Crows Nest National Park

Crows Nest National Park, Peter Lik / Courtesy of Tourism Queensland
Barbecue Caravan Drinking water Shower Toilets Camping area Lookout Picnic area Ranger Walking


Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its 20-metre drop into a granite rock pool. Downstream is the Valley of Diamonds, a deep gorge surrounded by cliffs up to 120 metres high through which the Crows Nest Creek flows. These natural attractions are set in a landscape of dry eucalypt forest, in which stringybarks, bloodwoods and ironbarks flourish. On the edges of the waterways are weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and forest red gum. In spring and early summer, wildflowers add brilliant colour to the scenery. Various birds feed on the nectar and blossoms of the shrubs and trees, including the pale-headed rosella, rose robin, eastern yellow robin, golden whistler, grey shrike-thrush, and several species of honeyeaters. The park’s rocky cliffs and outcrops provide a delightful habitat for brush-tailed rock-wallabies and lizards, while platypuses live in the creek. At night, a quiet search with torch in hand might reveal brushtail possums, koalas, and sugar, feathertail and greater gliders.

The Crows Nest Falls section of the park has walking tracks leading to the falls and the Valley of Diamonds lookout: Kauyoo Loop Track (2.7 km return, 1 hour); Crows Nest Falls Lookout (2.1 km return, 45 minutes); and Koonin Track (4.5 km return, 1½ hours). The small campground offers tent and caravan sites (no power), bush showers and toilets. Campers must bring their own drinking water and, although fireplaces are provided, it is best to bring a gas or fuel stove. Advance bookings are recommended for school holidays and long weekends.

Fact file


One campsite; permit and fees apply

Location and access

56 km north-east of Toowoomba; 6 km east of Crows Nest via New England Hwy

Park information

NPRSR 13 7468


1800 ha

Visitor information

Hampton (07) 4697 9066

Toowoomba (07) 4639 3797


Crows Nest camping area

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

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