Boonah to Tamborine
Distance: 62km

The drive to Queen Mary Falls is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The scenic, winding mountain road takes you along the QLD-NSW border, through the lush pastures of Killarney to the Spring Creek falls, which flow over a basalt ledge.

Start with a coffee and breakfast in Boonah’s High St and, if you have time, take a detour to the Mt French lookout in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.

Take the Boonah-Rathdowney Road south towards Carneys Creek. Look out for Minto Crag on the right, before the Head Road turnoff.

You’ll see the Teviot Falls, an intermittent twin falls on the right side, best viewed as you approach the top of the range. A small walking track leads to the falls from the parking bay near the cattle grid. Dry weather only.

Carr’s Lookout is another good stop and enjoys views over the Condamine River towards Tamborine Mountain.

Schedule a stop at the nearby Spring Creek Mountain Café for a delicious lunch and refreshments.

Continue along Spring Creek Rd until you reach Queen Mary Falls. Feel like a walk? Try the Cliff Walk or the Queen Mary Falls Circuit. There’s also a picnic area here with tables, tap water, toilets and BBQs as well as another café opposite.

Top Tip: This drive isn’t suitable for caravans. You can do the full loop and return home via Killarney and Cunningham’s Gap.

Boonah and beyond

Top Things To Do

  • Enjoy wine tasting or lunch at a local winery
  • Picnic by the Canungra Creek
  • Trek through the magnificent Lamington National Park – there’s one to suit most abilities, including a tip-toe through the tops at O’Reilly’s
  • Browse the local country markets, or make your fresh purchase at the farmgate
  • Revitalise with a spa experience
  • Stay in a welcoming mountain guesthouse, villa, lodge or B&B