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    Mount Barney

    by iandsmith Written Mar 7, 2014

    Mt Barney, which at 1354m, is Southern Queensland’s second-highest peak (after Bartle Frere), is visible from many points throughout the Scenic Rim. It rises above surrounding farmlands in the Mt Barney National Park, which straddles the Queensland-New South Wales border. The rugged peaks are all that remain of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago.
    Mt Barney National Park is World Heritage listed and is designated a wilderness park, which means there are very few maintained walking tracks within the park. And that’s why so many visitors love this park, they’re seeing the habitat in its true and original form, untouched by human hand. Subsequently there are many rare and restricted plant species, especially on higher peaks.
    Mt Barney is surrounded by valleys, caves, rock pools and woodland forest, and a number of tourism based businesses operate in the foothills of this dramatic mountain.

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    The museum

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 7, 2014

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    Stories of the women of Rathdowney
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    The area’s history is well-recorded in the local museum, where you will learn about the struggles of the town’s pioneering men and women.
    You will also learn about the sawmill and what the early settlers did. It doesn't take long but it's well worth the effort.

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    MEMORIAL GROUND

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

    The Memorial Ground is really the Rathdowney showground's.
    Through-out the year, different event's are held here, including the Rathdowney Heritage Festival each year.
    Also, cheap camping is available at the ground, so if you want to explore the scenic rim, and have somewhere to camp where its safe, and there are Toilet's and Shower's + power, then this may be the place for you!

    Rathdowney Memorial Grounds (Caravan Park Bookings):
    Ph: +61 7 55441142 between 6.30am and 5.30pm

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    RATHDOWNEY PARK

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012
    The Park

    Located between the Highway and the service road, is the Rathdowney Park.
    This is another popular area in town.
    It has lawn, Trees, shrub's and a nice garden, also a small playground for the children.
    There are picnic tables and chair's, and clean Toilet's, all in the park.

    Just across the road, is the Take-Away shop, where we have bought fish n'chips and Hamburger's, and sat in the Park and ate them.

    A good place to stop for a break from driving!

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    HISTORIC CENTRE & INFO CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012
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    Located on the Mt. Lindesay Highway, right in the heart of Town, is the Historic & Info centre.
    The historic centre is a few old building's from the past and a small museum which you can have a look through for a small donation.
    There is an old German Wagon on display, Old Train station, and Prisoner Hut to name a few of the building's.

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    RATHDOWNEY BUTCHER

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012
    Rathdowney Butcher

    When we are in this area, it is usually a day trip of sightseeing and having a BBQ for lunch.

    The Rathdowney Butcher, is an old fashioned Butcher, with good quality meat's. Also, if you like Offal, then he sells this too, it is quite hard to get elsewhere.
    So what we do, is buy our meat here for our BBQ.

    He is closed on a Sunday, not sure about Saturday, but is open all week.

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    RATHDOWNEY HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012
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    The Rathdowney Pub is in one of those spot's when you are dying for a drink, what better place to stop, than here.
    I warn you, it is a very popular country pub.

    When inside, have a look a some to the thing's on the wall, like the Toilet Seat's, one is a clock and the other, mmm!....and what about the framed jock strap of one of the Chappel Brother's who played cricket.
    Want a drink of water, then just get it out of the mini Water Tank.
    Perhap's you would like a unique gift, like a bottle of Brandy surrounded with Ned kelly [bushranger], now that is different!
    We come for the meals, and they are excellent, see separate tip, and if you want to stay here, they have a Motel section.

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    RATHDOWNEY - Drive the scenic "LIONS ROAD"

    by balhannah Written Sep 16, 2009

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    The Lions Road, is a road that was originaly built by volunteers.
    At each end, there is a Donation box, please put a little money in to help them maintain the road.

    This a full days drive if you do the round trip. The BORDER LOOP LOOKOUT, overlooks a significant railway engineering feat. Construction began in 1926 and was completed in 1930. It linked eastern Australia with the first "same guage" interstate rail line for the first time. One tunnel is built through the Qld/NSW BORDER.

    Care should be taken driving this winding, unfenced road, because of wildlife and cattle. You should hear the Bellbirds singing on this route.

    I scanned a map I had, but for a better one and more information, visit the website below, or the tourist info centres in Rathdowney or Kyogle.

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    RATHDOWNEY & SURROUNDS.

    by balhannah Updated Sep 16, 2009

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    This is a small village in a picturesque location, 96kms from Brisbane.
    Only about 500 people live here. Don't let the size put you off.

    It has a Tourist information centre, holds a HERITAGE FESTIVAL EACH YEAR, and is the starting point for many scenic drives and Mountains.
    The Hotel does good, reasonably priced meals, and a Motel for accommodation is located in the town.

    Take a drive on the Lions road from Rathdowney. Not far from the beginning, are smart Race horse studs, lush and green grass, beautiful horses, and beautiful scenery.
    OR................
    Try some of the back roads that will take you past Mount Lindesay and Mount Barney, the scenery is stunning in this area.

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