Emerald Creek, Dinden West Forest Reserve

Mareeba, Mareeba Area

The picturesque Emerald Creek Falls forms a series of cascades over smooth granite boulders and contrasts starkly with the surrounding dry, rocky landscape of the forest.

Emerald Creek rushes out of the rainforest-clad heights of the Lamb Range and down into open eucalypt woodland. Here the waters of the creek tumble over granite boulders, forming the picturesque falls that plunge into placid pools.

Bottlebrush trees sprout from between the rocks, their red flowers giving a splash of colour to the scene in season. Smooth-barked water gums lean over the creek, the trunks of some interestingly twisted by the battering of floodwaters.

Picnic in the day-use area and cool down in the nearby creek. Follow the moderate 1.9 kilometre track to a lookout over the falls with scenic views, not only of the falls, but also back along the valley and across the northern Atherton Tableland. Near the creek, look for dragonflies and damselflies. You may even see the giant petalurid dragonfly, the largest dragonfly in Australia.

Image credits: Qld Govt.
Stay on the track and behind safety fences at all times.

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Da Vinci Machines

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
9 December 2017 – 27 May 2018
Leonardo’s Inventions Brought to Life This award-winning international touring exhibition showcases iconic machines and inventions inspired by Leonardo’s drawings. On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, a vast array of machines created from original da Vinci drawings bringing the mechanical concepts of this curious mind to life.

Murphys Creek Markets

Murphys Creek, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 20 January 2018
Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies. Murphys Creek Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month on Murphy's Creek Road (adjacent to Murphy's Creek Tavern) from 7am to 12.

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Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
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Their Summer Tunes program provides free, live music at popular parks in the Toowoomba region and is a great way to relax with friends and family. Concerts feature local musicians from a variety of music genres and can be enjoyed on weekends throughout January and February.

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Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
From AU$1 - 2
26 January 2018
Celebrate Australia Day at the Woolshed at Jondaryan.   What better way to spend this national day other than immersing yourself in the culture and history that makes Australia great.   Accommodation available on site, stay in Heritage Listed Cottages, Rustic cabins or even the authentic Shearers Quarters or camp under the stars on powered and non-powered camping and caravan sites.

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Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
27 January 2018
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Monthly from 7 February 2018
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