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by Keona (subscribe)
I am an avid runner, writer, counsellor, mum and wife who loves exploring the outdoors and discovering new and exciting places to explore.
Published November 11th 2014
Get back to nature for some family bonding
There's something magical about driving through a forest filled with rugged peaks, diverse terrain and breathtaking views of giant mountains and picturesque valleys around every corner. The Scenic Rim and Cambanoora Gorge make a superb day trip for the whole family.

Scenic rim, Cambanoora Gorge
Kids will love to explore the Gorge

Situated on Queensland's famous 'Scenic Rim', the 18 400-hectare Main Range National Park is a wonderland for those needing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. With breathtaking scenery, crisp clean air and a mystical enchantment you will easily leave your troubles behind as your adventure into the wilderness begins.

Scenic Rim, Cambanoora Gorge
Something off the beaten track for the thrill seekers..

The tracks are suitable for those looking for easy to moderate bush driving and are suitable for most all terrain vehicles. There are fourteen spectacular shallow creek crossings of the famous Condamine River, although after heavy rainfall it is advisable to check the depth before crossing, unless you have a high clearance vehicle.

Your adventure begins as you head south from the township of Boonah, 95kms southwest of Brisbane via the Ipswich Motorway and the Cunningham Highway, then via Peak Crossing. The total distance of the tracks is 150km, with an unsealed distance of 78km.

As you head south from Boonah, along the dirt roads you'll pass the 1381 metre Mount Superbus, the highest peak in southern Queensland. Climbing the range you will have stunning views of the Teviot Falls and Wilson's Peak. There are so many breathtaking spots to stop along the track that you will be spoiled for choice!

scenic Rim, Cambanoora Gorge
The view to take your breath away

The fourteen creek crossings are so much fun for the whole family and the kids will delight in seeing the car sprayed with water as you cross the rocky creek beds. On a hot day the shallow creek provides a fun time for the kids to frolic along the way, while mum and dad watch on, enjoying some goodies from the picnic basket and soak in the atmosphere of the sun sparkling through the abundant rainforest. The humming of saccades has a meditative effect as you sit and spot the many species of bird life in the overhanging trees.

Scenic Rim, Cambanoora Gorge
This historical old cottage was a very unexpected surprise around the corner

The track winds it's way along to the tiny village of Killarney, where you can be forgiven for thinking that you have stepped back in time. The Killarney hotel is a grand old Queenslander, which sits proudly in the middle of the town and is the perfect choice for lunch, not to mention a great photo opportunity.

Killarney Hotel, Scenic Rim
The historic Killarney Hotel

After lunch a short drive from the town centre you can all put your hiking boots on for the stunning walk down to the Queen Mary Falls, where the waters of Spring Creek plunge 40 metres into the rainforest gully, then flow to join the Condamine River. The track down to the falls is easy to navigate so a great walk for the whole family. The 2km return track takes approximately one hour at a leisurely pace, allowing for plenty of photo time. The water flows all year round and the scenery at the base of the falls will take your breath away. Legend has it that the Queen Mary was bought to the falls on horseback as a child and hence the reason the falls were named after her.

Scenic Rim, Cambanoora Gorge

This day trip to the scenic rim will be sure to recharge your batteries, although it will be very hard adjusting to city life after such an exhilarating day in nature!

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When: All year round
Cost: Free
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