Crows Nest

Population 1443

On the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range north of Toowoomba is the small town of Crows Nest. It was named after Jimmy Crow, a Kabi-Kabi Aboriginal man who made his home in a hollow tree near the present police station. He was an invaluable source of directions for passing bullock teams staying overnight in the area. A memorial to Crow can be found in Centenary Park.

Visitor Information

Hampton Visitor Information Centre, 8623 New England Hwy, Hampton (12 km S); (07) 4697 9066 or 1800 009 066

Nearby national parks

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

  • Bunya Mountains National Park

    The Bunya Mountains hosted important gatherings for the Waka Waka tribe and up until the late 1800s local and neighbouring Aboriginal groups...more

Nearby towns

  • Toowoomba

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  • Esk

    Esk is a heritage town in the Upper Brisbane Valley renowned for its beautiful lakes and dams where watersports are popular. Deer roam in...more

  • Oakey

    Oakey is an agricultural town on the Darling Downs surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and black-soil plains. It is also the base for the...more

In Town

Carbethon Folk Museum and Pioneer Village: many interesting old buildings and over 20 000 items of memorabilia documenting the history of the shire; open 10am–3pm Thurs–Sun; Thallon St.

Bullocky's Rest and Applegum Walk: a 1.5 km track follows the creeks to Hartmann Park and a lookout over Pump Hole. Visit in late winter to see the beautiful wildflowers; entry from New England Hwy.


Crows Nest National Park This popular park features a variety of landscapes, including granite outcrops and eucalypt forest. The wildlife is spectacular: see the platypus in the creek and the brush-tailed rock wallabies on the rocky cliffs. A steep track from the creek leads to an excellent lookout over Crows Nest Falls; follow this further to Koonin Lookout for spectacular views over the gorge, known locally as the Valley of Diamonds. (07) 4699 4333; 6 km E (look for sign to Valley of Diamonds).

Holland Wines: offers a vast collection of exquisite wines: 5 km N.

Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard: perfect getaway for couples with rooms available. Enjoy the magnificent wines and gourmet food; open weekends; Swain Rd, off New England Hwy, 10 km N.

Lake Cressbrook: set among picturesque hills is this excellent spot for windsurfing and boating. Fish the lake for silver perch; 17 km E.

Ravensbourne National Park: a small park comprising remnant rainforest and wet eucalypt forest with over 80 species of birds, including the black-breasted button-quail that can be seen feeding on the rainforest floor on the Cedar Block track. Many bushwalks start at Blackbean picnic area; Esk–Hampton Rd; (07) 4699 4333; 25 km SE.

Beutel's Lookout: picnic area with scenic views across the Brisbane Valley; adjacent to Ravensbourne National Park; 25 km SE.

Goombungee: historic town with museum. Famous for running rural ironman and ironwoman competitions on Australia Day; 32 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 52 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more

Campsites around town

Crows Nest camping area 6 km

The eucalypt forests of Crows Nest provide a beautiful setting for wildlife-watching, hiking and bush camping. You can look for platypus in the creek, spot brush-tailed rock wallabies, or take a walk across the gorge to... Find out more

Lake Cressbrook camping area 14 km

With excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on offer, it’s a watersports wonderland at Lake Cressbrook. For walkers, a 5 km circuit starts at the camping ground and loops around the lake... Find out more

Emu Creek camping area 33 km

Great for families, with enough space for up to 200 campers, you need to bring firewood and drinking water to this camping area (or treat or boil the water available before drinking). The gravel road can be steep, narrow... Find out more

Clancys camping area 35 km

Beside Emu Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River) and adjacent to the Bicentennial National Trail, this campground has sizeable, open grassy areas suitable for large groups. The site is accessible by conventional... Find out more

Swinging Bridge Park camping area 38 km

This site has no showers or toilets, but public toilets are available nearby and the Cooyar Hotel is happy for you to use their facilities; they charge a small fee for showers. If you are using one of the powered sites,... Find out more

First Settlers Park camping area 42 km

Available for a single-night stopover, this free site has surprisingly good facilities. There’s a powered site suitable for caravans and camper trailers, showers (bring $2 coins for hot water) and a public phone at... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park 43 km

Anglers will like this freshwater sport-fishing hotspot, and holiday-makers will enjoy the kitchen, kiosk, cabins and other park facilities. An officially sanctioned local group has plans to stock the water with... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Holiday Park 43 km

Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy access to the shoreline of Atkinson Dam at this site, 8 km south-west of Coominya. There’s a general store for supplies, fuel and gas bottle refills, plus laundry facilities. Look... Find out more

Captain Logan Camp 50 km

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for south-east Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). With 57... Find out more

Somerset Park camping area 50 km

Waterskiing enthusiasts and keen anglers enjoy staying at this basic site, 25 km north-east of Esk and 26 km south of Kilcoy. The camping ground is on the western shore of the lake, reached via the Esk–Kilcoy Rd.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Crows Nest Caravan Park 1 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more

Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 38 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 38 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more

Yarraman Caravan Park 48 km

Perched high on a hill about 1 km north of Yarraman, the park has a great outlook over the surrounding areas. This is an easy park to access. It has a large number of sites and is popular with caravan clubs who can use... Find out more

Homestead Caravan Park and Cabins 64 km

This is a quiet park off the highway where every site has its own ensuite. It is a great place for a stopover on the journey north or it is a good base to explore the Bunya Mountains. The ensuite sites are good value.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bunnyconnellen Olive 
Grove and Vineyard

Stay in The Studio, a renovated old farm building with small kitchen, ensuite, pot-bellied stove, music system (no TV) and two porch areas, one with a barbecue. The setting’s the thing here as you wander through... Find out more

What's on around town

Village Markets: arts, crafts and local produce; 1st Sun each month.

Crows Nest Day: children's worm races, crow calling competitions and battle of the band concert; Oct.

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