About Daggs Falls
Daggs Falls was the second of the so-called “Killarney Falls” along the Spring Creek Road (aka the Falls Drive) near the rural town of Killarney.
Unlike the other two of the Killarney Falls (Queen Mary Falls and Browns Falls, this was the easiest one to see because it didn’t require a hike.
Indeed, this was a true roadside waterfall with an established lookout peering right across and down towards where Spring Creek made its dramatic 38m drop.
Each time that we’ve visited this waterfall (once in May 2008 pictured above and another in July 2022), we were looking against the late morning or midday sun, which had casted shadows contrasting the bright rocks and stream..
That suggests to me that if you really want to see this place in better light on a sunny day, then you’ll want to come later in the afternoon to eliminate most of those shadows.
Under such conditions, my best photos came when clouds momentarily blocked the sun for some more even lighting.
Anyways, it really shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to fully appreciate the Daggs Falls from the overlook, but I don’t think there’s a way to safely reach the bottom.
Daggs Falls resides in the Southern Downs Region near Killarney, Queensland. It is administered by the Southern Downs Regional Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
Daggs Falls resides near Killarney in the Southern Downs (Darling Downs) Region of South East Queensland, which itself is about 110km from Brisbane and 202km from Byron Bay.
I’ll describe the driving directions from Brisbane since that seemed to be the most sensible approach from an urban centre.
By the way, there are also a couple ways to go about doing this drive, which we learned the hard way due to flooding that wiped out the shortest route during our July 2022 visit.
The Shortest Route From Brisbane To Daggs Falls
The most straightforward way to drive to Daggs Falls from Brisbane would be to go through the rural town of Boonah on the way there.
This is actually the route that the GPS satnav units and iPhone routing apps advocate for since it’s the shortest distance as well.
So from Brisbane CBD, we drove roughly 30 minutes on a combination of the M3, M5, M7, and the M2 towards the suburb of Redbank.
Shortly after passing through Redbank, we kept left to stay on the M15 motorway as it veered around the southern end of Ipswich as the National Highway 15.
At about 13km from our departure from the M2, we then took the State Route 93 south towards Boonah for the next 42km.
Note that we also could have remained on the National Highway 15 for 42km towards Fassifern before backtracking for 11km towards Boonah.
Then, from Boonah, we’d drive another 14.5km south along the State Route 93 towards Carneys Creek Road (Route 21) on the right, and we’d follow this for another 43.5km to the Daggs Falls pullout or parking bay.
Ordinarily, this drive is supposed to take around 2-2.5 hours, but flooding closed of Head Road (between Carneys Creek Road and Spring Creek Road; all of which are on the Route 21).
The All Weather Route From Brisbane To Daggs Falls
As for taking the more reliable all-weather route from Brisbane to Queen Mary Falls, that pretty much meant driving the same route as mentioned above towards Ipswich, and then following the National Highway 15 towards Warwick.
The drive from the M2 departure along the National Highway 15 towards Warwick was about 107km, and that made up the majority of this route.
After going through Warwick, we then followed Route 1 nearly 30km towards Killarney, where after passing through that rural town, we then found ourselves on the Tourist Route 21.
Note that prior to getting to Warwick, there are signs that essentially shortcut and bypass Warwick in favor of getting to Killarney via rural roads.
So that can be an option, especially if there’s slow traffic and limited passing opportunities on the National Highway 15.
Anways, after passing through Killarney, we went the final 11km to the Queen Mary Falls car park.
Overall, this drive took us about 3 hours.
For geographical context, Killarney was 34km (about 30 minutes drive) east of Warwick, 182km (2.5 hours drive) southwest of Brisbane, 204km (3 hours drive) west from Byron Bay, and 210km (3 hours drive) west of Gold Coast.
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