Ran this road recently up and back. in winter watch for frost settled on wet forested sections of road (NSW border side). Check for displaced bolts on timber bridges and check give-way as most are single lane. Grady´s Creek crossing presently hairy entry to bridge, watch for oil. Cattle on road near Rathdowney - though the droppings on road gives their location away.
Great views heading north across the ranges, and some pretty rural spots. Plenty of potholes - sometimes filled with gravel.
Last road, March 2012. The road in, going from Rathdowney is quite nice, through farmland and climbing up into the Border Ranges Nat pk. The bridges over the creeks, are slowly being made flood resistant. Be careful of the cattle grids, when damp, especially the one that is on a bend, as they become very slippery.
Once you cross the border, the road becomes very twisty, but the road surface starts to turn to crap. When you come down from the range, there are straights etc, but lots of potholes and those terrible wooden bridges, that when wet,are dangerous to the less experienced riders. Be careful of where the farmers/council have cut the grass on the side of the road, as it ends up over the road and is a hazard. This is a road to do once, so you can at least say you have ridden it IMHO.
This is a sealed 45 km shortcut across the border ranges that is substantially maintained by funds generated by the local Kyogle and Beaudesert Lions Clubs. As such, it has some very bumpy sections and potholes may remain unfilled for some time. This road is thin with quite a few unsurveyed corners, dips, rises, wooden bridges, cattle wandering between the cattle grids (leaving their deposits on the road) and creek crossings. Regardless of all this, the Lions Road is popular for its tight endless corners and as an interesting and scenic shortcut between Rathdowney and Kyogle. To start at the northern end, either turn left off the Mount Lindsay Hwy about 6.5 km before Rathdowney onto Innisplain Road (and travel south for 6.1 km); or head east out of Rathdowney on Running Creek Road for 3.0 km then turn right at 'T' to head south. It is then about 20.7 km to the state border crossing where there are donation tins located to each side of the road (to help with maintenance costs). The road travels through the rain forest, over the hills, along various creeks, and also is aligned closely to the interstate railway. A turnoff 2.2 km south of the border crossing takes you a hundred metres or so to a lookout that makes a good rest stop with a view of the border railway loop below. The marked end of this route is 18 km north of Kyogle (3.7 km north of Wiangaree) along the Summerland Way.