FAQ

GENERAL QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED WHEN STAYING MT BARNEY LODGE

 

Q.  Do you allow Pets?

A.  No. Mt Barney Lodge is a Wilderness Retreat and a Land for Wildlife member.  You will see many Redneck Wallabies, birds and other native wildlife in the campgrounds.

However, assistance and guide dogs will be considered under strict control.  Please call us when making your reservation to discuss requirements.

 

Q.  Is there mobile phone coverage?

A.  There is very minimal coverage, and can be very unreliable.

 

Q.  Do you have WIFI?

A.  No.

 

Q.  When is check-in and check-out time?

A.  Camping: Check-in time is from 1pm and check out time is 1 pm.

Accommodation including Glamping:  Strictly 2pm check-in and 10am check-out.  (Unless otherwise advised).

 

Q. Can I camp for longer than 7 days ?

A. While we welcome extended camping bookings, if you are staying longer than a week, a condition of the booking is that you move campsite location every 7 days to protect the life of the grass that is under your tent/van. Bookings will not be confirmed until the guest can guarantee that the campsite/van will be moved every 7 days.
 

Q. Can I book more than 12 months ahead of time?

A. No. We give our outgoing guests first option to re-book for the next year upon check out. Anyone that enquires about the following year, more than a year in advance, have the option to be placed on a waiting list and contacted when these dates are available.

 

Q.  Is the tap water drinkable?

A  Yes.

 

Q.  Do you have a kiosk/shop?

A.  At the office we sell ice, milk, bread, eggs, small selection of softdrinks, and firewood. (Local bacon, sausages, meat, cheese and yogurt dependent on availability.)

 

Q. Do you have BBQs or cooking facilities?

A. No, we don't have BBQs or cooking facilities in the camp grounds. We do however have hot plates to use over the fire for hire at the office for $20. This is refunded when the hot plate is returned, clean.

 

Q.  Where can I charge my mobile phones/ipad etc?

A.  If you are camping, there are power points situated in the amenities block. Due to insurance and security purposes, we cannot charge your devices at the office.

 

Q. What is your noise policy?

A. As we are a wilderness retreat on private property, we do ask all our guests to keep all noise to a respectable level at all times and to consider other guests.  We do enforce quiet time after 10pm.

 

Q.  How long will it take me to get there?

A.  From Brisbane city or the Gold Coast, allow for a 2 hour drive.

 

Q.  How do I get there?

A.  Click here for detailed directions and links to google maps.

 

Q.  Is there public transport?

A.  No.

 

Q.  Do I need a 4x4 to get there?

A.  No. The last 3km’s is a gravel road in good condition.

 

Q.  When is the office open?

A.  8am – 4pm every day.  Friday: 8am to 6pm. (Unless otherwise advised).

 

Q.  Can we swim in the creek and water holes?

A.  Yes. The creek frontage is perfect to paddle and play in and the waterhole is ideal for a cooling swim. Just ask us!

 

Q. How far away is the waterhole?

A. Not far at all. Come up to the office and if you are staying with us, we will let you know where it is!

 

Q.  What is the weather like?

A.   For weather forecasts we recommend  Bureau Of Meteorology or Weatherzone.

 

Q.  Does it get cold at night, and whats the temperature during the day.

A.  To check current and future predicted temperatures, we use Weatherzone.  Don't forget to always pack warm clothes in case of cooler weather, even during the warmer months. An updated weather forecast printout is displayed in the office.

 

Q. What if it's raining?

A.  Be prepared! We will not refund a deposit or transfer your booking if the forecast is for possible showers or rain. See our terms and conditions here for detailed cancellation information.

 

Q. How far is the nearest shop?

A.  The closest town is Rathdowney (20 minutes drive).  There is a Visitors Information Centre, Pub, Service Station, Butcher and the Rathy Shop which sell the ‘basics’.

 

Q.  What walks are there to do?

A.  When you stay with us, we will share with you local information and maps on the  popular walks, mountain trails and waterholes within the Mt Barney National Park, and some of the lesser known walking tracks too!

 

Q.  What activities do you have for the kids and adults?

A.  During the school holidays, see our  Adventure Activity program.  For other activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, and mountain expeditions, see  here.

 

Q.  Are there activities for toddlers?

A.  Nature Play is perfect for all ages, in particular for toddlers. Find out more information about Nature Play here.

 

Q.  What else is there to do?

A   There are plenty of local attractions to visit and see

 

Q.  Can you fish in the creeks and waterhole?

A.  You can see our blog for more information about fishing in the Scenic Rim.

 

Q:Do I need Travel insurance: 

A: With any holiday things can go wrong! Mt Barney Lodge has Term’s and Conditions which outline our policies on refunds, cancellations and changes to your booking. Please refer to them for any questions on the above. We can suggest you purchase Travel insurance if you are concerned about not recovering cost if something should go wrong and you cannot make your booking arrangements.

 

Q. Do I need Adventure activity insurance:

A. Mt Barney Lodge has our own public liability insurance for all booked adventure activities. However, if you cannot make your booking arrangements or change your mind, your adbventure payment may be forfeit. Please be familiar with the Mt Barney Lodge Term’s and Conditions which outline our policies on refunds, cancellations and changes to your booking. Please refer to them for any questions on the above. We can suggest you purchase Travel insurance if you are concerned about not recovering cost if something should go wrong and you cannot make your booking arrangements.

 

Q.  Is the creek and waterhole big enough for kayaking or a boat?

A.  No. However, Maroon Dam is only about half an hours’ drive from the Lodge and is very popular for boating and water sports.

 

Q.  Can the kids bring their push bikes?

A.  Yes. It is a great way to get to the toilet block or office! Mountain bikes are not permitted in the National Park.

 

Q.  Can we bring our dirt trail motor bikes?

A.  There are no dirt bike tracks in the area, and motor bikes are not permitted in the National Park.

 

Q.  Do you have a restaurant or café.

A.  We do not have a restaurant or café.

 

Q.  If I cancel my camping or accommodation reservation, do I get my money back?

A.  See our cancellation policy.

 

Q.  Do you accept Group Bookings?

A.  Yes. See our group booking policy here.


Q.  Can we come out for a day visit, a picnic or visit friends staying at the Lodge.

A.  Yes. Please check in at the office. There is a $10.00pp charge to use our facilities or pass through our property, this includes insurance.

The creek frontage is a perfect spot for a picnic. Unfortunately we do not have picnic tables or BBQ's available for day visitors.

 

Q.  Do you cater for Functions, Workshops and school camps?

A.  Yes.  See here for all we offer, and please feel free to call or email us with your requirements.

 

Q.  Do you cater for weddings?

A.  Yes.  Mt Barney Lodge is the ideal setting for your wedding. Our wedding package is designed for you to plan your wedding the way YOU want it.  Email us for a Wedding Pack, or please feel free to call us in the office to discuss your requirements and what we have to offer. 

Q.  Do I need to make a reservation?

A.  Yes, reservations for accommodation and Glamping are essential. You can make your reservation here.

 

Q.  When is check-in and check-out time?

A.  Accommodation including Glamping:  Strictly 2pm check-in and 10am check-out.  (Unless otherwise advised).

 

Q. What is your noise policy?

A.  As we are a wilderness retreat on private property, we do ask all

guests to keep all noise to a respectable level at all times and to consider other guests.  We do enforce quiet time after 10pm.

 

Q. Is there tea and coffee in the Accommodation?

A.  Yes, there is complimentary tea and  coffee  in the Huts, Homesteads and Camper Trailers. Complimentary milk is provided in the Huts and Homestead only.

 

Q.  I am staying in a Hut or Homestead.  What do I need to bring?

A.  All food.  Linen including towels.

 

Q.  What’s in the kitchen of the Homesteads or Huts.

A.  The kitchens are fully self-contained with all crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots, pans, serving bowls etc, toaster, microwave oven, full size fridge and oven,  and tea and coffee making facilities.

 

Q.  Are there doonas or spare blankets on the beds in the Homesteads?

A.  Yes. But you will need to bring your own sheets, pillows and towels.

 

Q.  Are there doonas or spare blankets on the beds in the Huts?

A.  Only on the double bed.  You will need to bring your own sheets, pillows, towels and doonas for the single beds (or sleeping bags).

 

Q.  Are there electric blankets on the beds in the Huts or Homesteads?

A.  No. But doonas are provided on all beds in the Homesteads and on the double beds in the Huts. Spare blankets are also supplied.

 

Q.  I am staying in an onsite Camper Trailer (Glamping).  What do I need to bring?

A.  Esky or car fridge. All food.  Comfy camping chairs to sit around the fire.

 

Q.  What's in the kitchen of the Camper Trailers (Glamping)?

A.  Crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots, pans, serving bowls etc, and tea and coffee making facilities.

 

Q.  Are there doonas on the beds in the camper trailers?

A.  No. You will need to bring your own sheets, doonas (or sleeping bag), pillows and towels.

 

Q.  Is there electricity to the onsite camper Trailers (Glamping)?

A.  Yes. But is not suitable for large appliances such as microwave ovens. Please leave them at home!

 

Q. Linen Hire – what’s included and what’s not? (Accommodation and Glamping only).

A. With any standard booking in one of Mt Barney Lodge’s Homesteads, Huts or Deluxe Camper Trailers we provide you with basic linen needs, such as tea towels and table cloths. You are required to bring your own bedding and bath linen, or you can let us provide it all for you with our Linen Hire option! For just $20pp, we will have all your beds made up for your arrival. (min 48hrs notice required)

Homesteads, Huts and Deluxe Camper Trailers- 

If you choose to hire linen from us for you stay at Mt Barney Lodge we will provide you with all Bed, Bath and Kitchen linen. This includes:

  • BED – Sheets, pillows and pillowcases, doona
  • BATH – Towel and face washer, bathmat and hand towel
 

 

Q. How big is the oven in the Homestead or Huts?

A.  There is a full size gas oven with cook top and grill.

 

Q.  Is there an oven in the camper trailers (Glamping)?

A.  No. There is a gas cook top.

 

Q.  Is there a BBQ?

A.  Yes. (Homestead and Huts only).  Each homestead and hut has its own BBQ in the outside courtyard/patio area.

 

Q.  Can I have a fire?

A.  Each Homestead and Hut has a fire box or open fire place. Each camper trailer has its own campfire place.

 

Q.  Do you have a restaurant or café.

A.  No.  

 

Q.  Are there TV’s or DVD players in the accommodation?

A.  No.  However, a stereo system is provided in the Homesteads only.

 

Q.  Do you accept Group Bookings?

A.  Yes. See our group booking policy here.


Q.  Do you allow Pets in the accommodation or camper trailers?

A.  No. Mt Barney Lodge is a Wilderness Retreat and a Land for Wildlife member.  You will see many Redneck Wallabies, birds and other native wildlife in the campgrounds.

Q.  Do I need to make a booking for camping?

A.  Yes. As we choose to limit our camper number to only 100 people, the school holidays and long weekends can fill up very quickly. Book Now


Q.  Can I book a site next to my family/friends?

A.  We do not allocate camping sites, so once you have checked in, you will be able to choose your own campfire site to suit your group.

 

Q. Do you have a camp kitchen?

A. No. We recommend you BYO gas cookers and esky. There are washing-up facilities at the amenities block. Firewood and ice is available to purchase at the office.

 

Q.  Do you have a shop?

A.  From the office, we sell milk, bread, ice, eggs, limited soft drinks, and firewood. (Local produce such as bacon, sausages, meat, cheeses and yogurt dependent on availability)

 

Q.  Do you allow pets?

A.  No.  Mt Barney Lodge is a Wilderness Retreat and a Land for Wildlife member.  You will see many Redneck Wallabies, birds and other native wildlife in the campgrounds.

However, assistance and guide dogs will be considered under strict control.  Please call us when making your reservation to discuss requirements.

 

Q.  Do you sell ice-creams?

A. No. However, we do sell a small section of soft drinks.

 

Q.  Do you have powered sites?

A.  No.  We only have un-powered sites.

 

Q. Can I drive onto my camp site?

A. Yes. The campgrounds are divided into 3 sections. Only one section does not allow vehicles.

 

Q.  Can I bring my caravan or motor-home?

A.  Yes. Motorhomes, caravans and camper trailers are most welcome.

 

 

Q. What if it's raining?

A. Be prepared!  We will not refund a deposit or transfer your booking if the forecast is for possible showers or rain. See our terms and conditions here for detailed cancellation information.

When setting up campsite, do not dig trenches or holes. We work hard to provide a grassy campground for your enjoyment. 


 

Q. What is your noise policy?

A. As we are a wilderness retreat on private property, we do ask all guests to keep all noise to a respectable level at all times and to consider other guests. We do enforce quiet time after 10pm.

 

 

Q.   Do you allow generators?

A.   No.  But solar panels are welcome!

 

Q.  Do you allow fires?

A.  Yes. There are many campfire places scattered throughout the campgrounds.

 

Q.  Can I use my chainsaw?

A.  No.  Pre cut wood is available for sale from the office.  We ask that large pieces of wood not to be collected from the surrounding private property or National Park.

 

Q.  Do you sell firewood?

A.  Yes. You are welcome to bring your own or we do sell it for $12.00 per bag.

 

Q.  Where can I camp?

A.  When you check-in at the office, we will show you a site map of the camp grounds where you will be able to choose a site that best suits you.

 

Q.  Is there drinking water?

A.  Yes, there are water taps throughout the camping grounds.

 

Q. Are there toilets or hot showers?

A. Your camping tariff includes the use of the modern amenities block which includes toilets and hot showers. No tokens or coins necessary!

 

Q.  When is check-in and check-out time?

A.  Camping: Check in time is from 1pm. Please let us know if you will be arriving after our office hours.

 

Q.  Where can I charge my mobile phones/iPad etc?

A.  If you are camping, there are power points situated in the amenities block. For security and insurance purposes, we cannot charge them at the office for you.

 

Q.  Do you have gas BBQ’s in the camp ground?

A.  No.  BBQ plates are available to hire for a fully refundable deposit

 

Q.  Do I need a 4x4 to get in?

A  No. The last 3kms is a gravel road in good condition.

 

Q.  I am camping. What do I need to bring?

A.  Download our  'Complete Camping Gear Check List

 

Q.  Do you accept Group Bookings?

A.  Yes. See our group booking policy here.

 

 

Q. Do motor home rentals camp at Mt Barney Lodge?

A. Yes. We have good road access to all vehicle types. While we are on the subject, we can recommend Motorhome Republic as a rental camper provider.


 


 

 

 



Vegetarian Meatloaf

prep time 10 mins cook time 30-45 min, plus an extra 10 min to cool serves 4 to 5

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked/tinned lentils or black beans

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 small onion, diced

1 cup of quick cooking oats

¾ cup of grated cheddar cheese

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp of dried or fresh basil

1 tsp of dried or fresh parsley

½ tsp of seasoning salt

¼ tsp of black pepper

Directions:

Drain and partially mash lentils

Stir in onion, oats, breadcrumbs and cheese until mixed

Add egg, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, seasoning salt and pepper

Mix well

Spoon into loaf pan that has been greased and lined

Smooth top with back of spoon

Bake at 250 degrees for 30-45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown

Cool in pan on rack for about 10 minutes

Run a sharp knife around edges of pan then turn out loaf onto serving platter

*able to be frozen