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Glamping it up at Mt Barney Lodge

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
Published May 17th 2013
Are you a camper or a glamper?
Glamping it up at Mt Barney Lodge

Like many retirees, my husband and I own a camper trailer. We only put it to use for the long hauls and extended stays as we explore remote parts of Australia.

Spend a night in the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests at Mt Barney and put up and pull down our Aussie Swag? Definitely not! We've discovered a simpler way.



Mt Barney Lodge offers a range of accommodation options when exploring this wonderful area. There is camping with open fires at $14 per night for adults and $7 for children aged 3 to 12,

A Camper's Paradise


through to Queenslander homesteads with open fire places at $320 per night for 4 people, plus $50 for each additional guest.

Queenslander!


We chose what we knew an onsite camper trailer.

Barney and Barney


One of the big benefits of this mid-priced accommodation option is the minimum of housework. You can do this on Nature's doorstep.

A Woman's Work....


Our trailer, Barney, had a wonderful view of the mountain itself, and an evening's entertainment from a host of possums and bandicoots. As for the Dawn Chorus ..

Totally Relaxed


There are two camper trailers available, each able to accommodate four in a configuration of one queen bed and two singles.



Cost of hire is $90 per night for two people, with extra occupants at $15 each. Linen can be hired for $15 per person. All the usual gear one packs into a camper trailer is on hand plus tea, coffee and sugar for a welcoming cuppa.

By booking one week ahead, gourmet meals from locally sourced produce are available at $35 for two courses, as well as lunches, morning and afternoon teas and breakfasts.

My husband always accuses me of packing the kitchen sink when we travel. When you hire a Mt Barney Lodge Glamper, you need only provide your food and drinks in your own Esky, your own linen if that is what you desire, and warm clothing if camping overnight in the cooler months. The winter days can be quite mild and sunny, so be prepared for either event. There is nothing like a brisk walk to warm up, so don't overdress for hiking, wear sturdy shoes, and be well prepared for hiking in what can be changeable circumstances.

The amenities at Mt Barney Lodge are clean and comfortable, with welcome warm showers at the end of a day's exertion.



There are always fresh flowers to give that homely touch.



The owners of Mt Barney Lodge, Innes and Tracey Larkin, are determined to tread as lightly as possible on their special piece of nature by employing eco friendly tactics which have minimal impact. Hence the facility has been awarded National Ecotourism Accreditation Program certification for best practice in ecotourism.

Recycling


Regeneration


Responsible Gardening


As well as activities organised by the management, one can take their advice and go walking within the National Park. On the first afternoon we walked in the Yellow Pinch Reserve, taking in the wide assortment of bird life as well as the amazing scenery.



No hiding place for the Scarlet Honeyeater...


but Wally the Evening Brown Butterfly is well camouflaged


In reflective mood


Yellow Pinch Conquered


Next morning we hiked into the Lower Portals in search of the Vulnerable Glossy Black-Cockatoo amongst the casuarinas.





We were not successful this time, but we don't need that as an excuse to return to Mt Barney Lodge in the future.

Australian Wood Ducks a-dabbling


What bird is that?

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Why? To relax and enjoy camping without the hassle
When: Any time
Phone: 0755443233
Where: Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat
Cost: From $90 per night
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