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Lower Portals Walk @ Mount Barney National Park

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published June 27th 2020
Rewarding Jewel Awaits You
Meandering through bush and rocks, the Lower Portals Walk is a reasonably testing 7 to 8 km walk at the base of Mount Barney National Park.

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Lower Portals, Mount Barney National Park


Commencing from the Lower Portals Car Park, Queensland National Parks information panels provides details on the walk ahead and the nature to look out for.

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Lower Portals, Mount Barney National Park


The initial walk is along a footpath and merges into the bush, so care is needed to follow the route and best to follow the fence line on the right. You will traverse several rises and cross some mini creeks which may be flowing after heavy rain. There are glimpses of mountain views within the bush. Expect a mix of vegetation, both fresh and from the ravages of previous storms and fires. Gigantic boulders can be seen along the route.

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Swimming Lagoon


Walkers are rewarded at the Lower Portals with a variety of swimming holes that are enticing in the heat of summer.

lower portals stepping stones
Hop skip....AND don't fall!


You will need to hop over the creek and a short walk to view the head of the Portals with its own natural lagoon and waterfall. Camping for the well-equipped is available, with a permit at the Portals. This is accessible online.

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Mount Barney National Park


Return to the Lower Portals car park is along the same route.

Good shoes are recommended and for each walker to be covered up in summer as some parts of the walk are exposed. Take plenty of water and some provisions to enjoy a unique natural picnic at the Portals.

The Lower Portals Car Park is accessible without a 4WD on most days and is situated about 90 minutes south of Brisbane off the Beaudesert and Rathdowney Road as it approaches the Queensland NSW border. Accommodation is available within 10 minutes drive at the delightful Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages and Mount Barney Lodge.

Check the Queensland Parks website for more details.
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Why? Lower Portals Walk @ Mount Barney National Park
When: Open all year subject to local conditions
Phone: 13 7468
Where: Lower Portals, Mount Barney National Park
Cost: Free - Camping permit required
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Nice pics and story Kevin. It is a lovely area
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|695) 20 days ago
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