The town of Boonah, in the foothills west of Beaudesert, is a “must-do” easy town to explore on foot. Friendly locals at the visitor information centre will direct you to spectacular views, waterfalls and excellent rock climbing opportunities. The route passes through rich farmland punctuated by pockets of rainforest. Carrs Lookout offers views of the headwaters of the Condamine River, origin of Australia’s longest river, the mighty Murray.
The Main Range Drive offers countless surprises as it travels past some of the most rugged volcanic peaks, rainforests and pastoral land in south-east Queensland.
Leaving Beaudesert, travel to Boonah. Heading south from Boonah, follow the signs for the Falls Way and Killarney. Turn right, driving through Teviot section of the Main Range National Park on the way and take the short walk to the top of Queen Mary Falls. Then head down the other side past Daggs & Browns Falls, towards Killarney. At the end of the road, turn left to Legume and then left onto the Mt Lindesay Highway towards Woodenbong. Travel back to Beaudesert via Rathdowney and explore heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park or head south on to Kyogle.
THINGS TO DO ALONG THE WAY
- Take a photo of the ‘best’ panoramic view of a volcanic caldera from Best of All Lookout on Springbrook mountain plateau
- Pack lunch for the best picnic spot on the plateau at Goomoolahra picnic ground with a refreshing creek, waterfall and amazing view
- Look out for the native wildlife including paddymelons, koalas, big lizards and a variety of birdlife, including the distinct call of the lyre bird
- Take a night tour and see the glow worms light up the Natural Bridge cave
Cautionary note: The Falls Way is not suitable for caravans.