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, 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.