doubt, we live in an extremely special place, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
We follow the ideals of ecotourism, and achieved NEAP accreditation in March, 2002. We promote minimal impact bushwalking, and ask you to be thoughtful as you walk in the bush. For this reason our Lodge is not an appropriate place to bring your pets.
We strive to create an atmosphere for our guests that is hospitable, helpful, and stimulating. We hope you enjoy your look around, and we look forward to hearing from you...
Innes and Tracey
"Birdsong; Nature in Balance; Sweet Peace; Soul Food"
"Fresh air, bird calls, the music of the river and beauty the eye cannot believe"
"Our stay has been made so very special with nature providing us that gift we feel so fortunate to appreciate. Clear blue skies, Spring fresh mornings... the full moon took 180 seconds from first tip to full rounded moon to rise above the eastern range. Our most gracious thank-you to our host family"
"Hard to say what I enjoyed the most... The scenery, the bird song or the cool breeze. I loved the white throated honeyeaters the most. We enjoyed watching the squabbles between the noisy miners and a kookaburra. The kookaburra wasn’t too worried. Then some magpies joined in. We were dive bombed and strafed by wood swallows darting in and out of the veranda. We marvelled at the rosellas showing off across the front lawn. Loved the whip bird down near the river. The constant cacophony from the magpies, crows, lorikeets, parrots and what I think was a drongo were highlights. Loved the frogs and cicadas at night. Saw the best shooting star of my life last night. Felt my soul being restored"
"Just magic... Listen to that silence!! Peace, tranquillity, heaven, plus homely touches"
"Wonderful to hear the fall of rain on the roof and see clouds over the mountain. The perfect weekend"
"’Jurassic Park’ Primal rainforest. Many new flowers, plants and orchids. Giant land snail"
"Wonderful place! Thanks for the fresh herbs. Hope to be back"
"Wonderful flowers on Mt Earnest"
"The spirit of Barney calls; Mecca awaits; the true believers come; we who thought we had conquered her are time and time again conquered by her; she will remain. But to appreciate her you must stand atop of her. Innes, thank you for your friendly welcome to two wanderers of the road"
"The backdrop of the storm clouds over Mt Barney in the afternoon, were spectacular. Loved seeing babblers again; green pastures; great walks; fresh picked wildflowers and a lovely home, all made for a great weekend"
"Lovely, relaxing stay at the homestead. Wish we had longer. Completed the Lower Portals walk and will return for the summit of Mt Barney! Thanks Tracey and Innes"
"We’ve had a wonderful time. The Sunset Eco Tour was a highlight. Thanks Innes and Tracey"
"Gorgeous walks and views. We had a lovely visit."
"We came, we climbed (SE ridge), we limped home – happy. A fabulous weekend. Thanks Innes and Tracey."
"Thanks Innes and Tim – without a guide, we wouldn’t have made it to the top!! Your encouragement was fabulous. Not being a climber – not even a serious walker; the climb was fantastic"
"My favourite activity was abseiling and I never would have done the 30metres without you Innes"
"Innes, thank you for an unforgettable day climbing/sliding West Peak. A feeling of euphoria reaching the top. Truly sensational. Thank you for keeping us safe, a beautiful lunch and adding a special element to our climb. A little sore today, but we most definitely will be back."
"Once again, we had a wonderful weekend. The walked to the base of Mt Lindsay was beautiful. Thanks Innes and Tracey"
"Came 12 000 miles to enjoy the scenery, and climb Maroon. Hope in the future to share this place with family and friends"
"Fantastic creek walk"
"After many years away, it was exhilarating to climb the flanks of this sublime peak once again, despite the sacrifice of 10 000 scratches demanded by the great mountain. And what better way to finish the day’s efforts by watching the sun set behind the mountains from the veranda. What great views, what a great place!"
"We are having an absolute ball here. Thank-you! P.S. we liked having a great adventure!!"
"Lovely place, lovely house, lovely view, lovely hosts. We’ll be back in spring for the wild flower walk and or the Barney climb"
"Thank you for your hospitality. A wonderful experience. We’ll never forget climbing the mountain. Thank you both."
"I liked climbing on the rocks, but most of all, was going to the Lower Portals. I liked the bush walk, the hills were a bit too big for me and my friend, but we made it and got to climb the rocks and put our feet in the water. Thank you for the holiday."
"Really enjoyed peasant’s ridge and hope to come back again"
"Delightful place, full of charm and simplicity. Joy of the stay made all the more so by a successful ascent of East Peak – a return visit of 18+ years ago"
"This is a fabulous spot; we had a great time and really enjoyed all the activities."