Leader - Colin
Total Distance - 11.2k
Walkers - Michele & Gary, Julie, Carol, Leigh, Kim, John, Paul, Colin
An overcast day but hopefully the rain would hold off. On-Mountain people met at the Visitor Information Centre for the drive to Beaudesert to meet up with the Off-Mountain people before continuing on to Mt Barney.
The start the walk headed up through open eucalypt forest with many small grass trees. We saw spotted gums before coming to a bare sandstone ridge, eroded to reveal veins of beautiful colours. We passed through a boulder strewn gully with many grey gums along the ridge. Further on we came to Mt Barney Creek where we had to do some rock-hopping to get across.
We arrived at the large boulders and rocks which separated us from the Lower Portals. We decided to scramble through the boulders to get glimpses of the Lower Portals on the other side. After making our way back through the boulders we then set off to climb the steep uphill to a small saddle at the top where we had views down to Mt Barney Creek. As we wanted to go on to Mt Barney Waterfall we followed the track along the crest of the ridge climbing gradually. We came to a cairn and followed the obvious track beyond it, not realizing that the track to Mt Barney Waterfall was to the left (we didn’t see it).
After walking along the track for some time (about 1.7k) we stopped for discussions. We realized that we were not on the track which would lead us above Mt Barney Waterfall and decided to return to the Lower Portals where we would have lunch. At the lunch spot we sa very tame black-footed wallaby and many photos were taken. Like the frilled lizard at Toohey Forest the wallaby was obviously posing for photos and expected to be paid in food.
After lunch we made our way back to the car park where we all agreed that we would make another attempt to get to the Mt Barney Waterfall. We stopped at Rathdowney Pub for refreshments. A very pleasant day and we will be back in this area again - Colin.