....................Overlooking the Queen Mary Waterfalls.
The 40 metre waterfall is located 50 km south-east of Warwick,
11 km east of the town of Killarney in Queensland, Australia on
the Killarney-Boonah Road. The route to the park is well
signposted. The approach from Boonah is very steep and
should be travelled with care. It is unsuitable for caravans.
........The waterfall from the base after a 30 minute walk.
streams created gorges through layers of basalt and resistant
trachyte. Trachyte is an igneous, volcanic rock.
.......Driving through one of the 14 creek crossings.
Many, many moons ago, I went to visit the
I got lost and never did reach the falls.
.............Maree, David and Janice.
A few weeks ago, David a friend at work asked if I would like to
join him and some friends as they were going to the
his four wheel drive. There are two ways to go to the falls. One
is up the steep climb from Boonah, and the other is via the lower
road where we would need the four wheel drive, as we had
14 creek crossings over the tributary of the
.............Another creek crossing.
A week prior to our journey there had been a huge deluge of rain
in the Boonah area and David was a little concerned the creeks
might be too high for us to forge through the now fast running creek.
We decided to drive down to the first crossing to check out the
depth of the creek. Maree volunteered to walk through the creek
to check out the depth of the crossing. I had met David’s friend,
Janice a number of times, Maree was a friend of Janice and I had
not met her before. She turned out to be a “crazy” lady (and I say
this in the nicest way) with a immense sense of humour, and a
loud, enjoyable laugh. I had with me a digital video camera and a
still digital camera.
I wanted to video tape our “adventure” crossing the creeks.
Top to bottom: David, Maree and Warren at the base of the falls.
Maree forged the first crossing without incident and David then
drove though and had to return for me as I was recording this
first crossing. Maree also forged the second crossing.
The water was a little deeper and while walking through the
water both her thongs came free from her feet. Both thongs
began to float away in separate directions. She was able to
recover one thong, but the other was out of reach. During the
attempt to retrieve the second thong, Maree’s shorts became
drenched. Fortunately she had a swimming costume with her
and she was able to change into the bottom half of the togs.
I just liked the shape and design of both of these trees.
We caught up to some other four wheel vehicles in front of us
and we were able to watch and then follow them through
the rest of the crossings. After the last crossing, the dirt road,
turned into bitumen and we continued up the range towards
the falls. Before we reached the Queen Mary falls we stopped
and viewed two more waterfalls, the
Reaching the entrance to the
only a 500 metre walk to the viewing platform. We then proceed
to walk the 2km circuit to the base of the falls. The walk without
a stop would take 45 minutes to 1 hour. After we walked back to
the top, we sat down to a scrumptious picnic that had been
prepared by both ladies.
While we enjoyed our picnic we were visited by a Kookaburra.
.........David, Janice and Maree.
We had been most fortunate, as the drive up to the first creek
crossing was under rainy conditions. The drive through all the
14 crossings and then the walk and picnic, the rain ceased.
Once we were on the road home the rain returned. All in all
we spent a very enjoyable day with pleasant company.
.............A Crimson Rosella near the Caravan Park.
..........A Wallaby out in the open paddock.
Should you be in this part of the country a visit to the
spell, it would be quite possible to find the waterfall not in the
same splendid condition as we did, and it would be most
disappointing to drive all this way to view the falls to find them “dry”.
Near the entrance to the falls there is a caravan park and just
before you enter the small shop nearby is a large burnt out tree
trunk. David stood inside so we could get an idea of what the
size of the tree was.
After all the rain the countryside was lush and green as these two
scenes will show you.
I took about 15 minutes of video and after editing it, I ended up
with just over 11 minutes. I am posting about three minutes of the
video, so that you can see some of what we encountered.