Southern Downs: Searching For Browns Falls

On the beautiful blacktop between Boonah in the Scenic Rim and Killarney in the Darling Downs, past The Head, Carr’s Lookout, Queen Mary Falls and Daggs Falls lies the spectacular Browns Falls just waiting to be discovered.

With Style And Class

Starting out, the path quickly changes from wide concrete into a narrow goat track which made Dad and I question the legitimacy of this track. Pressing on, the heavens decided to open up some minor flood gates and unleash a steady flow of rain, which made crossing the slick rocks over the shallow streams quite the experience.

While I managed to inelegantly tiptoe across with forceful determination, those hardcore skills were notably absent when I tried to make my way under a fallen tree. Yup, can’t even maneuver under a tree without soiling myself…


Surprise!

Several more ineloquent crossings later, we were FINALLY… found by dogs. Wait! What? Two beautiful Kelpie dogs scared the bejeezus out of us when they randomly showed up out of nowhere to join our little venture into the wilderness. Their speedy, nimble movements and sudden disappearance then reappearance would throw out our intense concentration as we tried not to ass end over teacup on the jagged rocks but they were such a delight to have with us. A frightful delight, you might say.

Our furry companions followed us the rest of the way to Browns Falls: fifteen metres of glorious water cascading over impressive hexagonal basalt columns into the dark, moody rainforest made a stunning geographical feature that I was not expecting.

Browns Falls: Plunge waterfall in dark rainforest
Browns Falls

The Fallout

In between getting wet, getting lost, drowning our shoes and scurrying, scuttling, climbing, crouching our way through the muck, we arrived back at the car with Dad having a huge split… in his outer rain pants… Not in the back, where one would expect the pressure to be the most intense, but right up the inner seam… of both legs! The most epic of splits! A lot of belly laughter ensued.

All in all, this was an amazing short walk to a stunning waterfall. Even though there was a path with markers guiding you on your merry way, it wasn’t defined which made it feel a lot more like an untamed wilderness discovery hike. The fact that it was raining and we were joined by two very friendly, nimble dogs that didn’t want to use our legs as chew toys only made it so much more memorable. A great walk in the park that doesn’t feel like a walk in the park.

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