Before you get to Boonoo Boonoo National Park, you need to get the lingo right! It’s pronounced Bunna Boo Nu. Practice it, soon it will roll off the tongue. I hadn’t quite done that in the video!
The photos simply don’t do it justice!
The lookout is where Banjo Paterson proposed to his missus, so they say! No wonder she said yes, Boonoo Boonoo Falls is breathtaking.
It is an effort to get to also – 43 km from Stanthorpe, Queensland or 23 km from Tenterfield, New South Wales, turn west. It is 4 km on the Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road before you arrive at the national park, and a further 10 km on a good gravel road (when we visited) to the falls lookout.
Once you are there, it is a very easy walk and immensely rewarding! We took the right path towards the lookout, first.
Along the way, you can peek at the waterhole, and cascades.
The water flow was so powerful, the scenery rivalling waterfalls we’ve played in at NT’s famous Litchfield National Park.
Walking down to the lookout, your view is dominated by an immense cliff face.
It’s a 210m drop to the gorge and a beautiful valley below!
The path itself is quite short and easy, Grade 2 in fact. All bitumen, with some steps. Signs say it is 600m to the falls and 400m to the rockpool – possibly return. Our best views of the rock pool were back on the falls track.
We found the infrastructure was very satisfying. Rock walls and steps that have stood the test of time.
Visit the big rockpool – next time we’ll come for secluded summer swims with some rockhopping up and down river.
On the way back to the falls track, look out over the river as it propels towards the cascades.
I’ll also come back to and take the river walk, the other picnic areas, explore Morgan’s Gully – an 1890s goldfield!
We’ll stop at the Cypress Pine Campground so we can really enjoy everything the park offers.
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