About Rathdowney and Mt Barney NP

The tiny historic village of Rathdowney began life in the early 1900?s to service surrounding farms and pioneering timber-getters. It is now the gateway to the natural wonders of Mt Barney National Park.

This is a region of rugged mountain peaks and rolling foothills – a delicate blend of farming, tourism and nature, overlooked by the dramatic peaks of Mt Barney – Queensland’s second highest mountain – and the distinctly shaped Mt Lindesay.

Mt Barney National Park is world-heritage listed and designated a wilderness zone.  Walking tracks are signposted but not maintained so they retain their natural look, as they meander through the Australian bush, past waterholes and caves, before scaling the harsher climbs. Accommodation is plentiful, so why not consider a weekend getaway or Mt Barney camping experience.

Explore the region


Mount Barney is home to luxurious character cottages, farm-stay bed and breakfasts and an eco lodge which is perfect for groups of families, holidaying together. Mt Barney camping is also popular along the banks of the creeks – swim by day and toast marshmallows under the stars by night. More >>

Things to do

Queensland bushwalkers flock to Mount Barney for an uncrowded Australian bush experience – trek, climb or abseil either with friends or with a guide. Also popular – lake paddling, horse-riding, authentic Italian cooking classes, sampling locally grown wine, alpaca feeding and a visit to a working Queensland farm. More >>

Food & Wine

In keeping with its more remote nature, most dining opportunities are provided ‘in-house’ to guests staying at Mt Barney accommodation. However the Rathdowney pub does great meals or consider a wood-fired pizza and italian cooking class and local wine tasting.

Guided Experiences

What better way that to unearth the treasures of Mt Barney than an ‘eco-’walk? Learn local secrets and folklore, as well as interpret wildlife, bird and plant sightings. This region is also a great place to learn to rock climb or abseil, under a watchful and experienced eye. 

National Park

Mount Barney National Park covers more than 17,600 hectares of rugged terrain and includes the peaks of Mt Barney, Mt Lindesay, Mt May and Mt Maroon. It features a number of walking tracks though mixed forests, deep gorges, natural swimming holes and rainforest. More>>

Weddings & Conferences

If you’re looking for a conference or wedding venue, near Brisbane of the Gold Coast hinterland, Mt Barney offers a spectacular blend of majestic mountains and country charm, with both small intimate venues and those who can cater for larger numbers. More>>

Events and Festivals

The Rathdowney Heritage Fesitval brings visitors from far afield each April to try their hand at old pastimes, including woodchopping, tent pegging and whip cracking. Then in May, it’s Mt Barney’s turn with the ‘World Apart’ festival, showcasing the region’s hidden tastes. More>>