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Monday, October 30, 2017

Queen Mary Falls Section of Main Range National Park, QLD.

 Queen Mary Falls.
The Queen Mary Falls section of Main Range National Park is on Spring Creek Road between Boonah and Killarney. Camping is not allowed in this section of Main Range National Park but there is a privately run Caravan Park and Cafe across the road from the Queen Mary Falls Day Use Area. The Day Use Area is quite large with several separate areas, however, the car park can be full on Sundays.

Queen Mary Falls Day Use Area.
We saw a Satin Bowerbird guarding his bower between the road and the Day Use Area. 

We haven't seen fresh grass growing in a bower before.
Due to the bird-feeding activities across the road at the Caravan Park Cafe there are usually lots of Australian King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas about.

The walks leave from the Day Use Area.
Cliff Circuit, Class 2, 400 m return:
This is an easy short walk but doesn't have great views of the falls. However, about half of the circuit is also part of the Queen Mary Falls Circuit and I feel, that if you prefer short walks or are in a hurry, you would find it more rewarding to walk to the Lookout on the Queen Mary Falls Circuit and return the same way.

Queen Mary Falls Circuit, Class 3, 2 km return:
Although this walk descends to the base of the falls before climbing again to the Day Use Area we found the walk easier than we expected. The track meanders alongside Spring Creek before the creek plunges over the falls. There is an easy crossing over Spring Creek by a foot bridge and it is only a short distance to the lookout which has excellent views of the falls.

Crossing Spring Creek to get to the lookout is easy.
The lookout on the Queen Mary Falls Circuit.
Queen Mary Falls viewed from the Lookout.
We continued on and descended to the base of the falls. There was a rainbow at the base of the falls and excellent views back up to the lookout.

There were lots of Eastern Water Dragons on the rocks at the base of the falls.

Eastern Water Dragon
The circuit continues on, zig zagging to the Day Use Area via a few steps.
The descent and ascent to the Day Use Area was surprisingly good for bird watching considering how many people pass through every day. 

Spotted Pardalote
Black-faced Monarch

Details for Queen Mary Falls Section of Main Range National Park, QLD:
Access: South-west of Brisbane. Choice 1: The scenic route is 64 km south-west of Boona via Carneys Creek Road and Spring Creek Road. This route is very steep and unsuitable for caravans or trucks over 3 tonnes. Choice 2: the Day Use Area can be reached via Warwick and Killarney. Choice 3: Take Freestone Road off the Cunningham Highway and drive via Yangan and Emu Vale.
Caution: Sheer cliffs. Supervise children closely.

Queen Mary Falls Day Use Area:
Where: Opposite the Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and Cafe on Spring Creek Road.
Facilities: Drop toilets, tables, picnic shelter, wood BBQ's (BYO wood) and free electric BBQ's, walks, information sign. No bins.
Prohibited: Pets. Camping. Collecting wood from the park.
Note: Gets very busy on Sundays. At the time of our visit in October 2017 the toilets were in the most disgusting condition of any toilet we have ever seen!

Bird List: Satin Bowerbird, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pied Currawong, Australian Wood Duck, Superb Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Red-browed Finch, Leaden Flycatcher, Fairy Gerygone, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Laughing Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Noisy Miner, Black-faced Monarch, Spotted Pardalote, Australian King Parrot, Pheasant Coucal, Wonga Pigeon, Eastern Yellow Robin, Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella, White-browed Scrubwren, Eastern Spinebill, Welcome Swallow, Brown Thornbill, Red-browed Treecreeper, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Whipbird. Heard: Bell Miners along Spring Creek Road.

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