Queen Mary Falls is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit but for one reason or another, I never seemed to get there.
Either the weather was miserable, or I just couldn’t get the time off to head down south for a tiki tour.
Fortunately, as alluded to in my last post, Queen Mary Falls was on the precise route we were taking on our trip to NSW and was only a couple of clicks away from Carrs Lookout.
These falls are not as spectacular as other more popular destinations like Niagara or the like, but its one of the best I’ve been up close and personal too.
There’s a parking and picnic area just off the side of the road where you can stop for a break and stretch your legs. There was a café across the road from the parking area, but as we’d just had breakfast at the Spring Creek Café we gave it a miss.
Instead, we embarked on the 45 minute 2km (1.2 miles) trek to the falls lookout and later to the foot of the falls.
The track is pretty easy if you’re only going to the Falls Lookout, but if you decide to do the whole circuit there are some steep sections with steps. It’s worth it though because at the bottom of the falls you get a gentle spray from the falls which, on a hot day is refreshing.
Originally called Upper Daggs Falls after Charles Dagg, the falls were renamed Queen Mary Falls after a Royal visit to Australia. Its said that as a child Queen Mary travelled by horseback to see the falls. Hence the renaming.
Fed by Spring Creek and dropping about 40m (130 feet) over basalt cliffs from the McPherson Range, the spring water follows a twisting route to Daggs Falls and Browns Falls further downstream and later to the Condamine River system.
After leaving Queen Mary Falls we rode on to Daggs Falls which was just as picturesque. The only difference being we didn’t have to walk far to see them. The falls are right by the roadside and can be seen from a purpose-built viewing platform.
Sadly, we were running out of time and didn’t get to see Browns Falls. That one is at the end of a 20-minute walking trail.
At least I have an excuse to head back out that way and check it out.
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