There is just something about the feeling you get when you leave the city behind. It's a little bit excitement, a little bit thrilling and a whole lot of fun that seems to meld together into one large feeling of anticipation.
Mt. Barney Lodge has been written about by some of my fellow writers here at WeekendNotes and it was time we checked it out for ourselves. Why don't you come along?
Following the driving instructions the lodge gives you, head out through Beaudesert and take the Boonah-Rathdowney Road. Follow the signs and take Upper Logan Road to get to the lodge. This area is jaw dropping gorgeous and deserves many more sojourns in future days to come, travelling about the Scenic Rim.
Being summer it's hot, dry and just a little parched but the hillsides open up, cows and horses fill the paddocks, setting the tone for this marvellous drive. And then you catch glimpses of the mountains that, thousands of years ago, were thrust upward upon the land, standing now like gentle giants. The shapes and textures beg you stop and take photos, the trees added bonuses along the way.
The buildings from long ago stand refreshed and ready for your visit. The owners and others that greet you are friendly, knowledgeable, keen to assist you and a delight to chat with.
On this trip the accommodation of choice is Foresters Hut. Complete with its own history this hut is a recycled logger's cabin that was brought here to rest at the base of the mountain with the best view around.
It has everything you need to stay for a night, a couple days or even a week. You can bring friends as it sleeps 10 people or just come with your partner. Everything has been re-purposed, rebuilt, recycled and reused beautifully. From the wooden framed beds, 1 double and 8 bunks to the deep comfy chairs that sit on the veranda, placed appropriately to watch the mountain and the birds. The kitchen could have been your grandmother's, full of country charm and has everything you need to fix and feed, microwave included.
The outdoor eating area has space to entertain everyone that comes with you. In winter the brick fireplace will warm you, the doors all open wide for some relief from the summer heat.
There are over a hundred species of birds to watch, paths to explore that find your way to swimming holes on the hot days, adventure experiences in the cooler days brought to you by Innes Larkin, the owner/guide, climber and abseiler.