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East Bird Trail

A loop east of Crows Nest

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This trail starts in Crows Nest, goes to the Crows Nest Falls, and then does a loop around via Lakes Perseverance and Cressbrook, returning to Crows Nest along the New England Highway.  

Total distance: 85km. Best sites: E1, E4, E5, E6.

E0 Bullockys Rest Picnic Area and Applegum Walk.

Access: Next to the Police Station in Crow Nest. Follow Applegum Walk 1.7 km to Hartmann’ Park  - return via Dale St North.
Bullockys Rest [27° 15' 52.9"S, 152° 03’ 27.8"E]
Applegum Walk [27° 15' 42.0"S, 152° 03’ 51.3"E]
Habitat: Recently  revegetated as part of the  Natural Resource Management Project.
Birds of interest: Pacific Black Duck, Buff-banded Rail, Azure Kingfisher, Eastern Spinebill.

E1 Crows Nest National Park

Picnic area, campground. Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies (often seen at the Cascades and the Falls).
Access: Turn east at the police station at the signs. 6 km along bitumen road to park turnoff.
Track to Falls [27° 15' 15"S, 152° 06' 34.2"E]
Campground  [27° 15' 23.4"S, 152° 06' 29"E]
Habitat: Tall open forest, with Qld Blue Gum, Smooth-barked and Rough-barked Apples. Weeping Bottlebrush, River She-oak and Swamp Mahogany along the creek banks.
Birds of interest: Peregrine Falcon (Koonin Lookout), Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Striated Thornbill, White-throated Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater.

E2 Lake Perseverance

Access: Return to Crows Nest. From Albert St, turn left into Dale St, continue ahead along Perseverance Dam Rd. Turn left at the crossroads, travel 6 km to Lake Perseverance. Cross Dam wall, turn right into Western Spillway car park.
[27° 17' 16.7"S, 152° 07' 9.4"E]


Habitat: Large open deep water dam surrounded by open grassy eucalypt woodland. Understorey of predominantly lantana and mix of native and exotic grasses.
Birds of interest: Black Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Grey Butcherbird, Torresian Crow.

E3 Lake Cressbrook

Picnic area and boat ramp. Camp ground, walking track (5 km loop).  Fishing (permit required). 
Access:Continue east to Lake Cressbrook turnoff. Ahead to Boat Ramp or left to camp ground.
Boat Ramp [27° 15' 43.0"S, 152° 11' 33.5"E]
Camp Ground [27° 15' 38.2"S, 152° 11' 16.4"E]
Habitat: Large area of deep water. Open woodland along shore.
Birds of interest: Australian Pelican, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Red-backed Fairywren, White-throated Honeyeater.

E4 Ravensbourne Nature Refuge

Access: From Lake Cressbrook turn left towards Esk. Turn left at the first T-junction, right at the next, then left on to the Esk-Hampton Rd. Travel 1.7 km east to Somerset Region Boundary. Turn right (opposite Somerset Region sign) up a dirt track. Go through the fence at the locked gate and walk down the fire trail.
[27° 20' 05"S, 152° 12' 04"E]
Habitat: Tall open eucalypt forest on basalt soil. Blackbutt, Stringybark, Tallowwood with Sheoaks, Wattles; grading downhill into low open woodland with heath understorey (Banksias, Grass Trees), on sandy soil. Drainage lines have Bangalow palms and other rainforest species.
Birds of interest: Wonga Pigeon, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Variegated Fairywren, White-browed Scrubwren, Red-browed Finch, Silvereye.

E5 Ravensbourne National Park (Cedar Block Walk)

On a clear day you can see the Border Ranges from the Lookout.
Access:Turn left on to highway, travel 5 km to the National Park turnoff. Travel up the hill past the first picnic area to Beutel's Lookout. The walk begins at the archway in the second picnic area.
[27° 22' 20"S, 152° 10' 40"E]
Habitat: Vine forest with emergent Sydney Blue Gum. Rosewood, Red Cedar, Blackbean, and stinging trees. The large Moreton Bay Fig in the picnic area is a popular perching and feeding tree.


Birds of interest: Black-breasted Button-quail, White-headed Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Powerful Owl, Noisy Pitta, Crested Shrike-tit, Paradise Riflebird.
Note: The walk from the first picnic area is also well worth a visit. It passes through rainforest and palm groves on volcanic red soils to eucalypt forest with Sheoaks and wattles on sandy soils further east.

E6 Palmtree (Munro’s Tramway)

Access: Return to the Esk-Hampton Rd and turn left. Continue for 2.5 km, turn sharp left into Shearer Rd. Follow Shearer Rd and National Park Rd to Palmtree Rd. Follow Palmtree Rd. Continue past the 7 mail boxes. After another 1.7 km, Palmtree Rd turns sharp right. There is space to park around the first curve. The tramway is a dirt track 1 km long to the left of yellow Rural Address 486. 
[27° 23' 36"S, 152° 06' 11"E]
Habitat: Grassy mixed Eucalypt woodland with Forest She-oak, and dense Lantana. Views of Highfields to the south and tree canopies below.
Birds of interest: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Whipbird, Varied Sitella, Cicadabird, Silvereye.

E7 Perseverance Reserve

Access:Go back to the 7 mailboxes. Turn left into Perseverance Hall Rd. After 300m, turn left at the Reserve sign and drive to the big tree.
Tree [27° 23' 52.4"S, 152° 07' 03.2"E]
Habitat: 6 hectares of tall open forest beside Perseverance Creek, infested with lantana and other weeds. Being revegetated by Ravensbourne Landcare.
Birds of interest: Black-faced Monarch, Eastern Whipbird, White-throated Treecreeper.


Continue along Perseverance Hall Rd, (the farm dam on the left is usually worth a look – park at the gate).Then left into Esk-Hampton Rd to return via Hampton to Crows Nest..

Revised December 2015

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