Why climb a mountain? Well, the usual answer is: because it’s there!
But there’s so much more reward involved in tackling one of the Scenic Rim’s magnificent peaks.
Once a month, Innes Larkin of Mt Barney Lodge offers the chance to join him on a guided ascent of Mt Maroon – more than 900 metres above sea level – to see the sun set and moon rise in an experience that will leave you on a literal and figurative high.
The walk is about 90 minutes – but the climb is steep and continuous, so a certain degree of fitness is required. However, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and catch your breath, as well as catching extraordinary views of the peaks and valleys that make up the Scenic Rim.
A hot meal and cuppa are further reward once you reach the craggy summit. But they can’t compare to the sense of personal achievement.
Innes Larkin sums it up beautifully: “To see their faces when they reach the summit…to feel that joy and happiness… to know they’ve done that little bit of hard work to get there… Yeah, to share that – time and time again – is amazing.”
And after your climb, there’s comfort in knowing a warm bed is waiting back at Mt Barney Lodge. You can set up a tent in the campsite; settle into a rustic cabin; or choose from one of two Queenslander Homesteads – both brimming with old-world country charm.
Check the Mt Barney Lodge website for details of the next Mt Maroon Moonrise walk – as well as other incredible outdoor adventures on offer.