In the little town of Killarney, Queensland, Australia....not far from Warwick you can do all this at one place....and the hamburgers smelt pretty good too.....next time
Just visit Veronica's on Willow......
And I have not yet told you Veronica is an artist and even writes songs...we persuaded her to play one she has written "I Love You Just The Way You Are" and we ended up buying her CD.
We also bought some pumpkins and smelt the beautiful roses growing outside.
Well we had come down from Warwick on The Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia to visit Killarney and were heading back to the capital , Brisbane ........
So Veronica of The Willows Cafe suggested we take the route via Tannymorel, Emu Vale, and Yangan back to the Cunningham Highway. This is actually part of The Cedar Route and not all the places show on your GPS.... nor did we even see Emu Vale at all ...... but once you reach Yangan you will be OK.
You an actually do some very scenic drives in the Killarney District and even head out to New South Wales
Governor's Chair Spicers Gap Circuit 190 Kms
Undercliffe Falls Circuit 130Kms
Toolum Lookout Route 42Kms
Gambugal/Sunday Plains route 64 Kms
Whiteswamp Border Crossing Circuit 75Kms
Cambanoora Gorge Circuit 50 Kms
The Border Ranges area is remote , mobile phone access is often not available and sattelite navigation devices do not give reliable directions.....top up fuel....carry water.
Some roads are impassible in wet weather.
The Moss Gardens is an area covered in all kinds of Moss and also a walk to a lookout. This area is particulary pretty on a foggy day, so if you can't see the views, at least, go for a walk in the Moss gardens.
Also here, is the 'RABBIT PROOF FENCE' This was to keep Rabbits out of Queensland, it hasn't worked, as they were here before it was erected, but at least not as many as in the Southern States. The fence has been extended to join the 'DINGO (Wild Dog) FENCE' This fence is approx. 2,500kms long and protects 26.5 MILLION hectares of Sheep & Cattle grazing property.
If you continue on the road past Queen Mary Falls, you come to Carrs Lookout, then drive further down the Mountainside through the Rainforest to the bottom of the mountain.
You get great views of the "Heads" This is where the Condamine River begins. The Condomine is Australia's longest river system.
"CARR'S LOOKOUT" is a magnificent Lookout located a bit further on the bitumen road from Queen Mary Falls.
The views are over the valley where the Condamine River rises, and beyond to Mt Wilson and Mt Superbus in the Scenic Rim.
The is a proper walkway and has an extended platform to stand on and to enjoy the magnificent views. There is also a notice which names the mountains, towns etc. that you are looking at.
Also next to this lookout, is Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages which is fairly expensive, but also has lovely views.
The headwaters of the Condamine River rise in the Border Ranges near Killarney and flow approximately 1200 kilometres through Queensland before entering New South Wales.
The Condamine - Balonne river system is one of the tributaries of the Murray - Darling river system and is one of the most important river systems in Queensland in terms of agriculture. The annual rainfall distribution ranges from over 1000 mm in the ranges near Killarney to only 400 mm over the lower parts of the catchment near Hebel.
When in the Condamine Gorge, you pass over 14 Creek crossings, these are the Condamine River in its very early stages.
You can camp by the river (a creek at this stage) but it is mostly on private property, so you would need permission.
There are NO FACILITIES, so everything you take in, you take out with you!
A lovely area in the hot weather, but you must remember, that a lot of rainfall is received in this area, and there have been large floods, even flooding Killarney, so it can be dangerous camping here when rain is expected.
With High Rainfall, the road is impassable.
This 4wd tour, departs from your accommodation in Killarney, and takes you on a round tour through the Condamine Gorge, and back the high road to Killarney.
The drive through the Gorge is beautiful, passing through 14 Creek crossings. Lovely, crystal clear water running over smooth well worn rocks and pebbles with the Australian bush surrounds, makes this a very pretty place.
Looking up high you see Mountains with sheer cliffs and different shapes.
Our guide, Louise, was very knowledgable, and we learnt the history of the area, and also about the Irish settlers and their small settlements in this Gorge. We also learnt and saw old photos of their days logging, and about the Bullocky teams, quite a feat in this terrain.
There are plenty of photo stops along the way.
This is an EXCELLENT, VERY AFFORDABLE TOUR, and if you stay at the Killarney Sundown Motel, you get an extra $5 taken off the price of the tour!
What a bargain!
COST IN 2009, per person was $44(au)
TIMES ....Saturday 2pm, Sunday 9am or other times & days by arrangement.
Bookings are essential.
Small groups of 1-6 people
TOUR .....Lasts 21/2 - 3 hours, and you are dropped back at you accommodation.
Also available are Sunrise/Sunset Champagne tours, Photography, Birdwatching & Specialist tours, Winery Tours ex Killarney (by arrangement)
At Queen Mary Falls, infront of the Queen Mary Falls caravan park Cafe, the wild birds come, King Parrots, Rosellas, Honeyeaters and Finches. You can buy birdseed and feed them, or just admire them, they don't fly away.
These falls are at the top of the Main Range National Park, which is in the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. They are located 15kms from Killarney. The road to them is sealed and is signposted. The Falls have a 40metre drop. You can view them from the top, or do a bush walk to the bottom.
On the same road as Brown's falls, only a little further up the hill, you will come across Dagg's Falls. If going up hill, pull into the left and park. There is a scenic lookout right beside the parking area.
The picture of the road sign tells it all:
Browns Falls, Daggs Falls, Queen Mary Falls, Carrs Lookout, Spring Creek Cafe, The Head.
Take The Border Road out of Killarney (it goes south into NSW via Legume). Just outside of Killarney look for the Spring Creek road sign.Turn left into Spring Creek Road (28º 21'16.11"S, 152º19'22.63"E) to drive out along the "high" road which eventually takes you beside the rabbit fence along the Queensland - New South Wales border to a point at the top of the range overlooking the Fassifern Valley and Boonah. (28º13'58.72's, 152º29'04.23"E). This is where Spring Creek Rd follows the rim to the north and disappears into the National Park and Head Road starts its winding descent to Boonah. Teviot Falls is nearby.
On your way to The Head, take time out for a cup of coffee at the camping ground cafe at Queen Mary Falls before walking the circuit to view the falls. Later, take in the wonderful scenery while lunching at Spring Creek Cafe. (28º17'35.37"S, 125º24'58.00"E) .Check out Carrs Lookout nearby.
On the way back, turn right (28º16'26.28"s, 152º26'47.66"E) to take Condamine Road, "the low road" back to Killarney if you are equipped with the right vehicle (see tip#2)
Take the "low" road from The Head back to Killarney via the Cambanoora Gorge (Condamine Gorge) if you have a four wheeled drive vehicle. The road crosses the Condamine in fourteen places. That's "crosses the Condamine 14 times without bridges to separate vehicles from the water". Crossings are very stoney and subject to being washed out in floods. Check the river height before proceeding.
It is a very scenic drive through the Gorge.
For more info: http://www.cambanoora.com.au/ (by the way, have not used the advertised services so am not endorsing them).
At the Queen Mary falls, there are a few different bush walks you can do. Go for a walk and enjoy the Moss covered rocks and trees, cliffs, ferns, and if you are quiet, Lizards and Birds.
These Falls are located about 7kms from Killarney, on the road to Queen Mary Falls. There is a nice picnic area/ park by the edge of the road. You have to be fit to do the 600metre walk to the falls.