Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park

A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored.

Settle in for a morning cuppa or barbecue picnic lunch at this shady spot nestled in fragrant eucalypt forest. Set up on one of the picnic tables or spread out a picnic rug on the lush lawn beneath the trees.

After your picnic head of to explore spectacular Queen Mary Falls, where Spring Creek tumbles 40 metres to the valley below. Choose from the Cliff or Queen Mary Falls circuits or, if you’re keen, do both! As you’re walking, keep an eye on the canopy, you might just spot a koala snoozing in the fork of a tree.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).

Condamine Gorge ’14 River Crossing’

Accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only, the Condamine Gorge’s ’14 River Crossings’ track is appropriately named after the 14 river crossings you have to make exploring this beautiful part of the Gorge.

During normal conditions the crossings of the Condamine River are relatively shallow. However, during wet weather the river will rise rapidly making it impassable. It is advisable to check conditions with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre or Bureau of Meteorology prior to visiting.

The Condamine Gorge is home to a number of endangered species, please respect this precious environment. Note that private properties either side of the track may not be fenced, so please keep to the road and creek area and observe the ‘no trespassing’ signs.

To commence the track from Boonah, start opposite the Police Station, travel out from Boonah along Rathdowny Road and turn right at Carney’s Creek Road. Travel out approximately 12 kilometres to cross Teviot Brook floodway and then turn right to The Head. The low road is Condamine Gorge. This track is only accessible when the weather is dry, take the high road when river is flowing.

From Killarney, turn left into Condamine Gorge just after the abattoir.

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Indulge yourself in one of three fully self-contained ‘escape’ cottages. Take in the fresh air and wonderful views that can only be found one kilometre above sea level. Enjoy a log fire – winter or summer! A gourmet breakfast is included in the tariff. The restaurant is open for evening meals for all in-house guests.

Breathtaking views of the Condamine Gorge, Wilson’s Peak, World Heritage listed rain forests and the Border Ranges. These are just some of the attractions of Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages! Situated overlooking the headwaters of the Condamine River, delight your tastebuds with contemporary Australian Cuisine from our award winning Chef. They are proud to support our local Southern Downs Farmers and Producers, by using as much local produce, including the famous Killarney beef and lamb.

A true Bird Watchers paradise, many different varieties of birds can be viewed through the windows of your cottage. The elusive Albert Lyre Bird may be seen scratching through the leaf litter on the sides of the road in the local forest. Blue Wrens, Crimson Rosellas, Bower Birds, Red Brow Finches, Kurrawongs, Black Cockatoos and Honey Eaters.

Free wi-fi to in-house guests (available in cafe only).

Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park

Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park is set on five acres of land with spectacular views of Killarney and the surrounding mountains. Killarney View has seven modern fully self contained Cabins catering for couples and families; these are situated at the front of the park with great views. They have also added a spacious two bedroom Cottage and a new Pet friendly cabin complete with a fenced yard. The park is within walking distance to the Killarney Township, only 10 kilometres to the spectacular Queen Mary Falls and less than an hour’s drive to the award winning Granite Belt wineries.

The park has a great flat grassed camping area with open fire places. Recently added a family bathroom, The camp kitchen has a great ambience with a new Wood burner stove for those colder nights; there is also a gas barbecue, Pizza oven, microwave oven and refrigerator. Good mobile phone and television reception and a dump point. Killarney View welcomes dogs by prior arrangement.

Killarney Sundown Motel and Tourist Park

Located just off the main road of Killarney in Pine Street, situated near to the show, polocrosse, rodeo and recreation grounds, the Killarney Sundown Motel is the place to stop and relax. Owners Faye and Trevor are committed to providing guests with clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation.

The Sundown Motel offers fully self-contained accommodation, perfect for families as the family unit can sleep up to five people. The Sundown Motel offers you the opportunity to use the barbecue and open firepit, which is perfect for parties and the like. The Sundown Motel is even pet friendly. It is the perfect location to stop for the night after visiting the spectacular Queen Mary Falls and Condamine Gorge.

A fully self-contained cabin, motor home, caravan and camping sites are available. Also an easy to use dump site.

They are now a Kui Parks park, ask them about becoming a member.

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Southern Downs Harvest Lunch

Saturday 12 May 2018
Join us for lunch at Melrose Station, Killarney on the 12th May 2018 for a culinary event to celebrate the amazing array of fresh, seasonal produce from our own backyard, the Southern Downs region.

Taste ingredients that will inspire you to question where your food comes from and what delicious meals you can create using seasonal produce. Be entertained and educated by local growers so you can take part of the Southern Downs home with you.

Our Community
Southern Downs Harvest is a Not for Profit Organisation run by and for the benefit of our local community and the wider region. Your hosts, organisers, kitchen, wait staff and many of the producers volunteer their time unconditionally to ensure that this event is a success.  All profits are donated to a nominated community group or groups. The 2017 raised much needed funds for the Killarney Show and Rodeo Society and the Killarney Aged Care.

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Killarney Bonfire Night

Killarney Bonfire Night wards off the frost with fires, fireworks, and food. Let’s heat this place up!

Giant dragons, ships, fiery devils, flaming 44 gallon drums – the glowing wonders created by the Killarney community are the draw card for young and old alike at this winter celebration!

A giant pine bonfire is the centrepiece of an evening to surprise and delight. Hot chips, barbecue, bar, curry and delicious mulled wine will warm you up, and an outstanding Fireworks display will conclude the night.

Held just two hours from Brisbane and one and three quarter hours from Toowoomba, this event is a fundraiser for Killarney Memorial Aged Care and an official event of Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Doesn’t matter how cold it gets you can expect a warm, warm welcome in Killarney on Bonfire Night!

Carr’s Lookout

Carr’s Lookout is located on Spring Creek Road, approximately 8km north east of Queen Mary Falls. Stop a moment to take in the stunning view from Carr’s Lookout – there is an easily accessible carpark available near the lookout.  A sign board tells the history of a 1955 plane crash on Mt Superbus, the wreckage of which is still there. The Condamine River head waters are also visible, which runs on into the Murray-Darling river system. The lookout is located directly next to Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages.

Carr’s Lookout forms part of the Falls Drive, which also takes you past Queen Mary Falls, Brown’s Falls and Dagg’s Falls.

Killarney Heritage Centre

The Killarney Heritage Centre is located on one of the main streets of Killarney. The Heritage Centre specialises in researching local family history and has a grand collection of local historical photos, articles and small artefacts. The society also hosts tours around the heritage centre and out to Queen Mary Falls. The Centre is open 10am to 2pm on weekends or by special arrangement.

The Waddle and Saddle

Sunday 27 August, 2017

The Waddle and Saddle is held in Killarney’s Cambanoora Gorge.  It is a mixed trek for Horse Riders, Cyclists and Walkers along the historic Condamine River Road in the beautiful Condamine Gorge near Killarney. The road is part of the Bicentennial National Trail.

On the day of the Waddle and Saddle the road is closed to traffic and participants follow in the tracks of the bullock teams and pioneers through the soaring cliffs and 14 River Crossings of the Gorge, enjoying a Billy Tea and Damper along the way before returning home to a BBQ Lunch. The entire trip is 22km.

The event is a fundraiser for the Killarney Show & Rodeo Society and run with the support of the Killarney Lions Club and the Cambanoora Gorge Management Group.

The date for the 2017 Waddle and Saddle will be Sunday 27 August, 2017.

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Regional Markets

The Southern Downs and Granite Belt is home to some of the freshest produce in Queensland. It’s a foodie’s paradise, with seasonal produce available from the paddock to the pantry and the plate. Fill a basket at one of our many local markets happening every week around the region including:

Stanthorpe Seasonal Feast Markets

Every Friday
Farley Street Piazza
8:00am — 2:00pm
www.seasonalfeast.com.au

Warwick Seasonal Feast Markets

Every Wednesday
8:00am — 12:00pm
Bluebird Kitchen – cnr Palmerin and Percy Sts, Warwick
www.seasonalfeast.com.au

Warwick Uber Markets

2nd Saturday of the month
Leslie Park, Warwick
10:00am — 2:30pm
P: 0457 600 082

Border Railway Markets

1st Sunday of the month
Wallangarra Railway Station, Wallangarra
8:00am — 12:30pm
07 4684 3300

Glengallan Seasonal Markets

1st Sunday of the new season
Glengallan Homestead, Allora
8:00am — 1:00pm
P: 07 4667 3866
Glengallan.com.au 

Killarney Country Markets

Last Sunday of the month*
*Except March (Sat 17th), April (Sat 21st) and July (Sat 21st)
Canning Park, Killarney
8:00am – 1:00pm
P: 0439 618 371

Markets in the Mountains

2nd Sunday of the month and QLD long weekends
8:00am — 12:00pm
Stanthorpe Showgrounds
Marketinthemountains.org

Stanthorpe Showground Markets

4th Sunday of the month
8:00am – 1:00pm
Stanthorpe Showgrounds
P: 0416 169 032

Pig & Calf Markets

Every Wednesday
Cnr Fitzroy & Lyons St, Warwick
P: 07 4661 1411

Yangan Farmers Markets

Every Sunday
8:00am — 12:00pm
Yangan School of Arts – 7 King St, Yangan
yanganfarm.com.au

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