While Mt Barney has a number of well known tracks, the little known Cronan Creek track is one of those lovely creek tracks with a great hiking atmosphere but are usually skipped as it lacks any specific famous feature. Yet it is still well worth doing, especially as you are unlikely to meet many other people on the trail.
Starting from the Yellow Pinch Car Park this 13 km return hike initially follows a fire trail up a steep ridge where you keep left and the trail flattens out as you pass through open countryside beside farm land. Note: Taking the right fork of the trail will take you up the very difficult and dangerous South Ridge Track which takes you to the summit.
If you are lucky some of the creeks will be deep enough to have a dip in to cool off, but water levels vary depending on the amount of recent rain.
After the hike there is not that much in the way of cafes in the area. We usually stop in the Rathdowney Pub which has a reputation for great meals if you get there while they are still serving lunch (something we never do) and friendly staff. The other alternative is to head back to Beaudesert to find an open cafe there.
On the way back to Brisbane, why not stop in for a beer and a meal at the Rathdowney Pub