Cronan Cascades and Waterfall Near Mount Barney

Cronan Cascades and Waterfall Near Mount Barney

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Posted 2023-08-11 by Roz Glazebrookfollow


Every year all the bushwalking clubs in Queensland get together for a weekend Pilgrimage. This year Brisbane Bushwalkers (BBW) club hosted the Pilgrimage at Kalbar showgrounds in the Scenic Rim about an hour and a half south west of Brisbane.



It was also BBWs 75th Anniversary since the club began in 1948. About 130 people from many different bushwalking clubs around the State attended the event. There was a bushwalking trivia and soup on Friday night and a wonderful bush dance on Saturday night.


There were a variety of walks over the weekend to different areas around the area on Saturday and Sunday at all levels of difficulty. The easier walks on Saturday included Mt Mathieson, Mt Cordeaux and Bare Rock, Lower Portals and Cronan’s Cascade.



The more challenging walks on Saturday included Mt Greville, Mt Maroon and Mt Barney waterfall via Barney Gorge. The really adventurous walkers had a choice of doing Mount Greville via the Razorback, Mount Maroon Southern Waterfall or Mount Barney via Logans Ridge.

On Sunday there was a choice of doing Mt Edwards or Kayaking and/or Stand up paddle boarding on Lake Wyaralong. I chose kayaking on Sunday.



I chose to go on a fairly easy walk on Saturday to Cronan Cascades and Waterfall near Mount Barney as I had never been there before. I had done most of the other easier walks on the program.

A group of 13 of us from five different bushwalking clubs did the Cronan Cascades walk. We drove in convoy to the Yellow Pinch car park where our walk started. It was great meeting people from the different clubs and chatting with them about the walks they had done. I met people from Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast clubs. The drive took about an hour from Kalbar.



The Cronan Creek track leaves from Yellow Pinch trailhead. We passed through the Yellow Pinch gate and followed the trail through 5.4 kilometres of stunning ancient forests crossing several creeks until we reached beautiful Cronan Creek Falls. We crossed the Logan River across a causeway but the water was low so we didn’t get wet feet. The creeks we had to cross were low too.



We did pass 2 campsites on the way. From the car park, the Cronan Creek Track headed up a ridge with clear views of several mountains and hills and takes you over a creek crossing.

After a few kilometres, we came to a junction. The right fork takes you up the South Ridge of Mt Barney. You need to take the left fork to continue to the waterfall.



We stopped along the way for some morning tea on rock slabs beside the creek. There were fantastic views of Mount Barney and Mount Lindesay from the track. I have heard they used to call these falls Secret Falls, but I don’t think they are a secret anymore, although we didn’t see anyone else there. Most people we saw were heading off to climb Mount Barney. The area is well signposted now. I think it was harder to find previously.



The track passed through eucalypt forest, which then became grasslands before turning into rainforest. There were signs to the falls. The last part of the walk was along a narrow little trail down to the creek, where we needed to rock hop up to the falls.

There was a sign marking the narrow bushwalking trail to the Cronan Creek Falls. Apparently, there used to be some cairns, which some people may have missed. The rough track is narrow down through the rainforest to the creek. Then we had to rock hop up to the waterhole and waterfall.



I was tempted to swim in the large pool near the waterfall, but it was a bit cool so I didn’t.

After a restful break by the waterfall, we headed back to our camp at Kalbar to get ready for afternoon tea, dinner and the bush dance.



I loved this walk and felt I chose it well. It is always nice to explore a new area. The whole walk was about 13 kilometres and apart from the steep ridge at the start was pretty easy and a beautiful walk. One day I may even feel brave enough to attempt Mount Barney.



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