Crows Nest Profile
Crows Nest is located 44 km north-east of Toowoomba on the New England Highway. It is an easy commute to Toowoomba for pleasure or business.
Although located in the region defined as the Darling Downs, Crows Nest is hilly country on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range (in the upper Brisbane River catchment). The town of Crows Nest is 543 metres above sea level.
Crows Nest is a vibrant town that prides itself on being friendly and welcoming. It is safe and secure for residents and visitors.
Crows Nest has a population of 1,596 (2011 Census). It offers a mix of localised services, businesses and industry. There is a selection of shops and cafes; a butcher, baker, supermarket, two banks (one a community branch jointly managed by a local committee), produce stores, newsagent, library and art gallery as well as arts and crafts in and around the town.
Many retirees find the area ideal for its climate, natural beauty and the lack of intrusive development - while still close to major services.
It is a great place to bring up young children in a safe and rich environment.
These industries make a significant contribution to the community and the region:
- Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry
Crows News: Beef (grazing and feedlotting), dairy, plantation forestry.
Hampton: Blueberries and avocados, Beef (grazing and feedlotting), vegetables, flower production, dairy, plantation forestry.
Cabarlah: Fruit and vegetables.
- Small Manufacturing: Engineering, small animal abattoir.
- Small Business.
- Creative Industry.
- Tourism: natural attractions, Lake Cressbrook, National Parks, soft 4wd trails, bird trails, historical village.
Local businesses are listed in the Crows Nest District website.
Undeveloped highway frontage industrial land can be purchased for around $35 per m² (June 2015).
Crows Nest has a diverse workforce which includes a mix of sales workers, managers, professionals, machinery operators and drivers, clerical and administrative workers, technicians and trade workers, community and personal service workers, labourers. Some FIFO workers are based here.
- 45 minute drive to the Toowoomba CBD, with 4 buses a day during the week.
- 50 minutes to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.
- 2 hours to Brisbane.
- 2 hours to Brisbane Airport.
- 2.5 hours to the Sunshine Coast
- Just under 3 hours to the Gold Coast
Crows Nest township is located on the New England Highway. The Highway is one of the main routes to North Queensland, and forms part of Australia's Country Way from Sydney to Rockhampton.
Crows Nest is close enough to Toowoomba to service any personal and business needs but far enough away to retain that country lifestyle feel.
The area is well suited for small to mid-size retail, professional services, over 50s lifestyle living and small manufacturing facilities.
Adventure tourism – the area's location within the dividing range naturally lends itself to the opportunity to develop nature based activities for local residents as well as visitors. Also the connectivity with the New England Highway provides an opportunity to cater to drive and motorcycle tourism.
Council has announced that business infrastructure charges in Crows Nest may be eligible for a 75% discount. Residential developments may be eligible for a 35% discount.
Lifestyle - living and working in a Rural Township
- Family friendly.
- Crows Nest National Park – spectacular creek scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest. There are walking trails, picnic facilities, camp and caravan sites.
- Lake Cressbrook - camping, fishing, sailing, kayaking, walking, birding.
- Horse and bike trails.
- Sporting activities – bowls, golf, swimming, fishing, rugby league, tennis, pony club, martial arts, squash, pistol clubs.
- Parks – Centenary Park, Hartmann Park, Bullockys Rest, Skate Park.
- The region has 4 distinct seasons and in particular in spring the parks and gardens erupt in a riot of colour.
- Many community organisations and clubs and volunteering opportunities.
- There is an active Tourist and Progress Association.
- Community Events such as Crows Nest Week, Christmas in the Park, Meet and Greet.
The median house price is approximately $250,000 (June 2015). Many house have a large block, with generous backyards.
There is a Kindergarten and a Childrens Cente in Crows Nest; and one State School that goes through to Year 10.
There are a number state and private secondary schools in the Toowoomba urban areas, including seven boarding schools. The nearest three are 25 minutes away at Highfields. Toowoomba has the first Flexi School designed to increase the number of educationally 'at risk' students completing the Senior Phase of Learning with a clear and sustained transition pathway.
Also located (approximately 45 minutes away) are two higher education institutions: the University of Southern Queensland and TAFE Queensland South West.
There is a medical centre located near the centre of town with 2 full-time and 3 part-time doctors, part-time physiotherapist. A psychologist visits weekly; podiatrist, optometrist and audiologist twice a month; and dietician monthly.
Ambulance centre has a staff of two officers based in town.
Blue care provide nursing and community care .
Aged Care services include retirement units, hostel, nursing home and dementia care.
Meals on Wheels operate three days a week.
Support groups for cancer, carers, diabetes, chronic fatigue.
In nearby Toowoomba there are three large hospitals: St Andrew’s and St Vincent’s (both private) and the Toowoomba Hospital (public). There is a wide range of specialists and equipment available.
Other Services and Facilities
Optus and Telstra have mobile phone towers, but reception is patchy in hilly areas.
ADSL2 broadband is available; and fixed wireless NBN in some areas outside the town. There is a Wi-Fi hotspot in Centenary Park, the Crows Nest Library and at the Hampton Visitor Information Centre.
Volunteer town and rural fire services.
Indoor Sports Centre, heated Swimming Pool, Squash Court, Tennis Courts, 11 hole Golf Course, Bowling Greens, Pistol Range.
Regional Council Service Centre and Public Library.
Annual Agricultural Show.
Tourist and Progress Association, Business Association.
Crows Nest is situated on top of the Great Dividing Range, set among rolling hills. It has four National Parks and three Lakes. The Lakes are formed by dams which are the main water supply for Toowoomba City and the Crows Nest District.
The vegetation ranges from open woodlands to closed forests and a couple of areas of rainforest. The District is known for its beautiful tall Eucalypts - it is a land of tall timbers.
The wildlife is rich and varied. The District has a rich bird life with birdwatchers arriving regularly from near and far. We have in the Perseverance Dam area a colony of the shy endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby. Rock Wallabies can often be seen in the Crows Nest National Park.
The area is known for its cold winters and mild summers. The average temperature ranges for winter are from 5 °C to 17 °C and for summer from 16 °C to 27 °C. Hot summer nights are not often experienced. Ensure that you bring plenty of warm clothes when visiting the Crows Nest area in winter. Annual rain fall 940 mm.
Economic Development Branch Toowoomba Regional Council
Crows Nest and District Tourist and Progress Association
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise
Hampton Information Centre
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