SE QLD - Mount Barney NP (High Bandwidth)

SE QLD - Mount Barney NP (High Bandwidth)

Postby Art » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:40 pm

Hi Guys,
I'm suprised nobody has mentioned my favourite National Park.
At least not for it's mountaineering potential which extends to many other
climber and camper friendly areas.
Many pics are hosted from my free website, and may go down if punished too hard.

Starting with the easiest Mt May Reserve (Dogs, 2WD, Caravan, No Facilities, No Fees!)
Entry from Newman Road Maroon. (It's a bit dry now, but it's still bush).


Other ground level family areas can be found here by searching for "Mt Barney",
(such as Bigriggen Reserve) so no need to cover them here.

From Mt May Reserve, you can climb Mt May (or camp in the Mt May saddle area).
Photo is a view of Maroon dam that will only be seen from Mt May.

I use Mt May Reserve for it's easy access to refine my mobile camping installation,
and to perform many experiments.


I'm suprised to see no mention here simply because it's free.

Still on the Mt May Side, you can 4WD straight through the reserve which is not
National Park until you start climbing. Walk through an area called Cleared Ridge:
(This Photo is lifted from the net)


Keep walking through the first part of the National Park to arrive at the first
campsite Yanahra Creek:


You are expected to pay for this site as any other located in the NP.
I say this is the first campsite, however National Parks Authorities have recently mowed
out a couple of other square areas and called them camp sites just so they can start charging
money for them it seems (ie. Skull Camp). I have photos of how rediculous this actually looks :(


It's a shame. Perhaps it is done so entire school classes have somewhere to go.

There is one other location a little further into the NP called Lower Portals which is within
walking distance from the Yamarha Creek camping site.


After that, it becomes more mountaineering than camping, some very rich and rarely disturbed areas
indeed exist here, but I don't know if that's the scope this forum intends to cover.
It's definately not family camping past this point.

Onto Mt Barney itself, leave the very young family behind.


Many attempt her thinking she ain't serious, only to find themselves lost, injured, dead,
and/or riding in a chopper.
For everyone else , the easiest ascent is made via South Ridge (Peasant's Ridge).
Camping is available in two locations located in the saddle area,
and that provides a nice hub for climbing either the East or West Peaks.
I have seen many children complete the East Peak climb under experienced supervision.

I suppose I'll stand back and obseve any reaction to this before continuing.
I aim to highlight activities and locations within the National Park, other than the
super obvious act of climbing Mt Barney itself.
This post has only featured the North side of the park!
Cheers, Art.
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Postby Scolers » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:46 pm

Great write up ... love the little solar set up to ... :?#

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Postby Art » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:47 pm

The little solar setup has a lot of growing up to do yet :)
There I go punishing my free web server again.
Well,,, they've put up with me for two years..
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Postby Barby-Q » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:18 pm

Yes ,Mt May is a good spot for camping, even better when the water is flowing . Locals put me on to that one. That photo of Maroon dam when was that taken ?
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Postby Art » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:50 pm

That one is taken from most of the way up Mt May,
there are many places to see it, but that is about the best.
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Postby Troyk » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:47 pm


Mt May and Mt Barney has been discussed on the forum, but it was probalby off topic, so hence not easy to find.

Got to ask. Whats with the satelitte dish? Can you get the Cricket, Fox Sports etc?

Look forward to hearing the rest of your post.
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Postby Art » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:38 pm

Hi again,

first off @ Barby-Q
That photo of Maroon dam when was that taken ?

I misread that, and answered WHERE it was taken.
I'm not sure the exact date, but definately October '07.

What's with the satelitte dish is pretty much the way of the future if you
must have television while camping. A lot of caravan/RV owners are already using them.
I've seen one at Mt May reserve at the same time I was using one.

When SPAMER TV is discontinued, a lot of semi regional areas will be
forced to upgrade to sat because of the "cliff effect" or "digital cliff" (Google it).

There are three birds you can point to from Mt May reserve on KU band.
It's a magic place for sat reception because the North sky is the only part
of the sky you can see (the correct direction for all three sats is only slightly East of North).

You'll get whatever you are subscribed to as far as pay TV goes,
although technically speaking, you are not allowed to move your
installation away from your place of residence.
Plenty of free content up there though.
I primarily use the Optus Aurora service for Win, Seven Central, Imparja, etc.

YouTube Video:

Over the next couple of days I'll do up a package for the southern side of the NP,
Including the Cronan Creek campsite (at ground level), and the South Ridge climb then :)
Cheers, Art.
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