Donnelly’s Castle

Darling Downs South West

A nice little walk around the rock formation features of Donnelly’s Castle Lions Park with the lookout above and the caves below.

Picnic Facilities
Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Take the New England Highway north from Stanthorpe and turn left at the Big Apple in Thulimbah onto Amiens Road. Follow this road until you see the sign to the Castle on your left down Donnelly’s Castle Road and left again along Castle Lane (unsealed) to the car park and picnic area.


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Route/Trail notes:

From the carpark and picnic area walk up through the archway to the sign. To the left for a walk to the Lookout atop the boulders via a metal staircase and to the right down to the caves beneath the boulders.

There is no fixed pathway down and around the caves.



Other References/Comments:

Watch out for the Yowie Man!


This was fun after a hearty lunch at the Stanthorpe Cheese Factory climbing to the lookout and then investigating the various routes through the ‘caves’ below.

F.A.B. on 25 Jul, 2022

Nice short walk imagining what it would have been like to hide out here in the caves.

Bobbe on 13 Feb, 2022

This was a really fun walk, exploring the lookout and caves. We had our almost 5 year old granddaughter with us, and it was a really great place to take her. So much fun. Well worth doing this one if you're in the area.

Ian and Sue on 25 Jul, 2020

The clamber up the rock at the end is a bit precarious, but the outlook is worth it.

SweetLorikeet on Apr, 2020

What an incredible place to explore! We took our 7 and 9 year olds and had an amazing time clambering over and around and underneath the rocks.
Short little walk up to the lookout (an enormous large boulder, with steps, hand rail and fence for safety), with amazing views, and then we spent ages just exploring. No particular track to follow, but it's not difficult to find your way back to the carpark.
We spotted signs of koalas in the form of droppings, but unfortunately did not actually see any of them (probably making too much noise..).
Well worth a visit!

Sarah on 8 Jun, 2019


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