After a week of being sick with the flu, Mother’s Day seemed like the perfect opportunity to get everyone out of the house and go for a drive. I had been itching to go to Queen Mary falls for ages and finally got my wish. So off we went!
We took the scenic route through Boonah and meandered past wild lemon trees and trickling creeks, then up the narrow, windy road towards Killarney.
The kids had been a little board and whingy up until that point but once we hit the top of the mountain range, boardom and ipad games turned into “whoa” and “Look at that!”
Forget the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Scenic Rim Hinterland is simply stunning. Rolling green hills and rivers cutting a path through the ravines, waterfalls leaking from the cliffs and a view that stretches on for eternity.
Once on the mountain range, we stopped at the only cafe there and had a magnificent Mother’s Day lunch at the Spring Creek Mountain Cafe. We hadn’t booked so were relegated to the outdoor dining area but the waitress brought warm blankets for everyone (mum had forgotten bring jumpers) and hot chocolate for the boys, who were soon keeping warm by rolling down the grassy slopes while Wayne and I finished our meals.
Next we headed on to Queen Mary Falls. The cafe at the caravan park was also doing a sturdy Mother’s Day trade and the picnic area was completely full. We headed on to the walking trail. It’s best to do the trail from the left-hand entry and not the one at the bottom of the picnic area. The reason is that there are steps all the way down to the bottom of the left-hand trail and a slow incline on the way back up. Those taking the opposite route were wishing they’d gone the other direction.
The falls were magnificent! Well worth the 2 hour drive from Ipswich. And I felt satisfied, having achieved a goal in addition to spending a relatively screen free day with my family.
What hidden treasures have you found in the Scenic Rim?