Lower Portals on Mt Barney Creek (Mt Barney NP) Approx. 5km. 5 hrs (with lunch) Easy – Moderate: The walk begins at the Lower Portals car park and is an easy walk on a track to the Portals. There are short climbs as we cross the ridges that are the foothills of Mt Barney. A fun squeeze through giant river boulders finds us by a beautiful rock pool (where the brave may take a dip!) and the perfect place to rest for lunch. We return via the same track. This walk does require crossing Mt Barney Creek – the level of challenge varying with the creek height.
|Route plotted on Google Maps and graph showing elevation along route|
|The car park and information stand|
|The grass trees were looking spectacular after last years bush fire|
|Rocky Creek – our first creek crossing|
|The old fence posts are a reminder of the grazing history of the area|
|The wattles were all out in flower|
There were two slightly challenging experiences on the walk. We had to wade across Barney Creek and it was very cold. The second challenge was climbing up through a gap in some boulders to get to the portals.
|Our second creek crossing – Barney Creek. We had to wade this one.|
|We had to clamber through this hole to get to the Portals|
|The Lower Portals|
|There were amazing patterns everywhere. These roots are just one example.|
|Maree having a spot of lunch|
|This was lying horizontally at the base of a tree|
|This was a pretty purple|
|The cockatoos stripped the bark from this tree to get the borers underneath. You can see the marks from the borers.|
|Potato Orchid climbing a tree|
|A pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos|
|Two more Glossy Black Cockatoos|
|A nest of the Yellow-rumped Thornbill. We spotted this when we saw the bird fly into it.|
We finished the walk around 2:30pm and after a leisurely drive back to Boonah, we headed home.