Rathdowney and Mt Barney


Rathdowney, in the Scenic Rim home to some of Queensland’s most impressive walking and climbing tracks. Vast open spaces of lush pastures are dominated by the towering bulk of Mt Barney and Mt Lindesay. Escape to this part of the Scenic Rim for outdoor adventure and nature experiences.

Begin your journey into the south with a visit to Rathdowney, which lies about 32km south of Beaudesert. Rathdowney started as a service centre to new farming districts. Today it is a gateway to the many walks and climbs available in the nearby Mt Barney national park. The park’s two majestic mountains – Mt Barney and Mt Lindesay – are distinctive markers on the scenic rim landscape.

Mt Barney

Mt Barney, which at 1359m high is Queensland’sfourth-highest peak, is visible from many points throughout the Scenic Rim. On the Queensland/ NSW border, the Mt Barney National Park protects seven peaks around the 1000m mark including Mountains  , Ballow, Clunie and Ernest. The rugged peaks are all thatremain of the ancient focal shield volcano, which erupted some 26-million years ago.

Mount Barney National Park is World Heritage listed and is a designated wilderness park. It is one of the largest areas of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in South East Queensland and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Rathdowney and Mt Barney

Things to do

  • Step back in time when you visit the local Rathdowney Museum, where the local history is well-documented.
  • Explore the World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park, which is a designated wilderness park. Mt Barney is surrounded by valleys, caves, rock pools and woodland forest.
  • Book into one of the nearby accommodation options and explore the region more extensively. Try Barney Creek Cottages, Mt Barney Lodge, Thistledown Cottage, Tuckeroo Cottages and Gardens and Lillydale Farmstay.
  • Pack up the bikes and head to Bigriggen Park, a 40-hectare holiday park encompassing hills and native bushland. Bigriggen puts you close to the local walks and parks and offers camping and bunkhouse facilities. Your kids will love riding their bikes around the local road network. Pets are welcome too.
  • Chat to the experts at Mt Barney Lodge, where you can stay in a renovated Queenslander or a luxury tent. The kids will love the holiday activities.