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Browns Falls Killarney

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 15th 2016
At Killarney there is a short fun walk to a lovely falls
Browns Falls is a 15 metre waterfall only 4.5 kms outside of Killarney in the Scenic Rim. To visit the waterfall requires a 600 metre walk along a very rough but beautiful track. It is definitely worth the walk as the track follows the lovely watercourse up to the falls.

Photo of Browns Falls courtesy of Bryce Walker at Flickr
Photo of Browns Falls courtesy of Bryce Walker at Flickr


The start of the walk is at the Browns Falls Picnic Area. You will see the path head down under the road. If the concrete path is flooded or close to flooding, then you probably want to skip the walk as the track itself will be flooded.

The start of the track goes under the road
The start of the track goes under the road


The first part of the walk gives you the impression that the walk will be on a well maintained path similar to the one at Queen Mary Falls which is a little further up the road. However, much of the path is muddy and requires rock hopping over the creek and scrambling up small sections.

The first part of the track is smooth
The first part of the track is smooth


While it is in no way difficult, you will want to be wearing clothes you don't mind getting muddy. We did the walk dressed for a nice lunch and managed to come out clean, but one wrong slip and you could get a little dirty. We met a couple doing the walk similarly dressed also with the same fear of muddying their clothes.

The rock hopping is worth it, but your shoes may get a little muddy
The rock hopping is worth it, but your shoes may get a little muddy


The track is not clearly defined, so you will need to keep an eye out for the red trail markers. It is impossible to become lost as the path follows the creek, even though it crosses over at various points and head up the bank at others.

Keep an eye out for the red trail markers as the track is not well defined
Keep an eye out for the red trail markers as the track is not well defined


The track itself is well worth the short walk. For most people it is a fun walk and the creek has a couple of small waterfalls on the way to Browns Falls.

One of the small falls on the way to Browns Falls
One of the small falls on the way to Browns Falls


Even though the track is only 600 metres, you will proceed much slower than normal so expect to take about 40 minutes return. The walk is the payoff, though the waterfall is interesting enough.

The track to Browns Falls is very beautiful
The track to Browns Falls is very beautiful


The Brown Falls Picnic Area is a good place to stop with little kids as there are toilets and a kids playground. There is also plenty of flat grass to play games and have fun.

Browns Falls Picnic Area
Browns Falls Picnic Area


While not the best walk on the Spring Creek Road, it is still worth the short walk along the creek. If you don't have much time, have people with you are not able to rock hop and scramble over tree roots, or you have clothes you need to keep clean, consider skipping this waterfall.

Other than the start, most of the track is muddy and requires rock hopping to cross creeks with a little bit of scrambling in sections
Other than the start, most of the track is muddy and requires rock hopping to cross creeks with a little bit of scrambling in sections

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Where: Browns Falls Picnic Area, Spring Creek Rd, Killarney, Qld, 4373
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