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Crows Nest

Perched on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, the timber town of Crows Nest lies amongst pretty, undulating hills and is built around an attractive village green. In the centre of the green, known as Centenary Park, is the statue of Jimmy Crow, a local Aboriginal man, after whom some believe the town was named. Its streets are filled with striking old buildings that house antique shops, cafes, galleries and a museum.

Centenary Park has won awards for its design, including its innovative underground water catchment. This small town packs a lot of historical punch. Within an easy walk of the town centre, you'll find Salts Antiques, Carbethon Folk Museum, Regional Art Gallery and a community arts and crafts centre. After hoofing it around town make for the Applegum Walk, a pleasant stroll along the creek between Bullocky's Rest and Warmann Park.

Pack a picnic to enjoy in nearby Crows Next National Park where you'll find bird watching and bushwalking trails through the eucalypt forest. After rains you'll see Crows Nest Falls in action. You may even spot a brush-tailed rock wallaby perched on the high granite boulders.

Crows Nest: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery


Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery actively nurtures and promotes the local artistic community, with monthly exhibitions featuring the original works of local painters, sculptors, photographers, textile artists, ceramicists, printmakers and wood turners.

The gallery also regularly features exhibitions and artists from outside the region and holds a popular Christmas Festival Exhibition where art works are available for sale.

The gallery's annual Crows Nest Acquisitive Art Prize has gained a steady reputation, offering generous prize money and attracting high quality entries from far and wide.

Established in 1996 in the board room of the original Crows Nest Shire Chambers, the gallery is run by a part-time coordinator and a dedicated team of volunteers. It provides an arts reference point and fosters a community cultural identity, not only for those directly involved, but for visitors and the local community.






New England Highway
Crows Nest, QLD, 4355

Located 2.3K from Crows Nest

Crows Nest Falls


Weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and forest red gum line watercourses while dry vine scrubs grow in sheltered gullies where soil and moisture accumulate at Crows Nest Falls, a prominent feature of Crows Nest National Park, located about a half-hour drive from Toowoomba.

On steep slopes and cliff tops, eucalypts tower over a thick understorey of shrubs and small trees. The Falls are a haven for native birds and provides many opportunities for birdwatchers. Wildflowers, including the rare Acacia granitica, flourish in the shallow, rocky soils and provide colourful displays in spring and summer.

Explore Crows Nest Creek, the falls and the Valley of Diamonds by following walking tracks that start at the picnic ground. Lookouts provide views over the Valley of Diamonds. Seasonal wildflowers provide interest for photographers and naturalists, and spotlighting for nocturnal native animals can be rewarding.

Picnic and camping areas are provided (a camping permit is required). The campground includes unpowered sites for tents and caravans. Showers, toilets, barbecues, tables, water and firewood are also provided.




Albert Street,
Crows Nest Falls National Park
Crows Nest, QLD, 4355

Located 6.0K from Crows Nest

Crows Nest National Park


Discover spectacular scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest remnants on the edge of the Great Dividing Range.

Nestled amongst eucalypt forest, bloodwood and stringybark trees lies Crows Nest Falls, about six kilometres east of Crows Nest and 56-kilometres north of Toowoomba.

Take in the sights of nature as water plunges 20 metres over steep granite cliffs at Crows Nest Falls lookout. Extend the original 2.1-kilometre circuit by adding the Kauyoo Loop to The Cascades, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool, where you're able to take a dip on a hot summer's day.

Continue to adventure four and a half kilometres to Koonin lookout with a glistening birds-eye-view over the Valley of Diamonds and spot brush-tailed rock-wallabies, rosellas and fantails. Plan ahead with a reserved campsite for nocturnal bandicoot and glider sightings at night.





Three Mile Road
Crows Nest, QLD, 4355

Located 6.4K from Crows Nest

Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard


Bunnyconnellen ('convivial pleasures') is a niche 'paddock to plate' gourmet food business producing award winning premium quality extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), table olives, olive related products, fine wine and other gourmet foods. All products are showcased at the rustic Cellar Door and are available for tastings and sampling each Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Enjoy innovative but simple food amongst the vines and olive trees and walk amongst the abundance of flora and fauna that makes up the gardens, followed by a game of croquet, boules, picnic, or a stroll down to the dam.

The gardens and Cellar Door lend themselves to an elegant country wedding venue with a little glitz but much passion. Also available is 'The Studio' an old farm building renovated to include the necessities of life whilst retaining simple charm and character. Ideal for couples, it consists of a small kitchen, en-suite, living space, pot belly stove, music system and two porches, one of which has a barbecue.




286 Swain Road
Crows Nest, QLD, 4355

Located 9.3K from Crows Nest

Ravensbourne National Park


For many years, Ravensbourne National Park was a traditional stop over for Aboriginal people on their way to and from bunya festivals in the Bunya Mountains. Today, visitors come to admire rainforest remnants, majestic Sydney blue gums and more than 80 bird species, including green catbirds and vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Under the rainforest's dense canopy, orchids and elkhorns thrive.

Picnic at either Blackbean or Cedar Block day-use area and explore the park's five short tracks (the longest is two hours). Near Cedar Block's self-guiding walk, Gus Beutel lookout gives panoramic views of the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim. On other tracks, watch for red-tailed black-cockatoos in the she-oaks and listen for the ringing calls of paradise riflebirds. Lorikeets and fairy-wrens are also often seen. Bring wood to enjoy a barbecue at either picnic area. There is no camping on-site. Stay at nearby Crows Nest National Park, at Cressbrook Dam or in nearby towns.




Esk-Hampton Road,
Ravensbourne National Park
Ravensbourne, QLD, 4352

Located 18.2K from Crows Nest

Goombungee War Memorial


In the Darling Downs farming community of Goombungee you'll find a rather elegant memorial in recognition of the local men lost in the battles of WWI.

Gallipoli survivor and hero of French battles Major General Sir Thomas Glasgow unveiled the Goombungee war memorial on 11 December 1920.

The people of Goombungee commissioned Toowoomba architect Harry Marks to design a classically-stylish sandstone pedestal with Doric columns, produced by RC Ziegler and Sons. A recessed square section bears leaded marble plates. The front plate carries 29 names - the town's men who died fighting in WWI. Atop the pedestal is a soldier statue, imported from Italy - an iconic representation of an Australian solder, which captures the qualities of loyalty, youth, innocence and bravery that grieving families wanted to remember.

The names of eight locals who died in WWII have been added.




Hartwig Street
Goombungee, QLD, 4354

Located 20.7K from Crows Nest

Highfields Pioneer Village


You'll marvel at the large collections of 40,000 shells, antique radios and the vintage machinery, alongside the Blacksmith Shop and intriguing Boot Repair Shop, all at the Highfields Pioneer Historical Village.

You'll find everything in working order, including the 1912 Marshall Portable Steam Engine which is used to drive the vintage machinery on special days such as the Easter Vintage Festival. The 1928 Dennis Fire Engine on display is one of the original Toowoomba Fire Trucks. The 1925 Model 'T' Ford Truck was restored in the restoration workshop at the Village in 1993, and is one of many vintage vehicles on display. The B.J. Palmer Boot Repair Shop is a real piece of local history and is a reminder of time when life was much simpler.

Billy Tea and Damper served with butter and Golden Syrup is available everyday from 10am to 4pm.

Run entirely by volunteers, dedicated to preserving the history of the Darling Downs for future generations!




73 Wirraglen Road
Highfields, QLD, 4352

Located 22.2K from Crows Nest

Spring Bluff Railway Station


Spring Bluff Railway Station is a heritage listed site located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba. Its significance stems from 150 years of railway history and the attraction of its landscaped gardens. In 1914 Queensland Railways launched a garden competition to encourage railway staff to beautify the stations and grow vegetables. The gardens are now beautifully maintained and have won awards in the Carnival of Flowers competition over many years.

The grounds are open for visitors all year round to enjoy a picnic or barbecue or perhaps a visit to the Spring Bluff Cafe for coffee and treats.

Spring Bluff Railway Station has been the venue for many weddings over the years and the quaint country-feel to the Station lends itself to being one of the most romantic outdoor wedding venues in the Region. It's a beautiful spot for wedding photos too!

Whatever the reason for visiting Spring Bluff Railway Station - picnic, coffee at the cafe, family outing, wedding, or just relaxing in the peaceful surrounds - they'll guarantee you'll want to come back for the Spring Bluff experience.




McCormack Drive
Spring Bluff, QLD, 4352

Located 23.8K from Crows Nest

Crows Nest: Events

Crows Nest Day


Crows Nest Day is part of the Crows Nest Festival week of community activities.

The program starts at 7am with a fun run, then all day entertainment, music, dance displays, children's activities and finally a rodeo.

Food will be available. There will be a licensed bar, drinks, tea and coffee also available.

You can enjoy many stalls selling handcrafts, gifts and more and there will be competitions including whip cracking, crow calling, hay stacking, tyre stacking, picnic races and a tug of war.

Worm races for trained earthworms conclude with the world championship Grand Old Crow Cup.


Event Dates
2016
      22nd Oct


Toowoomba Road and Curnow Street,,
Charlotte Street
Crows Nest, QLD, 4355

Located 0.0K from Crows Nest

Crows Nest: Travel Tips

Hampton Visitor Information Centre


The Hampton Visitor Information Centre is located at the junction of the New England Highway and the Esk-Hampton Road in Hampton, 30 minutes north of Toowoomba in south east Queensland.

It is set amongst the tall timbers right on the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range at 715 metres above sea level.

It is an accredited visitor information centre which offers a one stop shop for travel information on what to see and do in the area including national parks, lakes, bushwalking, bird spotting, antique and arts and craft shopping...and much more.

The centre is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable locals who know all about the hidden gems of the region and are ready to help with directions, maps, brochures, accommodation enquiries and other travel assistance. It also has free WIFI for the travelling public's convenience.

The centre is housed in 100 year old building. The warmth emanating from the honey coloured hoop pine walls and the wide planks of the tallowwood floors mixed with the smell of the linseed oil finish make this a delightful place to pick up tourist information, talk to a local and linger awhile.




8623 New England Highway
Hampton, QLD, 4352

Located 10.7K from Crows Nest

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