Where to see fireflies every Spring

Every year in November, fire flies emerge at our beautiful town of Killarney, just over 2 hours from Brisbane. This annual fairy wonderland only lasts for a very limited time, so keep reading to get all the insider tips so you catch them this Spring!

Where to go to see fireflies:

Want to see these beauties? You’ll need to head to Queen Mary Falls in Killarney, which is part of the Main Range National Park. It’s just over two hours drive, and we highly recommend taking the scenic route through Boonah onto the Head Road. If you’re towing something, you’ll need to come through Warwick instead.

Once you reach the Queen Mary Falls carpark, head off on the Queen Mary Falls Circuit track – it’s about a 2km return walk. Take the right hand side track to the first lookout, before continuing to the bottom of the Falls for the best chance to see them.

Insider Tips:

  • The fireflies (and sometimes glow worms!) usually emerge in late October to November. During this time they come out at dusk and disappear at last light, so you can only see them around 6:15pm to 7:15pm.
  • Bring a torch and cover it with red cellophane – please don’t rely on the light on your phone. Don’t shine any lights directly on fireflies or glow worms as this will harm them. Please don’t try to touch them – they are a very delicate species!
  • Remember this is a National Park, so no pets please!
  • Want to make a night of it? The two closest food and accommodation options to Queen Mary Falls are the nearby Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages or Queen Mary Falls Cafe and Caravan Park. Alternatively, head into Killarney for plenty of other options.

While You’re Here

Make a weekend of it by checking out these other things to do in the area:

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