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Applegum & Hartmann Park Walks

From Bullockys Rest to Hartmann Park. 

walking-trailThe tracks are suitable for families with young children, but not strollers or wheelchairs. Closed shoes recommended.

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Numbers in brackets show locations on the map above.

Applegum Walk

Applegum Walk (1) connects Bullockys Rest to Hartmann Park.The track from Bullockys Rest 6 Toowoomba Rd, Crows Nest QLDMap) follows Crows Nest Creek downstream, passing the Pump Hole, then up Bald Hills Creek to Hartmann Park, a total distance of 1.5  km.

You may also enter the walk from Chasely Park, at the end of Creek Street. From the car park head to the Gazebo, and then follow the zig-zag down to the main track.

You can return to Bullockys Rest via the town centre, or along Esk or Dale St.

Bullockys Rest (2) – is dominated by large Eucalypts and an Angophera.  This Broad Leaf Apple Angophera subvelutina may be the source of the name of Crows Nest. Bullockys are said to have arranged to meet under the crows nest in the old apple tree. There are two small shelters, a gas barbecue and a toilet block which were built by the local Lions Club. The club also organised the timber wagon and model bullocks.

The bridge (3) across Crows Nest Creek just past the Waterbird Habitat was washed away in the 2011 floods. It has now been replaced.

The Pump Hole (4) – water was pumped from here to supply the Butter Factory in Creek St. The pump stand  and some pipe can still be seen from the lookout. The pump hole can be accessed by a signed walk further along the track. It was a popular swimming hole in the old days.

Cattle graze on private land on the southern side  of Crows Nest Creek (5). Dense infestations of Privet and Camphor Laurel on either side of Bald Hills Creek (6), as well asa Tree Pear and Lantana were removed during 2000 - 2003 opening up views to the creek and attractive rock outcrops. The track ends at the Hartmann Park picnic area.

Alternate tracks. You can also enter the walk from Chasely Park (7), at the end of Creek Street. From the car park head to the Gazebo (8), and then follow the zig-zag down to the main track. You can return to Bullockys Rest via the town centre, or along Esk or Dale St.

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The Pumphole used to be a popular swimming hole
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The Gazebo Chasely Park

Hartmann Park Walk

Hartmann Park (9) can be entered directly from the corner of William St and Dale St Crows Nest Qld Map The picnic area has a toilet, picnic tables and barbecue.

Hartmann Park Walk (10) is a loop in the park north of the creek. It is 600 metres long..

The forest canopy is a unique collection of  Eucalptus species: Eucalyptus montivaga, E. acmenoides, E. resinifora, Corymbia gummifera and Angophora woodsiana.  The understory of heath planrts provides a rich display of wilflowers in spring.  (See list below.)

Hartmann Park also boasts the only known location in Queensland of Baeckea diosmifolia.

Grass Trees. Xanthorrhoea johnsoniihas long straight spears of white blossoms extending from the top of the tree. Flowering is especially profuse in the year following a bush fire.

Sandstone shelf  – the walk passes over a shelf of sandstone rock which offers some magnificent landscape and geological features.

Soil variety – there is an interesting variety of soils, from loose sand, alluvial clays to hard sandstone rock, allowing for a diverse range of native species to flourish.

Human influence has been minimised along the track and on the northern side of the creek, allowing for a largely undisturbed natural ecosystem to thrive along the walk.

Plants
Broad-leaved Apple
Coffee Bush
Conesticks
Cough Bush
Dog bush
Flannel Fower
Granite wattle
Grasstree
Grey Gum
Hairpin Banksia
Hovea
King Banksia
Pimelia
Qld silver wattle
Red Ash
Smooth-barked apple
Tea tree
Trigger plant
Twiggy baeckea
Weeping Bottlebrush
Yellow stringybark

Ferns:
Basket Fern
Maiden Hair Fern
Rasp Fern
Rock Fern
Angophora subvelutina
Breynia oblongfolia
Petrophile canescens
Cassinia laevis
Jacksonia scoparia
Actinotus helianthi
Acacia granitica
Xanthorrhoea johnsonnii
Eucalyptus biturbinata
Banksia spinulosa var. collina
Hovea longifolia var lanceolota
Banksia integrifolia var. compar
Pimilea liifolia
Acacia podalyrafolia
Alphitonia excelsa
Angophora leiocarpa
Leptospernum trinervium
Stylidium larcifolium
Babingtonia virgata
Callistemon viminalis
Eucalyptus acmenoides


Drymaria rigidula
Adiantum aethopicum
Doodea asperata
Cheilanthes tenuifolia
Wildlife
Red-necked Wallaby
Echidna
Water Dragon
Water-rat 
Macropus rufogriseus
Tachyglossus aculeatus
Intellagama lesueurii
Hydromys chrysogaster  
Birds
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Great Cormorant
White-faced Heron
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Buff-banded Rail
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Masked Lapwing
Spotted Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Pheasant Coucal
Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Dollarbird
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Australian King-Parrot
Pale-headed Rosella
Musk Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
White-throated Treecreeper
Variegated Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Eastern Spinebill
Lewin's Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Scarlet Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Speckled Warbler
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
White-throated Gerygone
Grey-crowned Babbler
Eastern Whipbird
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Common Cicadabird
Grey Shrike-Thrush
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Magpie-lark
Leaden Flycatcher
Torresian Crow
Apostlebird
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Silvereye
Common Myna
Mistletoebird
House Sparrow
Red-browed Finch

Listed in Eremaea eBird  (http://ebird.org/content/australia/)

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Background 

Applegum Walk was developed by the former Crows Nest Shire Council in 1992 as a Job Skills project to connect points of local interest – Bullockys Rest, the Waterbird Habitat and Hartmann Park. 

Applegum Walk and Hartmann Park are largely undisturbed bushland exhibiting a range of geological, vegetative and historical features within the town area. They are a mixture of Council reserve and Crown Land. 

Bullockys Rest was originally used  as a camp for bullock teams hauling timber from Cooyar to Toowoomba because of the fresh water supply.

The Waterbird Habitat was developed by Crows Nest Shire Council in 1994 with the construction of two low weirs and associated revegetation. 

A steam pump was located at the Pump Hole to provide water to the Butter Factory in Creek St, which operated from 1905 to 1969. Local mixed farms provided cream to the Butter Factory and the remaining buttermilk piped down to the Three Mile Road and fed to pigs.

Hartmann Park was donated to the Council in the 1970s by Mr Hubert Hartmann.

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