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Cliff circuit

Jodie Bray © Queensland Government

Cliff circuit

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (built) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Legend

Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (built) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Walk to the top of Queen Mary Falls and the headwaters of one of Australia’s longest river systems—the Murray Darling.

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Walk to the top of Queen Mary Falls.
Walk to the top of Queen Mary Falls. Jodie Bray © Queensland Government
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A cool work during the heat of the day, you’ll feel on top of the world at the viewing platform overlooking spectacular Queen Mary Falls. Be sure to have your camera with you because this opportunity is not to be missed.

Watch the water tumble and cascade down the mighty 40m cliff and into the gorge below. Look to the base of the falls where a pile of boulders are all that remains of a cliff collapse in the 1880s.

On the way back to the Queen Mary Falls picnic area, search the canopy for sleeping koalas.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).

At a glance

Distance: 570m return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 20mins walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

The Cliff circuit is in the Queen Mary Falls section of Main Range National Park, about 120km south-west of Brisbane.

Getting to the Queen Mary Falls section

  • Queen Mary Falls is at the south-west end of the park.
  • From the east, from Beaudesert, drive 40km west to Boonah, then drive 58km south-west via the Boonah-Rathdowney Road, Carneys Creek Road, and Head Road
  • From the west, drive 8km east of Killarney via Spring Creek Road.
  • The approach from Boonah is very steep and should be travelled with care. It is unsuitable for caravans.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Road conditions

  • The approach from Boonah is very steep and should be travelled with care. It is unsuitable for caravans.

  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

You can park at the Queen Mary Falls picnic area.

Fuel and supplies

Supplies are available opposite the picnic area, and fuel in Killarney.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Cliff circuit is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Main Range can experience rapid changes in temperature and weather. Winters are usually dry and cold with frosty nights and temperatures dropping to an average minimum of 5°C. Summers are warm to very hot, especially on the exposed ridges, reaching to 35°C, with cooler nights that average 10 to 18°C. Watch out for late spring and summer thunderstorms that bring lightning and unseasonably cold weather. Most rain falls between November and March.

Permits and fees

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

Drinking water

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Walking

  • Ensure you have clothing and equipment suitable for rapid changes in temperature and weather.
  • If walking at night, please exercise caution and ensure you have sufficient lighting.
  • Beware of ticks, leeches and stinging trees.

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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