Navigation Workshop



This popular 2½-day course is aimed at getting all participants to be competent at navigating in difficult and trackless terrains. It includes theory, a navigation-training manual to keep, and multiple walks based from the Lodge to really test out your new knowledge and skills. If you are looking to include this competency in a Cert II/III/IV then with an additional worksheet you can apply for RPL, speak to Innes for more details.

We will be accessing some of the wilderness areas and potentially navigating through rainforest.

The course begins on the first night and has two full days following, and is particularly suited to a weekend and includes camping or shared Hut accommodation.


Check out the course route video here: Relive 'Morning hike - Mt Barney NP'


A Teacher’s Infectious Enthusiasm -  

Innes Larkin – Navigation Instructor



Photo credit - Jacquie Tapsall from her blog - Lost and Found - why you should do a navigation course


I don't know if words can truly explain how much of a legend Innes Larkin from Mt Barney Lodge, is. His knowledge about not only navigation, but on hiking, wildlife and the environment, is so impressive. To delve into the mind of Innes for 2 days is such a privilege.

Not only was he knowledgeable, but he expressed everything he knew in such a captivating, story-telling fashion. All you wanted to do was buckle up and enjoy the ride, immersing yourself in what he was teaching you.

You can tell that Innes has truly found his passion and really wants to spread it around. He was really patient when I was getting my grid north and grid bearings mixed up and when I was having a mental blank trying to locate us.

His background in teaching really shines through, but mainly he just cares and wants everyone to learn as much as we can in the 2-day time frame.

Testamonial from We Are Explorers - Sydney 2018

You can also follow up your newly acquired navigation skills with a Navigation Refresher walk. This is only available for participants who have already completed the Navigation Workshop. See more information here .  

Future Navigation Workshops

15 March to 17 March 2019- FULLY BOOKED  

10 May to 12 May 2019

 Bookings are essential and places are limited.

Email us NOW for booking forms, or to register your interest in future workshops.

 E: | P:  07 5544 3233


Activity Information:

Cost:  $280 per person - Includes hut accommodation OR camping fees (participants only), navigation training manual, personal tuition in a small group setting and practical walks on Saturday and Sunday, any ropes required for walks, all first aid equipment, and public liability insurance.

Age:  15+

Requirement for group numbers:  5 - 10 people

Start Time:  5pm on day 1 which is usually a Friday 

Duration of Activity:  1 night + 2 full days

Meeting Place:  On day 1, you will be able to check-in at 2:00pm in to accommodation or 1:00pm for camping and then we all meet at the Office at 5:00pm 

What to bring:  Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, any medication and wear comfortable closed-in shoes. A gear list will be provided.

Fitness Requirement: This is a course that takes you on walks which require a solid fitness level and the ability to carry a day-pack with equipment and personal gear.

Please see our Navigation Workshop T's and C's before booking!






For those who have already completed our full Navigation Workshop, we offer single-day refresher walks where you have the opportunity to practice and polish your navigation skills in off-track environments. On these walks we promise NOT to guide you! ... but we will help you problem-solve and set your own course.


Find out when our next Refresher Walk is on here.
If you plan to stay overnight, please see our accommodation options here.


"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the team, but in particular Innes for the awesome navigation course I attended on the weekend. I learned so much and Innes' passion and excitement for the mountains is just infectious. I can't wait to practice and hone my skills. Innes however may have to answer to my husband for my blossoming map addiction. Thanks again, I'll be back for sure!"

Jo Bailey

Posted on Facebook

"I attended the navigation workshop at Mt Barney Lodge during July. It offered fantastic value for money with attentive and constructive instruction from Innes. Yes, the concepts and equipment were a little challenging in the first instance for the navigation neophyte, however the ability to apply my new knowledge on a couple of subsequent (guided) walks was so helpful.

The MBL facilities were, as always, clean and tidy, and the team's assistance was super friendly and helpful. In fact I left with a sense of having been extended the hospitality of a family! On a freezy cold night in the middle of winter, the camp grounds were fully booked and the atmosphere very jovial.
I would recommend that future participants take an extra day following the workshop and put their new found skills to immediate use with a self-guided walk.

To Innes, Tracey, Nea, nav. classmate Hamish, and the rest of the MBL team....thanks again."

Clare - Ipswich

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