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Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 17th 2016
Great mountain cafe & cottages near Killarney worth visiting
There are many stops on the scenic drive over The Head from Boonah to Killarney, but none better than Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages. The cafe features great meals and cakes made from fresh local ingredients while the cottages provide a little bit of luxury overlooking amazing views.

The Spring Creek Cafe
The Spring Creek Cafe


With the meals, the food emphasises local Killarney grown produce. The 2 feet of black soil, good rainfall and clean air can all be tasted in the food. The cafe is on the scenic road that goes from Boonah to Killarney. While it is shorter than going via Cunninghams Highway, it is much slower, so people who arrive at the cafe usually have driven up here for the scenery or for the food at the cafe.

Fresh local ingredients are used at the Spring Creek Cafe
Fresh local ingredients are used at the Spring Creek Cafe


For a light meal, you can choose an antipasto plate that includes local salami and chicken terrine or the roasted pumpkin salad. You can really taste the freshness of the ingredients in these selections. Main courses include pies or a steak made from local Killarney beef.

A sampling of the fair at Spring Creek Mountain Cafe
A sampling of the fair at Spring Creek Mountain Cafe


The desserts are famous with the best being those that feature fruit such as locally grown apples and pears. Though of course the chocolate pudding is famous too. If all this is more than you need, you can try the Devonshire teas as no country cafe should be without this option. Don't forget to try the selection of local, national and international wines on offer.

Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages
Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages


Both the cafe and the cottages feature great views. The weather here is constantly changing. If you sit at the cafe or in a cottage long enough clouds will come and then be blown away to be replaced by blue skies.

Cloudy day views from Spring Creek Mountain Cafe
Cloudy day views from Spring Creek Mountain Cafe


The cottages feature great views down the mountain, balconies to enjoy the view and the fresh air, and open fire places if you come here in autumn or winter. Some cottages also include fold out sofa beds and privacy screens if you want to share the cottage with your kids or with another couple. Prices start at $230 a night which includes breakfast for two. Dinner options are also available on request. The cottages are very popular and it is essential to book well in advance.

Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages
Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages


While the cottages are in a row next to the cafe, they face down the mountain putting you in your own private little natural world where the nearest person could be a million miles away.

Cottages at Spring Creek
Cottages at Spring Creek


The balconies on the other hand face both down the mountain and out to where others staying in the cottages may walk. This, along with the shared barbecue area and picnic tables, gives you the chance to talk to other guests if you want.

The Cottages have views from inside and on the balcony
The Cottages have views from inside and on the balcony


Of course, there is no need to even get out of bed. Not with beautiful sunrise views to wake you up. If only someone would bring me my morning coffee so I don't have to move.

Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages
Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages


The sunrise views can be spectacular. It is a pity that the cafe only opens at 8:30 am on weekends and 10 am on Wednesays, Thursdays and Fridays. However early morning visitors can enjoy the sunrise from Carrs Lookout for free while they wait for the cafe to open.

Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages
Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages


While you could easily spend the whole weekend at the cabins and cafe drinking wine and enjoying the view there is a lot to see in the area. The scenic road from Boonah to Killarney has a number of great stops, such as Queen Mary Falls, Browns Falls and Killarney itself. You can also head further afield to Warwick and Stanthorpe.

Visit Spring Creek Mountain Cafe from Killarney or as part of a scenic drive from Boonah over the main range
Visit Spring Creek Mountain Cafe from Killarney or as part of a scenic drive from Boonah over the main range


The author ate at the Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages as a guest of the cafe and Southern Queensland Country Tourism.
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Why? Great views and excellent food
When: Sat & Sun, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Wed-Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Phone: (07) 4664 7101
Where: 1503 Spring Creek Rd, Killarney QLD 4373
Cost: Light meals $12 -$25, Main Meals $30 to $40
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