Drop down from the Hoop Pine plantations on the crest to the catchment of the Brisbane River below. The damage to the range road from the 2011 floods is fully repaired.
Link to map of route.
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Fuel up at Crows Nest Fuel Supplies. Head north on the New England Hwy (A3) towards Cooyar
At Cooyar veer left over Cooyar Creek.
250 metres up the hill turn right onto Palms Rd.
After 3½ km take the right fork onto Cooyar Kooralgin Rd.
The left fork goes to The Palms National Park. This small park protects a remnant of palm-filled subtropical rainforest and vine forest in a spring-fed gully in the headwaters of the Brisbane River. Three species of fruit bats roost above the track.
Continue on Yarraman Kooralgin Rd to New England Hwy.
Turn right to Yarraman.
Continue past Errol Munt Sports Reserve to the T junction with the D'Aguilar Hwy (17).
The Sports Reserve has picnic facilities including a playground with shade, BBQ, picnic facilities and toilets.
Turn right to join the D'Aguilar Hwy (A17) and continue to Blackbutt.
Cross Hart St to the Les Muller Park on the left.
Park has picnic area, toilets. Information centre. A couple of doors along is the Blackbutt Woodfired Bakery, reputedly “a pie connoisseur's paradise”.
Continue on the D'Aguilar Hwy through the Benarkin State Forest to the descent of the Blackbutt Range.
The highway has been recently reconstructed. In the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in Queensland history, the D’Aguilar Highway was closed in January 2011 as a result of major landslip damage along a 2.5 km stretch of the road. The work took until June 2013.
You are now in the Brisbane River Valley. The River itself is about a kilometre to the east.
Food available from Pol's at Moore and Kai Lounge.
Continue on the D'Aguilar Hwy past the Colinton Roadhouse to the T junction with the Brisbane Valley Hwy.
Turn right and travel south to Toogoolawah. Pass the entrance to the Toogoolawah Drop Zone of the Skydive Ramblers.
Picnic area, BBQ and toilets in Cressbrook St
Continue south to Esk.
(The Esk Visitor Information Centre is a bit further south opposite Lions Park.)
Turn right at the T junction onto the Esk Hampton Rd
The Esk Sport and Recreation Reserve has toilets.
Continue west up the range toward Hampton.
After you have climbed the Range through the Deongwar State Forest, turn right onto Philp Rd and follow the signs to Lake Cressbrook and Lake Perseverance.
Pass the turnoff to Lake Cressbrook.
Lake Cressbrook is the major water storage for Toowoomba. Water is pumped from here to Lake Perseverance. It is a popular fishing spot, and has picnic areas and a campground.
You may see Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies on the rocks at the base of the dam wall.
Water is pumped up to the crest of the range at Grapetree. From here it runs downhill to Toowoomba.
Continue to the crossroads. Turn right to Crows Nest.
Accommodation available at Caravan Park, Motel, Pub and nearby B & Bs.