Yarriba Dreaming - Three Day Cultural Immersion

3 Days
Mt Barney, Queensland
Year Round
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Unearth a deep connection to nature and connect with Country on this three day cultural journey at Mt Barney Lodge. Immerse yourself in the ancient landscape of Queensland's Scenic Rim region, close to two hours' drive west of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Enjoy nature walks, sharing stories, learning traditional Indigenous ways of living and considering your own place in nature.


Mt Barney Lodge, 1093 Upper Logan Road, Mt Barney, Queensland.

What to expect

Connect with Country in the stunning Scenic Rim region of south east Queensland.

Your host, Gurruhmun "Old Man Kangaroo", a Ugarapul and Bidjara man with ancient local heritage, will welcome you to this Country and help you build your connection to nature during this very special three day tour.

Yarriba means “walking together” and this immersive cultural experience will guide you towards greater Connection with our personal and shared wilderness heritage.

The spectacular backdrop for your time on Country is Mount Barney National Park – World Heritage Listed and a wild, beautiful remnant of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest. It's popular with bushwalkers and home to many rare plant species and a rich diversity of wildlife.

During this 3-day cultural journey you will be staying at Mt Barney Lodge, a genuine Queenslander style homestead with breathtaking mountain views and its own private gardens. Home-cooked meals will be served in your own kitchen, in the exclusive dining room and by the campfire and nearby freshwater creek.

Your Yarriba Dreaming Experience

Day 1 - Find yourself on Country

Make your way to Mt Barney Lodge and meet your fellow explorers. A traditional smoking ceremony will welcome you to Country and put you at ease in this idyllic landscape. Walk to an ancient birthing water hole to share stories, receive your Totem and language name and learn the traditional and scientific context of Mount Barney and the Scenic Rim region. A night walk under the stars will complete the day.

Day 2 - Deeper connections

Breathe in the sunrise with traditional meditation and silent reflection. Later, explore survival on Country, building a shelter, searching for bush tucker, making fire and learning bushwalking skills. Traditional stories will bring the landscape to life and inspire your spiritual connection. Your camp oven dinner at the campfire will be topped off with cook-your-own sweet damper.

Day 3 - Initiation and direction

Start your final day with boomerang and spear throwing and discover traditional hunting principles. Bring your personal totem to life in an art workshop and virtual initiation then discuss your time together and future directions at a picnic beside the creek. Farewell with a final smoking ceremony to set you on your next journey.

What is included

This is a 3 day, 2 night all-inclusive experience with scheduled departures from August 2022 – November 2022. Enquire for other departure dates.

Tour cost is $1,895 per person twin share or $1,995 per person for single.

Minimum numbers: 4 people
Maximum numbers: 10 people

Day One commences from Mt Barney Lodge at 10am and departure on Day 3 is at 2pm.

This 3-day tour can also be scheduled for any time by prior arrangement where our Queenslander accommodation and guides are available.

Transfers are not included - groups can arrange a mini-bus transfer with us as a separate booking.

We request that video is not used during the tour.

Fitness requirements - we will be undertaking several bushwalks, day and night, on sometimes uneven tracks. A high level of fitness is not required, although you will need to have reasonable mobility and stamina.

Tour inclusions:

  • Homestead accommodation for 2 nights
  • Indigenous Host and Outdoor Guide
  • Calico Bag memento
  • All meals are included from morning tea on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3 - 2 x dinner, 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 3 x morning tea. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with 1 weeks' notice.

Meeting point

Mt Barney Lodge, 1093 Upper Logan Road, Mt Barney, Queensland.