Queen Mary Falls

Main Range National Park / Killarney, Queensland, Australia

About Queen Mary Falls


Hiking Distance: 2km round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-05-09
Date last visited: 2008-05-09

Waterfall Latitude: -28.33978
Waterfall Longitude: 152.37334

Of all the waterfalls we visited near Killarney in May 2008, Queen Mary Falls was perhaps the most impressive.

It consisted of Spring Creek (the very watercourse along which Spring Creek Road was following) plunging from a height of 40m over what seemed to be a basalt cliff (suggesting this area once had volcanic activity).

Queen_Mary_Falls_023_05082008 - Looking down at the full extent of the Queen Mary Falls
Looking down at the full extent of the Queen Mary Falls

Something that Julie and I found hard to believe was that Spring Creek was part of the Condamine River system.

This river, in turn, ultimately drained into the Murray-Darling catchment.

We found this amazing because the Murray-Darling was the endangered river system that emptied into the Southern Bight near Adelaide all the way in South Australia!

The Murray-Darling River especially experienced dire conditions during the drought that affected our November 2006 visit to the southeast of Australia to the point that they considered moving the city of Adelaide!

We also didn’t know it at the time, but Queen Mary Falls belonged to the far southwestern section of the Main Range National Park.

It was said to be gazetted a national park in order to protect rare endangered wildlife as well as the old growth forest that is part of the greater Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area system.

Anyways, what impressed Julie and I about this waterfall was obviously its size.

Even though the waterfalls we had been seeing up until this point during our May 2008 visit had been flowing lightly, this waterfall still seemed to retain somewhat of a decent flow.

Certainly under more normal conditions, it would appear thicker than what we had seen, but we still enjoyed our experience here regardless.

That said, given our experience in less-than-optimal conditions, this seemed to suggest that Queen Mary Falls would tend to have pretty reliable flow (possibly year-round).

Our Experience at the Queen Mary Falls

Queen_Mary_Falls_009_05082008 - A more conventional look at the Queen Mary Falls from the official lookout
A more conventional look at the Queen Mary Falls from the official lookout

Our visit was merely an abridged one where we only walked the 500m to a lookout yielding the photo you see at the top of this page.

In hindsight, we should have done the 2km circuit track (said to take 40 minutes) that would’ve also taken us into the forest at the base of the falls.

Surely, we would have appreciated the spray coming from the waterfall itself to cool us off.

Not to make excuses, but we did spend nearly 3 hours driving all the way here from Byron Bay.

So as the day entered the early afternoon, we didn’t feel like we had the time to do the full circuit though we did spend 30 minutes away from the car on our abridged self-tour.

I now regret this short-sighted decision, and I guess we’ll have to come back another time to allow ourselves a little more time to more fully explore this place.

Perhaps we could also check out the nearby Teviot Falls on this return trip as well, which we also skipped on our May 2008 visit.

Authorities

Queen Mary Falls resides in the Main Range National Park near Killarney, Queensland. It is administered by the State of Queensland Department of Environment and Science. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Queen_Mary_Falls_002_05082008 - Hmm, which way should we go?
Queen_Mary_Falls_014_05082008 - Queen Mary Falls and walk going across its base
Queen_Mary_Falls_021_05082008 - Full view of Queen Mary Falls from its lookout in long exposure

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Julie and I went towards to the town of Killarney as part of a very long out-and-back day trip from Byron Bay (a beach town in New South Wales).

Killarney was the nearest town to Queen Mary Falls and just over the border in Queensland from its New South Wales boundary.

Truthfully, it wasn’t the most common way of getting to Killarney, which would probably involve leaving from Brisbane towards the Cunningham Hwy, then taking it all the way to the town of Warwick before going east on the Warwick-Killarney Rd to the town of Killarney.

We made the long drive from Byron by taking Bangalow Rd west for about 48km to the town of Lismore.

Bangalow Rd would become Dawson St, which we followed to the roundabout at Woodlark St (taking the exit going right), then we followed Woodlark St to the roundabout with Union St (taking the left exit).

Next, we went 750m before turning right onto Casino St, which then became Kyogle Rd.

We followed Kyogle Rd for about 35km to its junction with Summerland Way (Route 91).

Turning right onto Summerland Way, we then continued for 111km (after 63km, Summerland Way became the curvy Mt Lindesay Rd).

Afterwards, we turned right onto Killarney Rd (turnoff near the town of Legume), then we drove 6km north to Spring Creek Rd on our right (this turnoff was about 2km south of Killarney).

Turning right onto Spring Creek Rd (also dubbed the Falls Drive), we then continued on this road for about 6.5km to the car park for Queen Mary Falls.

Overall, the entire drive took us about 3 hours in each direction.

I recalled there was additional signage near the car park indicating there was another waterfall in the vicinity called Cheviot Falls, but we didn’t visit it so we can’t say more about it.

For geographical context, Killarney was 204km (3 hours drive) west from Byron Bay, 182km (2.5 hours drive) southwest of Brisbane, and 34km (30 minutes drive) east of Warwick.

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Visitor Comments:

Queen Mary falls March 31, 2013 10:53 pm by Andrea - Lovely bush walk ! If you are of moderate fitness. I suggest you take the stairs end first! Beautiful scenery and the track takes you to the bottom of the waterfall as well a the top so you great a great view! My kids loved it too! ...Read More

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