Mount Lindesay, once seen, never forgotten because of its unusual tiered summit, the remnant of lava flows from the nearby Focal Peak shield volcano.
The mountain lies on the Queensland-New South Wales border, approximately 140 km south west of Brisbane. Mount Lindesay is situated within the Mount Barney National Park in Queensland and the Border Ranges National Park in New South Wales. Most of the peak is covered in dense rainforest, and the summit is often under cloud cover. Mount Lindesay is significant to the local Githabul people.
There is only one steep and exposed route to the summit, rated at approximately grade 6-7, which starts at the south east corner of the upper cliffs, not a decent track and should only be attempted if you have basic rock-climbing and abseiling skills, or be under the guidance of experienced rock-climbers.
In December 1928, Mount Lindesay was the site of the first known recreational climbing fatality in Australia, when Lyle Vidler fell to his death whilst attempting a solo ascent of Vidler's Chimney. He is buried in a grave in the rainforest, not far from where he fell. On the 19 June 2011 Ross Miller, one of a party of six, fell to his death while climbing in a designated area.
It's for this reason, that you should leave your name, address, number of people in your party, ages and any medical conditions, vehicle registration, make, model, colour and parking location,
the route you are taking, expected times of departure and return with somebody, then if you do not return, a search party can come looking. Better to be safe than sorry!
The Mount Lindesay Highway passes to the western side of Mount Lindesay.
MOUNT BARNEY NATIONAL PARK, and there are many Mountains here, including Mount Barney, Mount Maroon, Mount May, Mount Lindesay, Mount Ernest, Mount Ballow and Mount Clunie. All of the Mountains were created by an ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago.
The park has a lot of open forests around the foothills of the peaks, subtropical rainforest above 600 m. Many rare and unusual plant species grow in the park including the endangered Maroon wattle, rare mallee ash, Mount Barney bush pea.
There are three marked tracks at the base of Mount Barney: the Lower Portals, Cronan Creek and Upper Portals tracks.
The only walk I have done, and it was quite a while back, is to the Lower Portals, which has a lovely pool, a gorge and creek, nice!
7.4 km return ....Allow about 3 hours, departing from the Lower Portals car park.
Cronan Creek—13 km return (Allow about 5 hours walking time) A walk through the cool rainforest.
Upper Portals—8 km return (Allow about 3 hours walking time) You need a 4WD to reach the Upper Portals carpark from where the walk leaves.
Cotswold track—6 km return (Allow about 8 hours walking time) takes you to Mount Maroon summit.
In spring this summit provides spectacular wildflower displays.
Allow a full day to reach the summit safely and to return to your vehicle.
There are picnic tables, toilets, barbecues and information displays at Yellow Pinch at the base of Mount Barney.
For a lovely scenic back road drive, follow the Mount Lindesay Highway through BEAUDESERT to RATHDOWNEY. Perhaps you might like to stop here for lunch, I can recommend the Pub's Meal.
Turn right 1 km after Rathdowney and travel 8 km to the Barney View–Upper Logan Road turn-off. After turning left, follow the signs to either Lower Portals or Yellow Pinch.
Another way is through beautiful BOONAH
Follow the Boonah–Rathdowney Road south for 39 km. Turn right on to the Barney View–Upper Logan Road, travel a further 12 km and follow the signs to either the Lower Portals or Yellow Pinch.
There is a day use area, you can bush camp in the National Park, and there are private camping areas and accommodations. A nice creek with cascades and deeper pools runs by.
Its about 120ks from Brisbane via the Mount Lindesay Highway.