Boonah is a small town encounted when traveling the Beaudesert/ Cunningham Hgy link road. Boonah services a rich agricultural belt that provides produce to nearby Brisbane. Boonah is a market garden town. Given the proximity to Brisbane, Boonah is also a lifestyle commute centre.
Boonah was established in 1882 as a service centre for the surrounding farms. Originally the area was known as Dugandan, after a farm that was occupied as early as 1844. Later as a settlement grew it became known as Blumbergville. A railway line was built to the area in 1887, with the name Boonah given to a rail siding. The main commercial centre moved from Dugandan at the railway terminus, to Boonah after floods forced a shift of the settlement to higher grounds. Boonah was the centre of the Shire of Boonah local government area until council amalgamations occurred in 2008.
The town is positioned near the Fassifern Valley, McPherson Range and Main Range. It is surrounded by hills, including Mount French and other Moogerah Peaks. Frog Buttress is a popular rock climbing cliff on the north-west side of Mount French.