Rathdowney Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Old cart at the museum
    Old cart at the museum
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  • Story of the sawmill
    Story of the sawmill
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Rathdowney Things to Do

  • Mount Barney

    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...

  • The museum

    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.


    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...


    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...


    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.


    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...


    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...

  • RATHDOWNEY - Drive the scenic "LIONS ...

    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...


    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...


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    by balhannah Written Jan 2, 2012

    The Rathdowney Hotel is located in the small town of the same name.
    This Hotel is very popular with traveller's and us alike. We have been here for a meal, four times now!
    On entering the Hotel, we head to the Bar where the Menu's are located. There also is a "special's" board. After ordering, we chose to eat outside in the Beer Garden as it was a nice day. In Winter, we eat inside in the Dining Room.
    We didn't have to wait long for our meal's to arrive.
    I had Fish & chip's + Salad, which filled my plate for $10. Cooked to perfection, I enjoyed my meal.
    My husband had crumbed Lamb Chop's and a big array of Vegetable's which filled a larger plate and cost $19. He was happy!

    Once again, we went away happy customer's and will be back again one day!

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Rathdowney Off The Beaten Path


    This Church is located halfway between Rathdowney and Beaudesert.You can't miss it when travelling on the main road, as it is situated on a hill overlooking the valley.Its a heritage listed Anglican church. The family owned timber church, was built in 1915 when it was dedicated by the Archbishop of Brisbane, in memory of Robert Collins (1843-1913)...


    This Cemetery has a very interesting grave.The 'KENNIFF BROTHERS' were Australian bushrangers, and they killed Police Constable Doyle and Albert Dahlke, an employee. They were trying to aphrehend the Kenniff Brothers for stealing a Pony, and lost their lives doing so.An interesting site to read about this is :...

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