Boonah is a town of approximately 3000 persons and the administrative centre of the Boonah Shire Local Government Area in South East Queensland, Australia. The town is 84 km southwest of the state capital Brisbane. ‘Boonah’ is the local Aboriginal Australian word meaning ‘bloodwood tree’ (Corymbia gummifera).
Boonah is the hub of a large agricultural area, including cattle, cereal grains, carrots, potatoes and timber. Several National Parks are located nearby, including Main Range National Park, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mount French National Park as well as Lake Moogerah, which is popular with tourists.
Mt. French national park is home to Frog Buttress, a natural basalt formation popular with rock climbers.
A link in the scenic loop which cuts a diverse trail through the cities, bush towns, pasture, mountains and rainforest of the state’s south-east corner, Boonah is the commercial centre for the prolific Fassifern Valley agricultural district.
Set in what colonial commandant and explorer Captain Patrick Logan described in 1827 as a ‘beautiful vale’, the charming little town straddles the main road between the Gold Coast and Warwick.
You can enjoy magnificent views of the valley from the Governor’s Chair at Spicer’s Gap at Clumber on the western reaches of the shire.