A scenic country road trip to Queen Mary Falls
Queen Mary Falls is like the pot of gold at the end of a country drive rainbow, just a few hours outside of Brisbane.
A day trip into Southern Queensland Country will fill your soul cup with rolling green hills, rainforest canopies and sprawling landscapes, and see you chasing waterfalls and passing fields of sunflowers.
Feel like escaping the city on a weekend road trip? Here’s how to do it:
Brisbane to Queen Mary Falls – 2.5 hours / 152 kilometres
On any good roadie, you’re in it for the views, so get off the highway and opt for the scenic route.
Take the Lake Moogerah turn off from the Cunningham Highway then follow the same road as it changes to Head Road and then into Spring Creek Road, on which the Queen Mary Falls circuit car park is situated.
You might be caught up in the fresh air and country views but be sure to plan a stop at Lake Moogerah. If you’ll be returning to Brisbane along the same route, save your stop here for a stunning sunset.
Coffee / Breakfast Stop
After around two hours of driving, you’ll definitely be looking for a caffeine pit-stop and a chance to get out from behind the wheel.
Ten minutes up the road from Queen Mary Falls is Spring Creek Mountain Café and Cottages where you can enjoy your coffee with a gorgeous valley view.
Queen Mary Falls Circuit
Continue along Spring Creek Road and you’ll see a sign alerting you that Queen Mary Falls is up ahead. Spend some time exploring the Queen Mary Falls circuit, a 40-minute walk that takes you from the lookouts at the top of the falls to the creek below.
Besides the obvious selfie swagger, here are three awesome reasons why you should visit Queen Mary Falls:
1. Queen Mary Falls is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area that internationally recognises the natural values of this unique landscape, having provided refuge to species for millions of years.
It’s a place where ancient lineages of flowering plants, songbirds (such as bower birds) and other rare or threatened animals (such as the spotted-tail quoll) are protected. Main Range National Park, which Queen Mary Falls is a part of, is one of 50 reserves that make up the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
2. Queen Mary Falls is part of the headwaters of one of Australia’s longest river systems, the Murray–Darling. The headwater, Spring Creek, plunges 40m over Queen Mary Falls to continue its twisting journey down the valley floor to join the Condamine River’s upper reaches.
3. It is located on the western slopes of what was once an active volcano! The volcanic rock surface (known as trachyte) the water flows over was part of a lava flow from an ancient volcano that was active over 25 million years ago.
After your walk, enjoy a picnic lunch or pop across the road to the café at Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and Cabins for something to eat.
More things to see and do
The afternoon is yours to do what you will! Here are some suggestions:
Chase more waterfalls
If you keep following Spring Creek Road you will come across Daggs Falls and Brown Falls. Teviot Falls is back near Lake Moogerah.
Psst! Here are some tips on photographing waterfalls we prepared earlier.
Chase the sunflowers
Between late January through to March the country roads around Warwick and Allora are more yellow than a Coldplay song.
Explore more of Killarney
- Swap yellow sunflowers for lavender and visit the Kooroomba Lavender Farm & Vineyard.
- Go to the Killarney Pub for lunch or dinner.
- For more ideas check out our 48 hour guide to Killarney.
Stay a little longer in Southern Queensland Country
- Stay overnight in a country cottage with a view at Spring Creek Mountain Café.
- Camp overnight at Lake Moogerah campgrounds.
- Keep the road trip vibes going on the three-day Border Range Loop Drive through Condamine River and Canungra Vineyards back to Brisbane.