The Falls Tourist Route Via Boonah

The Falls tourist Route is an incredibly beautiful journey via Boonah over the Macpherson Ranges down into Killarney. This tourist route is also known as The Settlers Route. Here you will pass Teviot Falls, the Spring Creek Lookout, Queen Mary’s Falls, Daggs Falls and Brown’s Falls. To get to The Falls Tourist Route, you simply drive from BrisbaneThe Whitlams with Symphonie Des Femmes. Read more … » to Boonah (via Ipswich). Pass through Ipswich and 15 minutes South along the Boonah-Rathdowney Road, you will see a right turn and a big brown sign saying “Falls Tourist Route”. Turn right here. :)

Misty Spring Creek Road

Misty Spring Creek Road

This road will initially take you through beautiful green pastured farmland. Some of these farms have work the land for over a century. This is real historic farming country here in the Boonah area of the Scenic Rim. Signs will take you all the way to Killarney. Just make sure you follow the signs to Killarney, via Spring Creek Road. The mountain road takes you through sub-tropical rainforest and 4WD’s can detour along the popular and spectacular Condamine Gorge, also known as the ‘14 River Crossing’ 4WD track.

View From Carr's Lookout

View From Carr’s Lookout

You ascend to the mountains on Spring Creek Road (unless you have decided to 4wd down the Condamine Gorge where you can loop back and over the mountain past all of the waterfalls in the opposite direction). First stop is a lookout on your right called Carrs Lookout. You will also find Spring Creek Cottages and Restaurant here. Park your car just off the road outside Spring Creek Cottages and walk back down the boardwalk to the lookout. This is spectacular. I have been here at dawn and at dusk which are the best times to view the beauty of the valley below.

Beautiful Valley Below

Beautiful Valley Below

Second stop is Queen Mary’s Falls where you will find a 2km loop track down to the bottom of the waterfall and back up again. This track is fine for the moderately fit. The hardest part is ascending back up to the picnic area. There is also a shorter walk to a lookout with spectacular views of Queen Mary’s Falls. There is a beautiful picnic area here with picnic tables and drop toilets. The bird life is outstanding but be careful that none of the cheeky buggers steal your food. 


 

Another plus of Queen Mary’s Falls is across the road – Queen Mary’s Falls Caravan Park – the cafe, kiosk and accommodationSpecial Q1 Accommodation Deals. Read more … » available here. The cafe has a wide variety of savoury and sweet mountain foods with both inside and outside (deck) eating available, as well as take away. Accommodation wise they have three deluxe cabins, a large house, an ensuite donga cabin and several cabins without bathroom. There is also lots of room for campingCamping On Flinders Beach Stradbroke Island . Read more … ». You can also buy bird seed here and feed the lorikeets and king parrots on their front lawn. 

Waterfall Viewing Platform

Waterfall Viewing Platform

Further along the road you will come to Daggs Falls with a great viewing platform. These falls are almost as spectacular as Queen Mary’s and worth a look. Descending down the mountain you come to yet another park with picnic area and a playground. Here you will find a walking track to Brown’s Falls. If you travel on to Killarney at this point, you will drive through farm land and the road will come to a T junction. Turn right to continue on to the small but interesting town of Killarney. If you have a 4wd and if you have the time, you can take a right hand turn before Killarney and do the 14 River Crossing Condamine Gorge 4wd track where you will loop back to Spring Creek Road. This track is not recommended after or during rain. The mud is incredibly slippery and some of the creek crossing can get quite deep. Even being able to convoy in drier weather is recommended by the locals. 

Queen Mary's Falls

Queen Mary’s Falls

14 River Crossing Road – Condamine River, Cambanoora Gorge

I have travelled this track about half a dozen times and each time it is always well worth it. I must admit that I am a bit of a 4wd enthusiast and prefer the track after a little rain as I enjoy the challenge. I do recommend a convoy though in wetter weather. The road will be closed usually if it is too wet and dangerous. This loop through the river crossings and over the mountain where the water falls are can be done in either direction – it is up to you. Keep in mind toilet stops and lunch time though if you want to enjoy lunch at Queen Mary’s Falls or Spring Creek Cottages. 

Cambanoora Gorge

Cambanoora Gorge

 

The Condamine has some of the most scenic 4wding this close to Brisbane, following the gorge crossing the Condamine River 14 times. There are some excellent camping sites and some water holes that make for an amazing day out for the entire family. The terrain will differ from mud 4x4ing to testing your 4wd in some amazing river crossings.

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Looking up at the Cambanoora Gorge

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14 River Crossing 4wd Track

 

 

 

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