A while ago, The Pillion and I nicked off to the other side of the New South Wales – Queensland border for some R&R. We usually just head down the coastal route via Mt Tamborine or Springbrook.
This time, for something a bit different, we decided to head out via Boonah and Killarney.
Boonah itself is a nice little country town, about 85km (53 miles) southwest of Brisbane in the Scenic Rim Region. This story though is about Carrs Lookout at Spring Creek
Carrs Lookout is located about halfway along Spring Creek Road which extends some 60km (37 miles) from Coochin QLD through to Legume in NSW.
This road in itself is worth discovering because it takes in not only Carrs Lookout but Queen Mary Falls, Daggs Falls and Browns Falls amongst other places of interest along its route.
The lookout is a timber boardwalk and was named after Reg Carr, who was the Glengallan Shire Chairman from 1949 to 1970. In 1956, he and Engineer Dick Phillip, were responsible for surveying and opening the road now known as The Falls Drive. (Although Google still lists it as Spring Creek Road).
North facing Carrs Lookout surveys a 180° view of The Head Valley, from Mt Barney in the east to Wilsons Peak to Mt Bell and Mt Superbus (or is that Mt Super Bus?) in the west.
Incidentally, Mt Superbus is the highest mountain in southern Qld and the second highest in the state.
It’s also the site of a plane wreck that happened back in 1960.
The story goes that on Easter Saturday morning on 9 April 1955 an Australian RAAF Lincoln Bomber crashed into the mountain. The plane was on a mercy flight with a sick baby from Townsville on board. Sadly the crew of four, a nurse and the child were all killed.
Large sections of the plane are still on the mountain and remain intact. The site is a popular destination for bushwalkers to visit.
Just west of Carrs Lookout is Spring Creek Mountain Café and Cottages.
We stopped here for breakfast and a coffee as it was about the halfway point to our destination and what should have been a quick 20 – 30 minute stop, turned into a one-hour stopover.
The atmosphere was so tranquil and the views are breathtaking.
Among other things, the café serves a selection of very tasty home-baked bread & house-made dips, including garlic butter, balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil and unlike most cafés, you don’t just get a slice or two, you get a full loaf. A half loaf is available if you’re not a big eater, but I guarantee that you’ll go back for seconds… I did.
Which dip did I choose?
I went the garlic butter because I’m a little scared of vampires.
This mooring bollard was a bit strange, stuck out here all on its lonesome. I mean its got to be 120km ( 70 miles) as the crow flies to the nearest ocean.
I had a look around for a plaque or something to find out what it was all about, but to no avail.
Maybe it’s so you can tie yourself down on windy days. Who knows?
It’s an interesting talking point in any case.
Anyway, until next time.
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