The Mount Lindesay Highway village of Rathdowney lies in the Logan River Valley at the base of the Great Dividing Range.
Its rich, river flats have been planted and grazed since the region was first settled in the mid-19th century, but in recent years there has been a distinct shift in production emphasis with the establishment of a number of major thoroughbred studs between Beaudesert and Rathdowney.
The Kooralbyn Hotel and golf resort, just a few kilometres north of Rathdowney, has also broadened the area’s economic base.
Rathdowney, which is linked to Stanmore and Tenterfield by the scenic highway drive through the mountains of the border ranges, is within comfortable driving distance of the hinterland national parks and the Gold Coast.
You can also take the backroad through magnificent bushland to Boonah and to Lake Moogerah in the Fassifern Valley. The lake is a major aquatic playground and fishing spot.
If you are having trouble reading the map, drop into the Rathdowney Hotel where one of the locals will point you to the right direction while you down a refreshing ale.