I like the school of thought regarding the philosophy of travel. The traveller experiences life in many different cultures, countries & landscapes. Then there is the person who stands still and allows the world to come to them. For me I am enriched by travelers who pass through my little wilderness patch. I have met many visitors from all over the world who have sat around the camp fire with a cuppa sharing their stories and experience. A place to recharge and reconnect.
[Don’t just listen to me – please read what one of my valued customers have said about the place]. “ A Wilderness place so close to Brisbane. Mt Barney retreat is not listed on any tourist map. For the discerning traveler who wishes to experience a mountain escape without the hordes and to get there, requires a 4WD or a transfer by owner Ben Barton. Ben and his friends have built over the years a wonderful place to stay, to enjoy the beauty of the area and meet people from around the world who appreciate such spots. It is a place not designed for the masses. The retreat has an amazing lawn hill and grassy saddle with a lily pond on one side and communal campfire and camp kitchen/lounge on the other side. There is a communal permanent campfire with tin roof and a separate outdoor pizza oven, next to a communal camp kitchen cabin with a large dining table and lounge area with its own pot belly stove. Ben supplies the wood however appreciates a bit of help from visitors with loading and unloading wood from the trailer. There are short walks nearby leading to vistas on either side of the ridge which are spectacular. A 15 minute walk down a bush track takes you to an amazing sunset spot looking out over the Great Divide. From my experience, this is best enjoyed with a tipple and good company. Some folks use the Retreat as a base for longer walks (Upper and Lower Portals) and many other walks around Mt Barney of which Ben could advise. The best bit was you had to go to the ridge or lookout for phone reception so it was a device free weekend...much needed. There is a zip wire however we did not ask to use this as I had small children. Accommodation: Several cabins are available on the hillside which are balconied so you can enjoy the hillside view and marvel at the stars at night. The top hillside cabin sleeps 8-9 (4 bunk sets). BYO fitted sheet, sleeping bag and pillow. No facilities or power in the cabins. Wooden floors. For the QLD winter nights we wore a merino base layer under our pyjamas and slept in a regular light sleeping bag and were completely toasty warm. The top cabin has a shower and flushing toilet 10 steps away up the hill. Toilet paper, hand wash and shower wash provided. BYO towels. There are showers and toilets behind the camp kitchen / fire area. Everyone congregates to the main campfire for warmth and a yarn. Kitchen The kitchen has 2 gas burners with three rings each and a separate BBQ indoors. The generator is turned on only at night in winter, so a microwave can be used and power for radio, bread maker etc. There is a fridge and this is powered as needed. Cupboard for food storage is in the main camp kitchen as it is encouraged not to have food in the cabins to deter animals. There are some communal supplies of oil, soy sauce, tins and so forth. 2 double sink areas, gloves and dishwashing liquid and cloths provided. cupboards with plates, bowls, cutlery, cups, mugs, wine glasses, utensil boxes etc. Shelves of pots, pans and billys, kettles etc. If you want something a little different, where you can't book online and have to speak to a real person, then go for it, you will experience something special. Room Tip: The cabin on top of the hill has a loo and shower close by.
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