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 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.
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
NPRSR 13 7468
Hampton (07) 4697 9066
Toowoomba (07) 4639 3797