The Falls Drive is a scenic drive in Main Range National Park that will take you to lookouts and short walks to four waterfalls. It’s perfect if you want to explore a National Park, but you’re not keen for a long hike!
Before even arriving on the Falls Drive, the road from Brisbane around the Scenic Rim was already a pleasure. I love the countryside outside Brisbane. It is lovely to drive through the green rolling fields with tall trees and stock all around. You can find here a complete guide for the tourist drive.
Responsible tip: I love road trips, but driving isn’t the most responsible way to travel because of the carbon impact. Consider car pooling and choose a car with low petrol consumption: SUV or 4WD aren’t necessary for this drive.
Carr’s Lookout was a great stop to enjoy the countryside landscape with a bit of height. We had a lovely break at the Spring Creek Mountain Cafe.
The Queen Mary Falls
The Queens Mary Falls is the most famous fall in that area. They are the ones that made me plan this trip initially. I wanted to admire the big 40m plunge, both from the lookout and from the base, after the rainy days in the region.
It’s a short and easy walk to the bottom and back up (40 minutes).
The walk to Brown’s Falls is short, less than 1.5km return.
However, it requires a lot of scrambling, especially after rainy days. It took us around 1/2 hour to walk there.
Bonus on your way back to Brisbane:
If you’re driving there on a Saturday (it closes early on Sundays, unfortunately), consider stopping at the Kooroomba Vineyards. Lake Moogerah is also a great option to end the day; we love it for sunset.
Where to stay on the Falls Drive?
We always did the Falls Drive as a day trip from Brisbane. But you can also turn it into an excellent weekend. The Spring Creek cottages* have some of the best views of the area and RiverRun Cottage* is perfect if you like to relax in a bath with nature views.
Where is the Falls Drive?
The Falls Drive starts just after Boonah and takes you through the southern section of Main Range National Park in South East Queensland. It takes 2 hours to drive to the famous Queen Mary Falls from Brisbane (without stopping at the lookouts).
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