A World Apart

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A World Apart

Four properties, four gardens and four unique experiences.


Follow the eccentric wooden signs through Mt Barney’s dramatic scenery to uncover amazing local produce and wine. On the weekend of 23 and 24 May 2015, four tourism operators opened their doors for the eighth annual A World Apart festival. A World Apart is a feast for the senses. Wine tasting, bush tucker, gourmet wood fired pizzas, lemon meringue pie and the free “taste of Mt Barney” sample enticed visitors while the live music and artwork added to the ambience.


The first stop of the day was lunch at Classi Cucina Italiana. Owned by the creators of the Schonell Pizza café at UQ, this cooking school is a hidden gem. A pleasant afternoon was spent feasting on delectable wood fire pizzas on the verandah overlooking the dam. Pizzas were $15 each and minestrone and gelato were also on the menu. The free “taste of Mt Barney” was homemade fruit sorbet…delicious. Get in early to avoid disappointment!


Winding further down the road, we headed off the bitumen and onto a dirt track towards the Barney Creek Vineyard and Winery. Wander around the rambling gardens, taste the local wine and marvel at the paintings of Therese Flynn-Clark. Three holiday cottages were also open for viewing.

A World Apart

The final two operators were ecotourism retreat, Mt Barney Lodge and Scenic Rim Hampers. Mt Barney Lodge is located at the base of the 1354 metre mountain. Stroll around the herb gardens, go on a bush tucker tour, enjoy a barbeque bush tucker lunch and don’t forget to taste their popular bush lemon-meringue pie. Scenic Rim Hampers provided guests with the opportunity to sample local indulgences included within their hampers.


Only 90 minutes from Brisbane, Mt Barney feels like “A World Apart” with its rugged mountain peaks and unique topography. Soak up the incredible scenery while savouring local delights. With so much on offer, consider visiting the region over a weekend. The World Heritage listed Mt Barney National Park has plenty of walking tracks and even boasts remains of the ancient Gondwana rainforest.