If you’re looking for camping base while you spend the weekend exploring Mount Barney National Park, then the Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat is a great place to consider. In terms of Mt Barney camping with facilities, the Lodge offers the closest campsites to the National Park. You can also bring along your non camping mates as the Lodge offers a range of other accommodation options too.
Even if you don’t intend on spending your days hiking through the National Park, the stunning property of the Lodge is the perfect place for a weekend of R&R. The property has the Logan River flowing through the front as well as spectacular views of the monstrous peaks of the Scenic Rim. Along with the fresh country air, this is the ideal place for relaxing camping break.
If your looking for camping Mount Barney options, or have had the Lodge on your radar for some time – then this guide is perfect for you. In this guide, we provide everything you need to know about camping at the Lodge as well as information about the other on site accommodation.
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Where is Mt Barney Lodge?
The Mt Barney Lodge is located in the stunning Scenic Rim, at the foot of Mt Barney – one of the largest peaks in Queensland. It’s about a 90 minute drive from either Brisbane, Ipswich or the Gold Coast to reach the lodge.
Accommodation Options at Mt Barney Lodge
While Mt Barney is perfect for the campers, it also offers a range of options for those that prefer to stay in cabins. In fact, if you don’t want to lug your camping gear around – they even have permanent camper trailers setups too. Below is a brief overview of the various options available.
Mount Barney Camping Ground
The Lodge offers spacious, shady, unpowered, grass sites. These sites are undefined and suitable for all types of campers, from those wanting to pitch a tent, to camper trailers and caravans.
As you can see from this map, there are three main areas you can camp, all of which are located at the front of the property which the Logan River borders. Two of the areas are suitable for camping with your car, while one section is for tents only as no vehicles can enter this section.
The middle camping section is the most convenient as it allows cars, has water and is a short walk from the amenities.
Prices start at $16 per night per person, although children aged 3-12 are $10 per night.
The Deluxe Camper Trailers
If you’re not keen on lugging all your camping gear down to the Lodge, you might like the option of staying in one of the two permanent camper trailers. In my view, these camper trailers are in prime position with perfect views of Mt Barney and the amenity block is located just behind where they are set up.
The camper trailers can sleep four as they come with a double bed and two single beds. They also have a great outdoor covered area which is paved. This area has a kitchenette and table and chairs. The kitchenette has a gas cooktop, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and tea and coffee making facilities. Each trailer also has power, water and its own campfire.
The only thing the camper trailers don’t have is a fridge or esky – so you will need to bring a car fridge or esky with ice.
Prices start at $120 per night for 2 people. Additional people are $30 per night. Linen is not included in the price, so bring your own or it can be provided at $20 per person – beds will be made up for your arrival.
The Rustic Cabins
If you’re after a break from camping or have some non camping mates tagging along, then a great option is one of the rustic cabins. These cabins are situated right by the amenities block, so an easy walk from the various campsites.
There are two cabins on site – the Foresters or the Henry’s Hut (pictured above). The Foresters Hut can sleep up to 10 people across its three bedrooms. There is a double in one bedroom and two sets of bunk beds in each of the remaining bedrooms. Each of the rooms are separate and lead out to the front verandah. Henry’s Hut can sleep up to 7 people across two bedrooms. There is a double in the master and two sets of bunk beds in the other bedroom. In addition, there is a single bed in the living area.
Both cabins come with a fully self contained kitchen with an oven, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and all required crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. They also have a fireplace in Foresters Hut and a pot belly stove in Henry’s Hut (complimentary wood is provided during the winter months) outdoor eating areas complete with a gas BBQ.
These cabins don’t have a bathroom, but they are located right by the amenities block which has toilets and showers.
Prices start at $160 per night for 2 people. Additional people are $30 per night. Linen is also not included in the price, so bring your own, or it can be provided at $20 per person – beds will be made up for your arrival.
If you want a splurge or for those coming along that like to sleep in style, you really can’t beat the stunning homesteads on the property. Mount Barney Lodge has two lovely homesteads – Moringararah and Boolamoola (pictured above) which are perfect for large families or those wanting plenty of space. Both homesteads are fully self contained and have great views of surrounding mountains.
Moringararah can sleep up to 15 people, so this is excellent for multiple families. There are 8 bedrooms in this homestead with 3 double beds, 5 single beds, a set of bunks and another two singles that can also be converted to a king bed. The Moringararah Homestead is spread out across two levels with two kitchens, two bathrooms, and two living and dining areas. If you have less than 10 people, you’ll just have access to the top level.
The Boolamoola Homestead can sleep up to 6 people across its three bedrooms. There is a double bed in the master, and the remaining two bedrooms each have two single beds. One set of singles can be converted to a king if required. This homestead also has a kitchen, sitting room and dining area.
Both the Boolamoola and the Moringararah Homesteads come with a fully self contained kitchen, including all required crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. They also have a fireplace (complimentary wood is provided during the winter months) and outdoor eating areas complete with a gas BBQ.
Prices start at $320 per night for 4 people. Additional people are $50 per night. Linen is not included in the price, so bring your own or it can be provided at $20 per person – beds will be made up for your arrival.
Facilities at Mt Barney Lodge
The facilities for campers at Mt Barney Lodge are fairly limited, but there is everything you’ll need on site. However there is no camp kitchen on site, so make sure you come fully self sufficient for cooking. However, you can grab a hot plate to use over the fire from the office. The hot plates require a $20 deposit which is fully refunded when returned clean.
Depending on where you set up camp, you may even want to consider bringing your own toilet, particularly for those with young children as it can be a bit of a hike to the amenity block.
Also note that there is no wifi here.
There is one small amenity block on site with hot showers and toilets. There is also a small area for washing up.
All camping sections have designated fire pits and wood can be purchased on site for $15 a bag.
Guided Walks and Hikes
The Lodge has a range of guided hikes and walks for those who are a little more adventurous. You can find out more about these hikes here.
Mt Barney Lodge – Our Verdict
Whether you’re looking for a camping base while you spend your days hiking in the Mt Barney National Park, or somewhere to relax and unwind, the Mt Barney Lodge is a great place to consider.
The property is just stunning no matter what the season. Surrounded by rolling green hills with spectacular views of the monstrous Scenic Rim peaks, the scenery is just beautiful! No matter where you stay on the property, relaxing while soaking up the scenery is rejuvenating.
The Lodge is also the perfect place for groups. Having a range of accommodation options means that you can even bring along your family and friends that aren’t keen on sleeping in a tent.
So if you’re looking for somewhere for your next camping trip, why not consider the Mt Barney Lodge.
Hopefully you found this guide on staying at Mt Barney Lodge Island helpful. Click here for our guide on even more campsites in the Mt Barney National Park area or here for other great campsites within a 2 hour drive of Brisbane.