Mountain Fit


The Scenic Rim is home to World-Heritage listed National Parks, iconic mountain peaks and literally kilometres of formed and signposted walking tracks that are open year-round to public access.

This area is popular to tourists of all kinds – in fact some make it their holiday destination simply because of the quality and variety of the bushwalking.

If you are keen to get into bushwalking, but are thinking twice about it because of fitness, lack of experience or confidence, or because you don’t have a “tribe” to go with …. Mt Barney Lodge has the solution – we are going to help you get Mountain Fit!

Starting in autumn, Mt Barney Lodge is offering a Mountain Fit bushwalking series to get you focussed and motivated. Depending on your fitness level, choose from either “low elevation” walks or "medium elevation walks" – complete the series of three walks and be eligible to also register in the future for the harder “medium and/or high elevation” walking series. It is recommended that you also plan a weekly walking fitness routine to improve your endurance. We'll send you our training template.

Over three months on a Friday morning, we have put together a series of graduated hikes with a focus topic to help you gain the knowledge and skills to become an independent bushwalker. Inclusions = expert guiding, bus transfers from meetup points, freshly made tea, coffee and cake on each walk.

The Low and Medium Elevation Mountain Fit all-inclusive package is $165 each.

All walks commence at 8.00am from the meeting point (to be advised after registration).

In 2020 we will be adding High Elevation Mountain Fit Series.

To join, email Mt Barney Lodge and request the Mountain Fit sign-on forms.

Further enquiries can be directed to 55443233.

*Mt Barney Lodge reserves the right to cancel/reschedule the walk date due to inclement weather, or where group numbers are below 4 people at sign-on.














Cronan Creek Cascades                                                                           Lower Portals


Mountain Fit Hike Descriptions – Low Elevation Series

Cronan Creek Cascades

Day: Friday 20 March 2020 

Distance: 12km return
Time: 5-6 hours

Focus topic: Leave no trace bushwalking principles
Details: This walk follows dirt roads, contoured walking tracks and old logging trails deep into the Mt Barney National Park. While most of the walk follows the valley floor as it slopes gently upwards to the source of the creeks, the initial saddle of Yellowpinch is short and steep, and there are a few gentle rollercoaster hills toward the end of the walk.

The path follows the picturesque rock-tumbled upper reaches of the Logan River and Cronan Creek and includes natural creek crossings across crystal-clear water. The vegetation is open eucalypt forest and pockets of rainforest until a short section of palm forest as the cascades are approached.


Lower Portals

Day: Friday 24 April 2020  

Distance: 10 km return
Time: 5+ hours

Focus topic: Rockhopping theory and skills
Details: This formed track has moderate to steep slopes and is rough and eroded in sections. The open eucalypt forest often has rare Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding along the track. There are two rocky creek crossings, the first one is often dry, but the second one at Mount Barney Creek always has a large flow of water. After visiting the iconic deep 50m pool set within a 30m rocky gorge, (after an optional swim!) we will also hike up and over a bluff to explore the upstream rocky creek bed which offers classic rockhopping.


Spicers Gap Circuit

Day: Friday 22 May 2020

Distance: 8.1km circuit
Time: 5+ hours

Focus topic: Safety in the bush. Stranger danger vs real danger
Details: Combine sweeping mountain scenery, 2 significant lookouts, a variety of habitats (including rainforest, open grasslands, eucalypt forest and grass trees) with pioneering heritage info and relics. This track is well-formed, but not graded, and is a great example of National Parks walks within the Scenic Rim.


Mountain Fit Hike Descriptions – Medium Elevation Series (FULL)

Paddy’s Peak

Day: Friday 20 March 2020

Distance: 7km

Time: 5-7 hours return

Focus topic: Daypack selection and packing

Paddy’s Peak (546m) is the tallest spur on a ridge between Mt Maroon and Mt Barney. The walk begins with an easy fire trail before a short, eroded pinch to the beautiful grass tree plain of Paddy’s Gully. The top of this pinch is adjacent to the top of the Golden Staircase Waterfall. The walk continues up past some cliff faces and over some rock slabs to the panoramic summit. Return is mostly downhill back to Drynans Hut.

Mt Gilles

Day: Friday 24 April 2020

Distance: 7km

Time: 5-7 hours return

Focus topic: Outdoor clothing

Details: Rarely climbed, Mt Gillies (641m) is home to some curious and unique geology including caves and steep rock columns. When you reach the top, admire the spectacular views over both Mt Barney National Park and the McPherson ranges.

Flinders Peak

Day: Friday 22 May 2020

Distance: 7km  

Time: 4-6 hours return 

Focus topic: Snake and tick bites

Details: A steeper and more technical climb up the north western ridge of Flinders Peak (680m). Expansive views of the Scenic Rim, Brisbane and Lamington Plateau. More rock slabs and scrambling and an occasional sighting of the elusive Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby.

Please feel free to give as a call on 07 5544 3233 or email for more information.


Get Mountain Fit with Mt Barney Lodge!!



1. What's the cost?

The cost is $165 for the three-hike package.

2. What’s included?

  • Professional Wilderness Guides
  • Bus transfers from pickup points
  • fresh tea, coffee and homemade cake on the hike

3. Do we need to have any experience in bushwalking?

No, none at all. We will ask you to fill in a medical form to ensure you can participate in the walks, however the "Low Elevation" walking package is designed as an entry-level walking series. Just a keen sense of adventure, a willingness to participate and a desire to have fun.

4. How fit do I have to be?

The Low Elevation Mountain Fit is designed for those who are not yet fit, but have a desire to work on their long-term fitness.
We will require you to fill out a medical information form, which will help us determine your suitability to join the group.

5. How many people will be in the group? 

There will be a maximum of 10 participants on the group, with a 1:6 ratio walker to leader.

6. Who is running the activities?    

The walking series is designed and run by qualified guides from Mt Barney Lodge. 

7. Where is Mt Barney Lodge located?

The lodge is located at the base of World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. It is located between Boonah and Rathdowney, approximately 2 hours south west of Brisbane. Exact location details can be found by clicking here.

8. Is there mobile reception?

Reception is very limited and unreliable. Take the opportunity for a digital detox!!

9. Can I book harder walks in the future?

In 2020 we will be offering our Medium Elevation and High Elevation walking series.

A increasing level of fitness will be required for the Medium and High Elevation series in 2020.

Stay tuned!!