Mt Barney Blog

Solo Wilderness Camps at Mt Barney Lodge

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Are you looking for a challenge that offers real growth for your students?

Is giving students time and space to

really think important for your schools outcomes?

Does the concept of nature as a regenerative space resonate with you?


Mt Barney Lodge has provided solo camps for 6 years, and are offering your school and your students the opportunity to experience Solo Camping in the wilderness.

With the ability to have 20 students on solo at a time this activity can be rotated over a week of an outdoor education program to fit a cohort of 80 students. The students are situated in a safe but challenging natural location providing them with time to think about their transition towards being a young adult.

Combine the solo experience with a facilitated outdoor education program, and the opportunities for the students to be challenged, to start building their legacy and to grow as a person are astounding.

The trained leaders at Mt Barney Lodge can provide expert facilitation on areas of personal growth or your school may like to engage with a program like “The Rite Journey” as practised at The Springfield Anglican College. Mt Barney Lodge can accommodate both programmes.

Owner Innes Larkin says
“Our focus and Mt Barney Lodge has always been on quality and we aim to keep numbers small making the positive interactions with your students more likely to occur and the possibility of a life changing moment more realistic.”


 Testimonial from The Springfield Anglican College -Solo Camp :27/11/2017

Students from The Springfield Anglican College have utilised the services and facilities of Mt Barney Lodge to participate in Solo Camp outs over the last 6 years.

The surroundings and natural beauty of Mt Barney and Mt Maroon that tower over the students, whilst on solo, allows them to gain a unique perspective of themselves and their place in the world.

The time spent in peaceful and tranquil surrounds allows students to reflect on their journey from childhood into adulthood.

Mt Barney Lodge owners and staff have formed an instant rapport with students and are commended on their organisation, communication


Meet Innes Larkin:

Owner Operator Mt Barney Lodge; Innes Larkin has been active in the outdoors from an early age and remembers climbing Mt Barney for the first time at age 11.

A trained teacher with a Masters of Arts in Outdoor Education, Innes has taught in London, Brisbane and at an outdoor education centre at Maroon Dam.

Innes has extensively bushwalked and climbed in Tasmania, Europe, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand and Nepal (expeditions to Mera Peak and Ama Dablam).

Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Education)
Masters in Outdoor Education
Australian Climbing (Single Pitch Guide)
Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation
Wilderness First Aid
2016 Australian Search and Rescue Award recipient - national recognition of extraordinary efforts in search and rescue since 1989

Talk to us about your Objectives and Innes will design a program to get results

  • Based on grade 8 and above
  • Greater understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural environments
  • Build on their resilience.
  • Opportunities for growth in leadership and teamwork
  • Opportunities to practise decision making
  • Experiential learning opportunities.



For more information on this adventure package please contact us:

Innes Larkin

Mt Barney Lodge



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