Beaudesert to Kyogle Distance: 96 km Time: 1 hr 30 min
The Lions Road was built as a Lions Club project to allow travellers to visit the forests and crisscross Running Creek and Gradys Creek on the QLD-NSW border.
It forms a scenic link between QLD and NSW and along with the amazing rainforest, the highlight is the spectacular railway engineering feat of the Border Loop. To enable trains to cross the Border Ranges, engineers had to gain altitude at a reasonable gradient. The answer was this ingenious spiral loop.
You’ll pass Laravale, Tamrookum (book ahead and visit the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy), cross the Tamrookum Creek and you’ll arrive to Rathdowney.
While you’re in the area, call into Rathlogan Grove (open weekends) for olives and olive oil, plus there’s a café and giftshop. The Rathdowney Pub is great too. Fuel up and call into the Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre, where the volunteers are very knowledgeable. Browse the Rathdowney Historical Centre in the same building.
From Rathdowney, take Running Creek Rd towards Kyogle. This road becomes Lions Rd and passes through the Border Ranges National Park. This road is generally not suitable for trailers as it is quite narrow in spots. Check with Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre first.
Top Tip: On your return journey take the Mt Lindesay Highway and make a small detour via the small town of Woodenbong. Book accommodation in Mt Barney or Rathdowney and explore the area.