Mt Barney Lodge is within the independent drive circuit of the Rainforest Way.

Download your own touring route map of the Lions Road or Main Range loop.

Boonah District

Visit the quaint town of Boonah and stroll through the main street to visit a diversity of speciality shops to include Cafés, second hand shops, clothes and antique shops. Boonah also has a cinema which shows films over the weekend.

Boonah Spar Arts Festival: Each September, Boonah holds an arts festival, in which the young and old of the whole town, has a chance to play a part. The festival extends for a period of about a week and includes art shows, paddock sculptures, music awards, live bands, cinema and a Spectacular lantern parade and performance to bring a close to the festival.

The Scenic Rim Tourism website ( - Features all there is to know of things to see and do in Boonah



If traveling from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you will pass through the small township ofRathdowney (pop 400) on your way to Mt Barney Lodge. Only a 20 minute drive from the Lodge, Rathdowney boasts a Pub (with meals), a butcher (check out their smoked goods and is open 5 days a week), a service station, Visitors Information Center (and museum), Childrens' playground and a general store. The Rathy Store stocks all the 'basics' including take-a-way meals, ie hot chips, pies, sandwiches, hamburgers etc. The shop hours are 6am to 5pm daily.

Every year, a rodeo and campdraft are held at the local rodeo grounds. For more information on these events and more including Heritage Markets, click here.

Queen Mary Falls

From Mt Barney Lodge, head towards Boonah (along the Boonah Rathdowney Road) and turn off at Carney’s Creek Road (sign posted ‘the falls drive’). This road winds its way through some of the most gorgeous farmland, mountain ranges and cascading streams. Be sure to stop at Spring Creek Mountain Café (just before Queen Mary Falls) for fantastic views and mouth-watering cuisine.

After your stomachs are full... continue on to Queen Mary Falls for a delightful walk down through the tall open forest dominated by towering forest red gums and brush box to subtropical rainforest in the gorge. Your first view of the spectacular Queen Mary Falls is a delightful surprise. The waterfall drops 40 metres over the glistening basalt rock to the gorge below. As you cross Spring Creek, you walk through a fine mist spray from the waterfall... a refreshing moment…especially in the summer months.

For an alternate route, click here.

Note: Spring Creek Mountain Café is open for lunch, morning and afternoon tea on Wednesday’s, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Dinners can be organised are by appointment.

T: 4664 7101

Maroon Dam

For an absolutely gorgeous day out, visit Maroon Dam. There are fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, a lovely grassy picnic area and plenty of water for water sports such as canoeing and fishing.

Fishing permits can be obtained online via the Queensland Government Gateway or from the BP service station in Boonah. Permits cost $7 per week, or $35 per year. 1 permit is required per couple.

Waterfall Reserve

After a bit of rain, the waterfall plunging into the waterhole at this reserve is spectacular. On a hot summer’s day, this waterhole is ideal for a cool off and picnic.

Directions can be sought from staff at Mt Barney Lodge.

Vegetarian Meatloaf

prep time 10 mins cook time 30-45 min, plus an extra 10 min to cool serves 4 to 5


1 cup cooked/tinned lentils or black beans

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 small onion, diced

1 cup of quick cooking oats

¾ cup of grated cheddar cheese

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp of dried or fresh basil

1 tsp of dried or fresh parsley

½ tsp of seasoning salt

¼ tsp of black pepper


Drain and partially mash lentils

Stir in onion, oats, breadcrumbs and cheese until mixed

Add egg, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, seasoning salt and pepper

Mix well

Spoon into loaf pan that has been greased and lined

Smooth top with back of spoon

Bake at 250 degrees for 30-45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown

Cool in pan on rack for about 10 minutes

Run a sharp knife around edges of pan then turn out loaf onto serving platter

*able to be frozen