Things To Do
Things To Do On The Property
With everything right at your fingertips you won’t need to touch your car keys ‘til it’s time to leave!
Some of our guests find they’re so relaxed they have no need to venture outside the cosy confines of their cottages, but others prefer to get their blood pumping outdoors and take in all that our sprawling 40-acre property has to offer.
No matter how many times you look out at Mount Barney, Mount Maroon and Mount Lindesay, they’ll never look quite the same. If you’re up early enough, they’re particularly special right on sunrise.
Photography buffs will be in heaven capturing the natural beauty of the landscape, as will avid bird-watchers with more than 120 species documented in the area.
Mount Barney Creek is spring-fed and runs all year round, offering a multitude of activities, including swimming, kayaking, picnics, walks, and if you’re patient, you may even spot a platypus. We also have a pool for guest use.
Keen fishers will find bass, trout, carp and Mary River cod in Mount Barney Creek and Logan River.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, take a wander through the vineyard and gardens where you’ll find plenty of spots for a picnic. Be sure to take a book with you and make a day of it.
When the sun goes down, the show truly begins at Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages. Watch the sunset over the mountain ranges, and then wait as the stars come out. Without the glow of city lights, on a clear night you will see millions of stars blanketing the dark night sky. Then it’s time to head inside for a glass of red.
See additional Scenic Rim local attractions and activities for your stay at Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages below. No matter what you’re searching for, this beautiful natural wonderland has something for everyone.
See the Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages Map here.
Exploring The Scenic Rim - Get Active
Expert hikers up for a challenge can trek to the summit of either Mount Barney via South Ridge or Mount Maroon via Cotswold track. Both tracks take at least 8 hours each and should only be attempted by experienced bushwalkers with a high level of fitness as well as navigational and map reading skills.
For the less experienced, a number of companies offer guided walks.
Remember preparation is the key to a safe bushwalk. Familiarise yourself with the route, and take plenty of water, food, a hat, and sunscreen. Always consult local guides and let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
When you can walk no more, ride instead! Private companies offer horse-riding tours through many of the region’s National Parks.
Fishing enthusiasts will find Moogerah and Maroon Dams stocked with Australian bass, golden perch, silver perch, Mary River cod and saratoga.
And if you’ve still got time after all that, squeeze in a few holes at one of the region’s numerous golf courses.
Exploring The Scenic Rim - Adventure Time
Mountain bike, motocross and off-road 4WD enthusiasts will find all they need. Climbers and abseilers are also in their element here. Private businesses cater for beginners, while hard-core climbers will find more than 400 climbs plus the internationally famous Frog Buttress on Mount French, considered one of Australia’s best crack climbs.
Then once you’ve seen it from the ground, see this beautiful region from the air! Take a ride in a hot-air balloon, glider or light aircraft or, for a real thrill, try hang gliding!
Exploring The Scenic Rim - Foodies’ Delight
The fertile, volcanic soils of the region are responsible for some exceptional quality local produce, which you’ll find not just at roadside stalls and markets – but also on the menus of the region’s finest restaurants.
Feeling creative? Try an authentic Italian cooking class. The relaxed country environment and bountiful local produce will turn even the most inexperienced hand into a talented home cook.
Local winemakers are passionate about Queensland wine and you’ll see why when you sample some of their best whites and full-bodied reds. If wine isn’t your tipple of choice, Tamborine Mountain also has two boutique breweries and a distillery. And don’t worry about over-imbibing and driving. Many local operators offer food and wine tours, so you can leave the keys behind.
Before you head home, be sure to stock up on supplies by visiting the growers and producers of local cheese, wine, olives and preserves.
Mount Barney National Park is World Heritage-listed and is classified as a wilderness park, which means you’re seeing the area in its most natural and untouched form.
Both the park and our 40-acre property are nestled within a biodiversity hotspot that covers the entire Scenic Rim. We share this beautiful place with Australia’s most iconic wildlife – koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and platypus – as well as about half of Australia’s bird species.
Remember feeding native animals human food can cause them to become very sick. Please, do not feed the animals.
If you like hiking, the place is only a few kilometres from the Lower portals mount barney walk, which has the most amazing swimming hole i’ve ever come across. I can recommend this place to anyone.
…ate and drank well, relaxed, did two rather big walks, swam in a mountain creek with no one else around, saw beautiful birds and wildlife, and surrounded by stunning scenery. We will definitely be returning to the area.