Visit the quaint town of Boonah and stroll through the main street to visit a diversity of speciality shops to include Cafés, second hand shops, clothes and antique shops. Boonah also has a cinema which shows films over the weekend.
Boonah Spar Arts Festival: Each September, Boonah holds an arts festival, in which the young and old of the whole town, has a chance to play a part. The festival extends for a period of about a week and includes art shows, paddock sculptures, music awards, live bands, cinema and a Spectacular lantern parade and performance to bring a close to the festival.
The Scenic Rim Tourism website (www.boonahtourism.org.au) - Features all there is to know of things to see and do in Boonah
If traveling from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you will pass through the small township of Rathdowney (pop 400) on your way to Mt Barney Lodge. Only a 20 minute drive from the Lodge, Rathdowney boasts a Pub (with meals), a butcher (check out their smoked goods and is open 5 days a week), a service station, Visitors Information Center (and museum), Childrens' playground and a general store. The Rathy Store stocks all the 'basics' including take-a-way meals, ie hot chips, pies, sandwiches, hamburgers etc. The shop hours are 6am to 5pm daily.
Every year, a rodeo and campdraft are held at the local rodeo grounds. For more information on these events and more including Heritage Markets, click here.
From Mt Barney Lodge, head towards Boonah (along the Boonah Rathdowney Road) and turn off at Carney’s Creek Road (sign posted ‘the falls drive’). This road winds its way through some of the most gorgeous farmland, mountain ranges and cascading streams. Be sure to stop at Spring Creek Mountain Café (just before Queen Mary Falls) for fantastic views and mouth-watering cuisine.
After your stomachs are full... continue on to Queen Mary Falls for a delightful walk down through the tall open forest dominated by towering forest red gums and brush box to subtropical rainforest in the gorge. Your first view of the spectacular Queen Mary Falls is a delightful surprise. The waterfall drops 40 metres over the glistening basalt rock to the gorge below. As you cross Spring Creek, you walk through a fine mist spray from the waterfall... a refreshing moment…especially in the summer months.
For an alternate route, click here.
Note: Spring Creek Mountain Café is open for lunch, morning and afternoon tea on Wednesday’s, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Dinners can be organised are by appointment.
T: 4664 7101
For an absolutely gorgeous day out, visit Maroon Dam. There are fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, a lovely grassy picnic area and plenty of water for water sports such as canoeing and fishing.
Fishing permits can be obtained online via the Queensland Government Gateway websitewww.qld.gov.au/fishing or from the BP service station in Boonah. Permits cost $7 per week, or $35 per year. 1 permit is required per couple.
Moogerah Dam is a beautiful dam to swim in with a designated swimming area roped off for swimmers at A G Muller Park. Why not make a day trip off it and enjoy swimming at the dam followed by a trip to one of the wineries on your way back to Mt Barney Lodge. Head around to the dam wall for a stunning view of Elephant Rock and enjoy a bite to eat or a coffee at 'The Dam Cafe'
Moogerah Dam is also known for it's water sports and fishing.
Fishing permits can be obtained online via the Queensland Government Gateway website www.qld.gov.au/fishing or from the BP service station in Boonah. Permits cost $7 per week, or $35 per year. 1 permit is required per couple.
After a bit of rain, the waterfall plunging into the waterhole at this reserve is spectacular. On a hot summer’s day, this waterhole is ideal for a cool off and picnic.
Directions can be sought from staff at Mt Barney Lodge.
The Condamine is a beautiful scenic track, following the gorge crossing the Condamine River 14 times. Here you will be able to choose a spot for the day with the family and relax and swim in the several water holes . As we are not avid four wheel drivers, we suggest looking at this site for some more information. All we can ensure is that you will have some stunning views and you will not be disappointed when doing this track.