The Falls Drive – Boonah to Killarney


Most South East Queenslanders use the Cunningham Highway via Cunninghams Gap to get to Warwick from Brisbane – but there is a little known (and much more photogenic) route via Boonah and Killarney known as The Falls Drive.

How to get there:

The route leaves the Boonah-Rathdowney Road south of Boonah and through Teviot Gap near Killarney takes in the four waterfalls on part of Spring Creek Road – Browns, Daggs, Queen Mary and Teviot Falls – and Carrs Lookout.  See The Falls Drive for more detailed information

Note: as of May 2014 the Teviot Falls section of the Rd is closed and you need to take an alternate route (on reasonable quality gravel rds) via White Swamp – see Killarney District Road Conditions for latest information.

Photo Spotz

There are a number of great photo opportunities along this route (including some which are quite condescendingly identified with large “Take Photos Here” signs).

The Moss Gardens. A walking track leads off to the left of the car park, into the Moss Gardens (which are not very well signed).  All of the trees along this track are covered in moss
and lichen.  This walk is very steep and rocky, but the view at the end is quite spectacular. (not recommended for people with mobility problems).

Carney’s Creek Road – has some spectacular views and great photo opportunities.

Carr’s Lookout –  overlooks the head-waters of the Condamine River, with spectacular views over the valley below.

Queen Mary Falls – has a picnic grounds with covered picnic tables and gas BBQ areas and public toilets.  The lookout point itself is an easy 400 metres walk and if you are feeling energetic (and have the time)you can continue walking to the base of the falls on a well defined track (a 2km circuit with some steep steps). Birds often congregate at Queen Mary Falls Tourist Park, opposite the
picnic area where a kiosk sells seed for bird feeding, as well as refreshments for visitors.

Dagg’s Falls, offers a lookout point from the road with an awesome view of the water plunging 38 metres over a basalt wall.

Brown’s Falls requires a 600 metres/20 minute walk/scramble.  The track is not well defined (but recently marked with red reflectors), but is well worth the effort.  Brown’s Falls
cascade 15 metres.


Some of the locations mentioned above are accessible right from the road (e.g. Carrs Lookout,Daggs Falls), some (e.g Queen Mary Falls) have well structured walking tracks, others (like Browns Creek Falls) require a bit of a scramble  through natural rainforest.  If you want the full experience you will need as moderate level of fitness and bring your walking shoes.


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