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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Published April 13th 2013
Just out of Stanthorpe, a little known gem awaits
Boonoo Boonoo Falls
Like many Brisbane families at Easter, we tramped off to Stanthorpe to check out Giraween National Park, however this trip we got a little more off the beaten track and headed further down over the New South Wales border to see Bald Rock National Park which connects with Giraween. After our visit to see the rock, we followed the road out of the park to drive back to Stanthorpe on the New England Highway. Not far from the Bald Rock turn off, on Mount Lindsay Road is a left-hand turn on to Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road.

Our interest was piqued, and not having seen the falls mentioned in any of the tourist brochures we picked up in Stanthorpe, we decided to follow our noses and investigate.

Wallabies are a frequent sight.

[ADVERT]The good quality gravel road, took us through 14km of more granite strewn country and led us through fields of wallabies. Eventually, after we felt sure that we were heading into the middle of nowhere and were hopelessly lost, it met up with a large creek, which was very picturesque and we thought that we had reached our destination as there were camp sites, a toilet block and lots of marked walking trails. However we decided to follow the road to its end and eventually found camping grounds, picnic sites and toilets next to rock pools suitable for swimming.

The rock pools are ideal for swimming
Owing to the regular rain we have received, the water tumbled through this area and we felt that we must have indeed reached the falls. Signposts for walking trails suggested otherwise, so we undertook the short 300 metre walk to the falls. At each bend, the scenery became more breathtaking, until finally we had reached the falls lookout and were astounded.

Spectacular views

The river winds its way through the countryside to a gorge, where it suddenly falls 210 metres down the side of the granite cliff face. Legend tells that this is where Banjo Paterson proposed to his sweetheart, the daughter of a Tenterfield Cattle Station owner - the "colt" had got away! It certainly is a romantic setting and even our teenage sons were mesmerised by the spectacular falls and granite formations. The whole family stood for fifteen minutes, just watching and listening to the water drop to the river below, happily snapping shots and wishing for better cameras.

The lookout presents a wonderful vantage point

Our three year old daughter managed the walk and steps with no complaints and happily poked around in the shallows of the rock pools until rain unfortunately chased us off. We can't wait to come back next time with better walking shoes and a picnic so that we can traverse the 6.4 kilometre River Walk which follows the course of the river. Our plan is to come back in spring when the numerous wildflowers are said to transform the countryside into paradise.

The Short walk to the falls is quite manageable

Day travellers should remember to pack water, hats and good walking shoes. Cost of entry for vehicles for the day is $7.00. Camping sites are available and no bookings are taken, but a pay and display system is in operation.
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Why? Fabulous views off the beaten track
When: Anytime (except in bad weather)
Phone: 02 6736 4298
Where: Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road, Tenterfield
Cost: $7.00 per vehicle for a day visit, $10 per adult, $5 per child when camping
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