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Our top 3 picks for very scenic drives around beautiful Boonah

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

When you stay at our Old Church Bed and Breakfast in Milford, chances are you’ll want to get out and explore the local area.

Here are our top 3 picks for very scenic drives around beautiful Boonah.

1. The Greenhills

This short drive east, just behind the Old Church B & B, takes you up the Greenhills Road to some of the most spectacular views you will ever see.

You get a real sense of why this region is called the Scenic Rim.

There are views along the main range, the border ranges with NSW and back around to Kooralbyn and Mount Tamborine. Just row upon row of beautiful mountains. The mountains have many moods and are spectacular, changing colour in different lights. This is great place to watch the sunrise or sunset (or maybe even propose!). There are plenty of places for photo opportunities. You will be able to look back down to the township of Boonah and also take in the Sugarloaf Mountain. You can follow the Greenhills Road to the dead end at Copperhead Road, then turn and come back the same way. Don’t attempt Geiger Road it is impassable.

Greenhills Road is a steep, narrow, mostly gravel road, watch out for wallabies. Total return distance 22km, takes 40 minutes plus photo time.

View of Sugarloaf Mountain from the Greenhills Boonah

2. Cannon Creek Road to Maroon Dam

This drive takes you south along Cannon Creek Road, past Sugarloaf Mountain. Drive through green rolling hills and farms. Stop for some great photo opportunities of the spectacular Mount Maroon and Mount Barney rugged mountain peaks. The gravel road has a quite steep decline towards the end and is not suitable in the wet. Turn right onto the sealed Boonah Rathdowney Road and follow the road to the Maroon Dam turnoff. Home to many water sports, Maroon Dam is a great place for a picnic. When exiting back at the main road, turn left towards Boonah. Enjoy great country scenery on the drive back into town.

From Boonah it is just a few minutes back to the Old Church B & B. Total round trip distance is approx. 53 km and takes about 70 minutes without stopping.

3. Lake Moogerah

From the Old Church B & B, head towards the small town of Mount Alford. Call in and try a craft beer or lunch at the Scenic Rim Brewery (open 10am -5pm Thursday to Sunday). Continue on to Lake Moogerah.

This man-made dam was completed in 1961. The concrete dam wall is 38 metres high and 219 metres long. The 827 hectare dam holds 83,765-megalitres when at full capacity. It is home to a wide variety of water birds including black swans and pelican. It is very popular destination for water sports. There are great views to the mountains of the Moogerah Peaks National Park. Take a walk across the Dam wall for the full effect. If you are feeling fit, take the 3 hour hike to the top of Mount Edwards. There are plenty of picnic shelters and BBQs at the Dam, so bring a picnic or enjoy something from the Dam Café (open Thursday to Sunday).

When exiting the Dam, turn left and follow the road to the main Boonah Fassifern Road. Turn right and it will bring you back into Boonah. The Old Church B & B is a short 6-minute drive from Boonah. This drive is on sealed roads, approx. 50kms and takes around 1 hour round trip with no stops.

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