Crows Nest is an uncommon Australian rural town, serving the district with its produce of beef and dairy cattle. The town, being named after a local Aborigine, is supposedly the only town to be named after an Aboriginal. The town’s distinctiveness is an amalgamation of its celebration of Jimmy Crow, the Aboriginal who resided in a hollow tree which was reportedly called ‘Crows Nest’ and its unusual green village, which lies at the town center. Crows Nest was a declared a town in 1876, in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia and is located 158 kilometers (98 miles) from the capital city of Brisbane, and is within the jurisdiction of the Toowoomba Region Local Government Area.
1. Crows Nest National Park
Watch in awe and amazement, the wonders of nature, as water plunges over steep granite cliffs at Crows Nest Falls lookout. Linger onto the adventure for four and a half kilometers (2.7 mi) to Koonin Lookout with a gleaming birds-eye-view over the Valley of Diamonds and locate brush-tailed rock-wallabies, rosellas, and fantails. Explore and check out the remarkable scenery, granite ridges, a scenic waterfall and eucalyptus forest remains on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. Snuggled amidst bloodwood, eucalyptus forest, and stringy bark trees, located 56 kilometers (34.7 mi) north of Toowoomba, the Crows Nest National Park is a welcome sight. This small national park provides everything you want. It is relatively quiet, with cooling waterholes, picturesque bushwalks and remarkable lookouts. Camping is accessible for a minor fee and there is a profusion of places to picnic.
Crows Nest National Park
Website: Crows Nest National Park
2. Crows Nest Falls
After a good rain, the water tumbles through the eucalyptus forest along a sequence of rock speckled cascades, before dropping 20 meters (65 feet) over the Crows Nest Falls into a waterhole encircled by steep, granite cliffs. Prolong the original 2.1-kilometer (1.3 mi) course by exploring up the Kauyoo Loop, The Cascades, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool, where one can take a leisurely dip on a hot summer’s day. All the walking trails are easy, except for some steps down to certain locations. Stunning views of the granite and water interactions leave you mesmerized. Waterfalls, exceptional granite formations and water flows makes this a great place to stopover. This trip requires only a part of your day and can rejuvenate you in a short span of time.
Crows Nest Falls
Website: Crows Nest Falls
3. Lake Cressbrook
Lake Cressbrook is one of the main water supplying facilities for the surroundings, under the Toowoomba Regional Council. This dam is a wonderful piece of engineering. A plaque is located on a rock near the dam, which was very moving for us to see. A flock of birds come down each afternoon for their feed. One can also spot kangaroos grazing nonchalantly on the grassy areas. The banks of the lake are attractive and peaceful spots, with clean picnic areas demarcated. Although the camping sites are not precisely bush camping, they are nevertheless striking and the kangaroos come right up to your tent. At Lake Cressbrook, one can find great spots for fishing and camping with the kids as there is easy access to the water and hot showers to keep others in the family happy. One can use the fire pits available on the camping site, but the fire wood is the camper’s responsibility. Visitors need to note and understand that swimming in the lake is strictly forbidden.
Website: Lake Cressbrook
4. Crow's Nest Folk Museum and Village
The Crows Nest Folk Museum and Village is a pleasure to experience. The museum is fashioned in a charming way like a tiny town, and is filled with information and creates an instant appreciation for the museum and their involvement. Well-planned and properly spaced exhibits for ease of movement, along with information plaques, makes understanding the history of this place much easier. Every structure has been affectionately reinstated by volunteers who have imparted great consideration and devotion to every aspect, all the while ensuring the historical integrity wherever conceivable. It presently comprises more than twenty edifices. The village contains such jewels as the original Ray White Auctioneer building, an imitation of an old one teacher school, an extensive machinery shed, a slab hut, a blacksmith’s workshop, the Highfields Baptist Church and the noteworthy Carbethon Homestead, which was constructed in the 1880s.
The highlight of the museum is “Carbethon”. This splendid home built in the late 1880s was moved to Crows Nest in 1978 and was unveiled at the folk museum in September 1978. This could effortlessly be one of the best historical villages you could visit with your family, where you can discover and understand Aussie history. Make sure you have abundant time on hand for strolling around the museum.
Crow's Nest Folk Museum and Village
Website: Crow’s Nest Folk Museum and Village
5. Holland Wines
Plan a lovely wine tasting course at Holland Wines in Crows Nest. Experience a unique cellar door and wine tasting experience, and see the collection of Arnott’s tins and a variety of gift items along the walls. The owners are hands on and will graciously take you through the vineyards, gardens, and cellar door and wine tasting tour. The owner, Bob, explains about the grapes and shows you his beautiful property. With prior notice he can arrange morning teas or coffee to be waiting outside in the garden, with sandwiches, fruit cake, ginger slice and scones prepared by his wife Robyn. Recommended is the Shiraz, which is delightful and easy to drink with a soft flavor. Other wines available are the Chardonnay, that is sharp and fresh, Rose, which is a lovely red color containing low alcohol and easy to drink during summer, Sweet White, which is a dessert wine to be served cold, Moscato, a low alcohol wine with a lingering flavor and Port, which is “fortified by Bob” for a lingering flavor after swallowing. It is recommended to call before reaching Holland Wines, to avoid missing out on this great experience!
Website: Holland Wines
A wondrous, mesmerizing beauty that is Crows Nest
With lush greenery and the wonders all around you, it is difficult not to fall in love with this location called Crows Nest. Picnic with the kangaroos at Lake Cressbrook and bring home with you staggering moments in the form of pictures and videos, that you can relive with your loved ones over and over again.
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