As the name suggests, the Killarney area on the headwaters of the Condamine River was first settled by Irish migrants, but, as novelist David Malouf observes in Harland’s Half Acre, the Southern Downs town bears scant resemblance to the 'place on the far side of the globe that its founders meant to honour and were piously homesick for'.
Through Australian eyes, however, Killarney, which has been largely rebuilt since the devastation of a 1968 cyclone, is an attractive little town 34km east of Warwick.
Close to the NSW border, the Killarney panorama is dominated by the rugged grandeur of the Great Dividing Range. Killarney and the Southern Downs caters for all tastes and holiday expectations no matter whether you are a fisherman, honeymooner, nature-lover, bush-walker, heritage-lover, fossicker, wine-fancier or all of the aforementioned. It is also a corner of Queensland where you can enjoy four very distinctive seasons.