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Queen Mary Falls

Southern Downs

Main Range National Park


Distance (kms):

1.8 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 45 mins

Elevation gain (m):

61 m

Max. elevation (m):

882 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A great short walk offering spectacular views of the falls from both the top and bottom, as well as a peaceful walk through open eucalypt forest and the rainforest gorge.

This heavily trafficked trail starts from the Queen Mary Falls picnic area on Spring Creek Road, in Killarney, in the southwestern reaches of Main Range National Park.

Starting from the picnic area, complete the track in an anti-clockwise direction, starting on the Cliffs Circuit.

You will cross a footbridge over Spring Creek, before arriving at the lookout with views to Queen Mary Falls. 

Watch as the creek plunges 40 metres over the falls to the rock pool below.

The lookout also provides views into the valley, where Spring Creek joins the Condamine River system.

The track continues along the ridge through eucalypt forest, before descending to the valley floor and entering rainforest.

The track passes the base of the falls where the spray from the falls cools you down, however it is advised not to cross the barrier in order to preserve the environment here.

The track then ascends back to the car park via switchbacks and stairs.

This walk is great when paired with other activities in the area, including Daggs Falls lookout, Browns Falls and Carrs lookout. These collectively are known as the ‘Falls Drive’.

Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow. While there is an ascent and descent into the valley via switchbacks and stairs, the walk is short and suitable for all fitness levels.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. There are some steeper sections and stairs, however the walk is short.

Direction: While this track can be completed in either direction, anti-clockwise is recommended in order to arrive to the lookout sooner.

getting there

The trail starts from the Queen Mary Falls picnic area on Spring Creek Road, in Killarney, 2 hours drive south-west of Brisbane. The walk is located in the southwestern reaches of Main Range National Park.

Parking is ample, however it can become very busy, particularly on weekends.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round, however there are some sections of the walk that are exposed to the sun, so it may be more difficult during the warmer months.

An early start on a weekend or a weekday visit is advised.

Like all walks involving waterfalls, they are best done after recent rain, however be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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