A scenic two hour drive from Brisbane through Boonah and the Fassifern Valley will lead you to the majestic Queen Mary Falls.

Keen for a mid week winter microadventure, my friend and I rugged up and set out from Brisbane for the two hour drive to Main Range National Park.

Mist hung across the golden rolling farmland and along rainforest gullies framing the road as we made our way to the Queen Mary Falls section of the park. We rattled over cattle grids and weaved past well fed cows along the narrow road leading from Boonah.

At the carpark, we were greeted by a flock of brightly coloured king parrots and crimson rosellas that circled around above us and then calmly landed on our heads and outstretched arms hoping for food.

From the carpark, the easy Falls Circuit leads you to a lookout point located on the clifftop eucalypt forest. Here you’ll get an uninterrupted postcard view of the 40 metre Queen Mary Falls as it cascades into the upper reaches of the Condamine River.

Descend down the track into the bright green rainforest gorge and to the base of the falls.

With some rockhopping skills and taking extra care on the slippery rocks, you can get close to the falls and feel the spray on your face.

For more waterfall action, you can find Daggs Falls and Brown Falls along Spring Creek Road, or Teviot Falls near Lake Moogerah.

How To Get There

You can reach Queen Mary Falls by driving through Boonah and then following the Queen Mary Falls signs from Carneys Creek Road. This road is steep and windy and is not suitable for caravans.

You can also access the falls via Warwick and Killarney and then following Spring Creek Road.

The drive will take about 2-2.5 hours from Brisbane.


  • Walking
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching

Skill Level/Distance

Beginner, 2km return.