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.
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.
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.