Mt Barney Blog

Father & Son Camp

Sunday, October 20, 2019


A strong bond between father and son cannot be assumed to be there just because of biology, it needs to be created and nurtured, and a great way of doing this is through shared experiences.

With our busy lives, it is becoming more difficult for fathers and sons to find the time to connect and spend quality, un-interrupted time together. This is what makes the Father-Son camp so valuable - we have planned a weekend of undistractable screen-free activites that Mister and Master equally share!

Save the date in your diary now for November 8-10, 2019.

Nestled at the foothills of Queensland’s most impressive peak, Mt Barney Lodge is completely surrounded by beautiful and undisturbed bushland. The tranquil environment provides the perfect place for a addventerous weekend getaway – but don’t get too comfortable, as the two-and-a-half-day trip will also have some challenging adventure activities to overcome together.

Under the experienced guidance of Mt Barney Lodge Outdoor Leaders, participants will be taught how to rock climb on natural surfaces. This five hour activity includes a led bushwalk with spectacular views while you walk to and from the site. Father and son will be both the belayer and climber - learning new skills together, working as a team, building trust and responsibility, and overcoming fears to gether while practicing words of encouragement.

Fun team challenges are also planned - focusing on communication skills, co-operation and leadership. Filled with laughter and smiles, this is a fabulous family bonding opportunity, as well as connecting with other adventurers.

The ideal time to invest more effort and time is the 7-13 y.o. boy before they get to their massive testosterone phase that ensures they will "butt heads" with dad, no matter how great the program is!! We suggest that 10+ y.o. come on the program with dad, as this is the minimum age for the rock climbing activity. However we do accept younger and older boys to this experience, as you are the expert in knowing what age he will get the most out of the activity!!

Book now to build memories and teamwork with your son.

The boys will go on a night adventure activity with Outdoor Leaders for an hour, while the dads network around the campfire. Everyone comes together again for a hands-on camp oven Wild Pizza night. Create your own dough-based pizza with your son and delight at the taste sensation of a campfire pizza as you relax around the fire.

These are only a few highlights of the weekend activities offered at Mt Barney Lodge’s father-son camps. This dedicated time away will be filled with adventure, fun and laughter, providing lasting and cherished memories.


8 - 10 NOVEMBER 2019

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



1. What's the cost?

The cost is $368 for each Father/Son team

2. What’s included

  • 2 x Professional Outdoor Leaders facilitating activities on Saturday 6.45am-8pm
  • Tent accommodation which is all set up for you and ready to go!
  • 2 nights camping
  • Beginners Rockclimbing Saturday morning
  • Facilitated group activities
  • 1-hour night adventure activity for the girls
  • Wild Pizza dinner Saturday night
  • campfire and wood
  • Tea/Coffee/Milo and hot water facilities
  • Shared amenities block including hot showers

3. What’s excluded?

  • Transportation to and from the weekend
  • sleeping mats, sleeping bags, linen, pillows etc
  • Meals and snacks unless otherwise stated
  • Alcohol/Beverages (you are welcome to bring this with you)
  • BYO camp chair, sleeping mattresses (total tent floor width is 1.2m), sleeping bags/blankets, pillows, cutlery and plates, cups
4. Are tents provided?
Yes 2 person tents are provided and are already erected. All you need to do is add your bedding and you are set for sleeping

5. Do I need other camping equipment?
You do need some other bits and pieces, however it is nothing too fancy. If you don’t have it, try and borrow it from a friend. There is no need to go out and buy new gear.

6. What food is supplied?

Dinner on the Saturday night is the only meal included. This is fresh Pizza that we make from scratch

7. Do you have any suggestions as to what food to bring for the other meals?

It is best to keep it as simple as possible, allowing more time for fun! As people will be arriving at different times on Friday night, you may wish to have dinner on the way, or bring a dinner already prepared. Note that there is a small stove, however this will be used primarily for boiling water for tea and coffee.

For breakfast, cereal and fruit is the best option. We have an early start on Saturday morning, so something quick and easy. Bread and or rolls for lunch on Saturday with cold meats/salads is the best option. As we finish around lunchtime on Sunday, you may wish to have your lunch before you leave or purchase something on the journey home.

It is recommended you bring an esky with ice to keep your items cool.

8. What is the age range for boys?

There is no specific age range, however there is an age range for the activities. The minimum age for rock climbing is 10 years.

While we do reccommend waiting until 10 y.o. to get the most out of the camp activities, but it is not a restriction for signing on.

9. What can kids younder than 10 do while the rock climbing is in progress?

You will have 4-5 hours of free time. You have the option of heading up to the rock climbing site (wearing helmets!) to watch the briefing and climbing in progress.

You can also go on a short father-son bushwalk/explore (we have plenty of suggestions and maps at the office), and also ead to the creek for a play/swim/relax.

10. Do we need to have any experience in any of the activities or camping?

No, none at all. Just a keen sense of adventure, a willingness to participate and a desire to have fun.

11. Can I book/organise my own group, and what group size is important?

Yes, call us to make an enquiry and to check availability. Maximum numbers are 12 pairs (24 guests). Minimum numbers 6 pairs (12 guests). 1 pair = father & son.

12. Who is running the activities?

The program is facilitated and instructed by qualified guides from the Mt Barney Lodge. In addition, all safety gear for rock climbing is included. Mt Barney Lodge have extensive experience in running and facilitating school groups.

13. 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.

14. Is there mobile reception?

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

15. I have more than one son, can I bring them both?

The program is set up for a pair of father/son. You are welcome to bring another adult male (e.g. uncle, godfather, grandfather) to partner with your second (or third) son.

See our other Residential Camps here.


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