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Ben Southall filming at Mt Barney Lodge!

Monday, June 04, 2018

He has tackled some of the world’s toughest, highest and most impressive mountain peaks, and last week, world-renowned adventurer and digital journalist Ben Southall came to experience the best the Scenic Rim has to offer.

Ben made headlines in 2009 after beating 35,000 applicants to become caretaker of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef – a title dubbed Best Job in the World. Since then, he has continued working as an ambassador for Tourism Queensland, exploring the most amazing places in the country.

The explorer, from Petersfield, UK, has also set records for the fastest ascent of the tallest mountain in each Australian state, the fastest competition of New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks and, with his wife Sophee, completed their Best Life in the World expedition – a 55,000km, 12 month drive through 33 countries from Singapore to London. He also presented his Best Life in the World series Nat Geo’s Adventure Channel, which aired in more than 315 million homes in 165 countries and 34 languages.

Ben, who has photographed, filmed and documented adventurers at Mt Everest base camp, visited Mt Barney Lodge last week to film mountain expeditions up Mt Maroon, Mt Gillies and Mt Barney for an exciting new 5-day adventure based from our homestead accommodation which we have named "Three Peaks Challenge". This new activity will be formally released in the upcoming months.

The filming took place over three days, first up was a moonrise hike on Mt Maroon, followed by a 3am start for Mt Barney the next day to be in position for the drone filming at sunrise (don't panic!! - this expedition normally starts at 5am), then another early start to hike up Mt Gillies for the beautiful sunrise colours on the final day of filming.

Keep an eye and an ear out as the release of this exciting new adventure challenge is just around the corner.

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The drone images of the mountains and photos are quite stunning!!


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