The Rathdowney Township

Rathdowney is the small hub of the surrounding rural community. Its beginnings revolve around dairying and the timber industry.

'Rathdowney' was the name of the property that was settled by Thomas Lodge Murray-Prior in 1876. John Collins & Sons purchased Rathdowney in 1884; the township being developed about 1910. Below is a list of the facilities within the Rathdowney Region:

  • Bowls Club, Swimming Pool
  • Police Station & Casualty Centre with Ambulance
  • Churches & Community Hall
  • Hotel/Motel & Caravan Parks
  • Memorial Grounds (Sports Grounds)
  • Mobile Library (Thursday afternoons only – Collins Street)
  • Butcher, Newsagency & Post Office
  • Primary School (Prep - Year 7)
  • Playgroup at Primary School
  • Service Station & Take Away Food Shop
  • Tourist Information Centre & Historical Museum
  • as well as many Sporting Clubs and other community organisations

Rathdowney Area Development & Historical Association Inc

The Rathdowney Area Development & Historical Association Inc (RADHA) was established in 1978.

RADHA is a volunteer community organisation with members from all areas of the community. RADHA runs the Visitor Information Centre and also the Museum.

At present, we have about 40 members. We hold meetings each month on the 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm at the Information Centre. New members are always welcome.

RADHA's aims include promoting the community and current activities, its history, developing facilities and encouraging tourism. We try to do this in a manner, which maintains our rural outlook.

For a number of years Rathdowney has hosted a Heritage Festival and the Heritage Farmers Market.

For tourism information, please contact the Rathdowney Information Centre on +61 7 5544 1222.



RADHA Committee

President –David Cockburn
Secretary – Catherine Drynan
Treasurer – Pamela Hardgrave  

What's On in Rathdowney

  • 25 Jun
    Eat Local 25 Jun 2017 All Day

    Tastings, Country Markets, Sausage Sizzle, Heritage Displays at the Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre

  • 25 Jun
    Rathdowney Country Market Day 25 Jun 2017 07:00 PM to 02:00 AM

    Come to Rathdowney for free tastings, as part of the Scenic Rim's Eat Local Week!   Country Markets bake it, sew it, grow it will be held from 9am to 2pm.   Showcasing local producers of the Scenic