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Hampton

At the top of the escarpment on the Great Dividing Range, Hampton is a picturesque village surrounded by forests and striking natural beauty. At 715 metres above sea level, it's the heart of the high county and home to a thriving arts community. It's rich volcanic soils and temperate climate make it one of Southern Queensland Country's most productive food bowls. The Hampton area supplies much of the state's rhubarb and avocados and the breadth of produce grown in the area is celebrated at the annual Hampton Festival in May.

Stop to chat to a local at the Hampton Visitor Information Centre and browse the historic 100 year old building.

If you're travelling with a caravan or motor home, Chapman Park is a designated overnight rest stop within an easy walk of Flavours Cafe and a general store.

Hampton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 9.7K from Hampton

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 10.9K from Hampton

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 11.3K from Hampton

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 13.3K from Hampton

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 14.5K from Hampton

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 15.0K from Hampton

Hampton: Events

Hampton Festival


The picturesque hamlet of Hampton in Queensland will celebrate their creative culture, regional produce and gourmet industries in May when the annual Hampton Festival is held.

The 14th Festival promises plenty to see, taste and enjoy. Food enthusiasts will have the opportunity to buy fresh produce, chat with local growers and explore the many restaurants, wineries and market retailers.

The Festival is also home to the annual Hampton Art Exhibition featuring over 50 artists from the very creative local community. In addition, there will be an Artist In Residence program, art demonstrations and live art happenings throughout this site.

Celebrity chefs will present lively cooking demonstrations in the covered marquee featuring key ingredients from local farms and producers. Farmers will be on hand to chat to the chefs and audience about their produce including growing methods, uses and nutritional values.




Event Dates
2016
      15th May


8623 New England Highway,
Corner of New England Highway ,
Chapman Park
Hampton, QLD, 4352

Located 0.2K from Hampton

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 10.6K from Hampton

Big Band at Spring Bluff


Featuring the sounds of the Jim Miller Big Band, this event brings hundreds of people to Spring Bluff Railway Station. Enjoy the magnificent gardens, spectacular views with food and drink available from the onsite caf?.


Event Dates
2016
      18th Sep


Spring Bluff Railway Station
Spring Bluff, QLD, 4352

Located 15.3K from Hampton

Hampton: 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 0.1K from Hampton

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