Mt Barney Retreat offers dormitory style accommodation in spacious cabins that can sleep 8 persons. They are basic but comfortable - shady and cool in the summer but a tad cold in the winter. So make sure you bring some warm gear. It is dormitory style accommodation with bunk beds, a changing room and locker room in which to store any valuables. Both cabins have good shade in the afternoon and louver windows along both sides help you to moderate air flow throughout the cabin to pick up the cool summer breezes.
The cabins have been named after the mountains in Mt Barney National Park: the Ballow cabin overlooking the dam and the Mowburra cabin overlooking the camping ground.
Mountain weather is variable and it often gets cold at night so a blanket to bring along is a good option. You will also need to bring along sleeping materials such as pillows, sleeping bags if needed and sheets etc. A 12V DC external battery provides safe and adequate lighting.
With the exception of the roof the materials used in its construction were either recycled or taken off the property. The framework is hardwood timber selectively cleared from the property and milled on site using a locally operated mobile saw mill. The timber is very very hard and forms a strong framework for the corrugated iron walls re-cycled from a defunct army barracks near Brisbane (Wacol) and towed up the mountain tracks by trailer and Land Rover. All the constructed parts of the cabin are then tied down to a central tree pole cut from the adjoining forest.
It’s over 10 m long and 200mm in diameter. The tree beam (grey gum Eucalyptus proinqua) is noted for its strength and durability and was lifted into place by crane and now it safely secures the whole building. The poles for the cabins platform were cut down and transported form the valley below. It is Grey ironbark (Eucalyptus siderophloia) and is one of the most hardest and enduring timbers in Australia. I selected iron bark because of its tremendous strength and endurance as the name suggests. The trees were cut down in a nearby property and carted up the mountain - they are highly resistant to termite attack but as an added precaution all of them have been termite proofed as well.
There are no cooking facilities allowed in the cabins. Food crumbs etc attracts possums and other furry creatures and these attract the snakes some of which can cause no end of trouble. So we offer you all the kitchen and cooking facilities you need in the communal hall.
The kitchen is well provisioned. Everything is there in the way of crockery, cutlery, stoves, gas rings, BBQ and a microwave. Hot water and sinks are there for washing up etc. The communal hall is situated right beside the kitchen so it is an ideal place to eat with a large table capable of seating over 12 persons and other tables and chairs as required.
Ballow Cabin: Sleeps 6. Three double bunk-beds;
Mowburra Cabin: Sleeps 8. One double bunk-bed (double base, single top) and three double bunks-beds (singles); and
Monserrat Cabin: Sleeps 8. Two double bunk-beds (double base, single top) and 1 double bed.