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The Falls Drive featuring Queen Mary Falls

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by Anna (subscribe)
I'm Anna - a full time worker and keen adventurer who loves to explore and make the most of what life has to offer. My partner and I enjoy spending our weekends in the great outdoors and getting off the beaten track.
Published March 4th 2017
Why take the highway when you can take the scenic route?


The Boonah to Killarney Falls Drive featuring Queen Mary Falls truly is one of the most, dare I say, "picturesque" drives that my partner and I have done in SE Queensland. For those who enjoy scenic relaxing drives, this one is perfect for you.

This scenic route commonly known as "The Falls Drive" begins at the Boonah-Rathdowney Road South of Boonah approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Brisbane. The road continues for 75kms and showcases some of the finest scenery that the Scenic Rim region has to offer before finishing up in Killarney. See the RACQ website for more information.

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Beautiful scenery


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Views along the way


The major attractions along this route are the waterfalls (hence the name "The Falls"), which are as follows:
1) Queen Mary Falls
2) Dagg's Falls
3) Brown's Falls

Our favourite was Queen Mary Falls which is a part of the Godwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The 2km bushwalk to see the 40m plunge falls was a relaxing one with plenty to observe along the way.

Queen Mary Falls, Scenic Rim, Main Range National Park, The falls, Boonah, Killarney
Queen Mary Falls


During this drive you'll also be sure to encounter lookouts (including Carr's Lookout), secluded gorges, green meadows, mountains, rainforests, wildlife and much more. Beware, you might come across cows crossing the road so be sure to slow down and drive carefully.

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Carr's Lookout


There are ample opportunities for photos along this route. The most popular spots are hard to miss, as you'll spot a huge sign with a camera on it. Picnic and BBQ areas are plentiful if you wish to bring your own food. Alternatively, there are a couple of cafés along the way at Carr's Lookout and Queen Mary Falls.

It is also worth noting that this drive can be done in reverse starting in Killarney and finishing in Boonah. It's your choice.

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Cows crossing the road


Where is it?
Take the Boonah-Rathdowney Road. Approximately 14km from Boonah, turn right into Carney's Creek Road. After travelling another 14km, turn right into the Head Road and continue straight ahead onto Spring Creek Road.

What can you do?
Bushwalking
Sightseeing
Photography
Picnics
Day trips
Camping

Relevant Links:
tourism.racq.com.au/qld/southern-queensland-country/southern-queensland-country-highlights/the-falls-drive

www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range/about.html#walking_around_queen_mary_falls

www.boonahtourism.org.au
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Why? Treat yourself to a day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Where: Scenic Rim
Cost: Free
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