You could be forgiven for not being familiar with the town of Killarney; with a population of 831 and only one pub, it is not exactly a tourist hotspot. However, this small town is a gateway to a truly unspoilt part of Queensland.
Tucked close to the border of Queensland and New South Wales, in the McPherson Range, Killarney gives access to five spectacular waterfalls and equally spectacular views. And the best thing about the area is that it seems relatively untouched by tourists and, thus, the natural beauty of the surrounds has been maintained.
The section of the McPherson Range that Killarney inhabits also hosts five stunning waterfalls: Teviot Falls, Queen Mary Falls, Daggs Falls, Browns Falls and Upper Browns Falls. The great thing about these falls is that most can be viewed from lookouts on the side of the road, thus making it possible to see them all in one day. Perhaps the most impressive of the falls is Queen Mary Falls, cascading 40 m down a sheer cliff-face. These can be accessed by a short walk, which takes you to the very bottom of the falls and to the top as well. And, if you are really lucky, you may be able to spot a satin bower bird collecting all things shiny for his nest.
The easiest way to get to Killarney and the McPherson Range from Brisbane is through Warwick and onto Warwick-Killarney Road. However, if you have a little bit of time on your hands, you fancy a bit of an adventure and it's not raining too heavily, you should drive to Boonah and from there take what is known as the Falls Drive. This route takes you on Spring Creek Road, and passes alongside the waterfalls and the spectacular Carr's Lookout and leads you right to Killarney.
If you need further convincing on why you should visit this area, there is scientific evidence to suggest that being in close proximity to waterfalls can increase oxygen flow to your brain and improve your mood. And if it doesn't, well, you can always stop in for a refreshing ale at the historic Killarney Hotel.
Having been a coach driver in the past I have been to the Queen Mary falls a few times, but I have also been by car it is a pleasant drive through Warwick, Killarney to the falls returning via Spring Creek Rd past Carr's lookout following through to Boonah, Especially if you like country drives
SG, Silkstone. Q.
By stand - reader Tuesday, 6th of September @ 04:02 am
This is a fantastic location, in the winter or summer. A true show of Queenslands beauty. The ranges along the Border of New South Wales and Queensland are magnificent, showing of its local wildlife and its rugged charm. A great day trip or weekend get away. Great review Laura.
By Dan Berryman - senior reviewer Thursday, 29th of September @ 06:47 am
can you swim there?
By Anonymous Wednesday, 28th of December @ 01:16 am
You can - but there is not much of a waterhole under the falls. I would call it paddling more than swimming. There are swimming holes you can access if you have a 4WD - ask a local at the pub about swimming 'up the crossings' and they will point you in the right direction.
By Anonymous Thursday, 12th of January @ 12:29 am
Fabulous article. I hadn't heard of these waterfalls and will be taking that drive sometime in the next few weeks, it sounds lovely. Many thanks for making the time to visit and write about it.
By gilli - reader Sunday, 6th of May @ 12:23 am
This year on the June/July school holidays, we spent 5 days staying at Killarney Caravan Park.It was 9 degrees 1 day,but the 10min drive & short walk,was worth the fantastic sight of the Queen Mary Falls. I'd also recommend 4 wheel driving through the 14 river crossings,the kids loved it.The town of Killarney itself is small,but the people are friendly.As we were coming into town on our arrival day, we couldn't find the caravan park,so we pulled over to the side of the road. A local man pulled up behind us & asked if he could be of any assistance.We'll definitely be going back to peaceful,picture perfect Killarney,we'd love to see it in the springtime!
By bjhal - reader Thursday, 19th of July @ 03:08 am
Be interested to know how far Upper Browns Falls are past Browns Falls (went there today, but didn't see any signs about Upper Browns falls).
By Anonymous Friday, 14th of September @ 11:05 am
Is there a camping area nearby?
By janne - reader Friday, 25th of January @ 12:44 am