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Crows Nest Lifestyle

In a small country community

 High Country Living

Crows Nest offers an idyllic, safe and affordable country  lifestyle, well suited to young families, retirees and first  home buyers. Offering many amenities, a rich history, a  vibrant art scene and boutique businesses, the town’s  community spirit is thriving. Its picturesque location,  relaxed rural atmosphere, and natural attractions all  make Crows Nest a very desirable place to live.  

aust trans 132Crows Nest is located 44 km north-east of Toowoomba  on the New England Highway. It is an easy commute to  Toowoomba to access all the services of a major centre.  Although located in the region defined as the Darling  Downs, Crows Nest is situated 543 metres above sea  level, atop the Great Dividing Range and as a result is  set amongst rolling hills. Close by are four National  Parks and three lakes. The vegetation ranges from open  woodlands to forests including some rainforest areas.  The district is known for its beautiful tall eucalypts with  diverse wildlife including birdlife and rock wallabies.  Crows Nest Qld Map

Crows Nest had a population of 1,596. Statistics from the 2011 Census - the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Populations in the larger Localities
Cabarlah 960
Geham 441
Haden 348
Hampton 345
Ravensbourne 367

Crows Nest services an estimated regional  population of 3376 (2015), offering a mix of localised  services, businesses and industry. There is a selection  of retail shops, restaurants, and cafes. It has a butcher, bakery, supermarket, two banks, a produce store, newsagent, library and art gallery as well as arts and crafts outlets in and around the town. The highway passing through town offers great opportunities for passing trade.

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Community Bank



  • Family friendly.
  • Crows Nest National Park – spectacular creek scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest. There are walking trails, picnic facilities, camping and caravanning facilities.
  • Lake Cressbrook – camping, fishing, sailing, kayaking, walking, bird-watching.
  • Sporting activities – in particular bowls, swimming, rugby league, golf, soccer, tennis, pony clubs, martial arts, squash and pistol clubs.
  • Sporting facilities – indoor sports centre, heated swimming pool, squash court, tennis courts, 11 hole golf course, bowling greens and pistol range.
  • Parks – there are a number of appealing parks in the area.
  • The region has four distinct seasons and spring is a particularly lovely time of year with the parks and gardens erupting in a riot of colour.
  • Council Customer Service Centre, Public Library and Art Gallery.
  • Many community organisations, clubs and churches.

More information on Crows Nest lifestyle, events and facilities can be found elsewhere inn this website.


Crows Nest offers a kindergarten, childcare centre and a quality state education program from Prep to Year 10.

Highfields is located a short 20 minute bus ride away where the Secondary College will take Year 12 students by 2019. Highfields has a state primary school and the Mary MacKillop Catholic College offers an educational program for Prep to Year 12 students.

Two higher education institutions, the University of Southern Queensland and TAFE Queensland South West are located in Toowoomba, approximately 45 minutes’ drive.


The Pumphole, Applegum Walk



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The township is located on the New England Highway which is one of the main routes to North Queensland and is one of the towns on ‘Australia’s Country Way’, the classic road trip from Sydney to Rockhampton.

  • 45 minute drive to the Toowoomba CBD
  • 50 minutes’ drive to the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport
  • 2 hour drive to Brisbane CBD
  • 2 hour drive to Brisbane Airport
  • 2.5 hour drive to the Sunshine Coast
  • Just under 3 hour drive to the Gold Coast
  • Ease of access to northern and southern Australia via the New England Highway
  • NBN is planned to be rolled out in Crows Nest in early 2018

Health Care 

There is a medical centre located near the centre of town with 2 full-time and 3 part-time doctors, part-time physiotherapist. Pathology collection centre.

A psychologist visits weekly; podiatrist, optometrist and audiologist twice a month; and dietitian 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.


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