From Toowoomba, take the New England Highway 50 km to Crows Nest. At Crows Nest, turn off the Highway at the Police Station in Albert Street. Follow the signs along a 6 km bitumen road to the park. Take care at creek crossings during rainy periods.
The area beside Crows Nest Creek has picnic tables, gas barbecues and toilets.
Unpowered tent and caravan sites, toilets, fireplaces and boil-your-own-water bush showers. Firewood is not provided so bring your own clean, milled wood, or use a gas or fuel stove. Never collect wood from the national park. Bring your own drinking water.
Book online using the Queensland National Parks Booking Service. A booking is confirmed only when the appropriate fee is paid. Bookings can also be made by ringing 13 QGOV (137 468). Fee is $6.15 per person per night (Jul 2016).
1. Crows Nest Falls lookout
2.1 km return. Allow 45 mins. At Crows Nest Falls, water tumbles over 20 m high granite cliffs. For your safety, stay behind the lookout barriers. Deaths have occurred here, and the risk of rock falls makes the area unsafe.
2. Crows Nest Falls via Kauyoo loop
Includes The Cascades, Kauyoo Pool, and Bottlebrush Pool. 2.7 km return. Allow 1 hour. At Kauyoo Pool, access is easy into shallow water. Steep crevices and slippery rocks lead to The Cascades. Watch your step, especially if the creek is flowing.
Bottlebrush Pool is the ideal place to enjoy a swim and relax. For your safety, never dive or jump into the water – it may be shallower than it looks or hide submerged obstructions
3. Koonin lookout
4.5 km return. Allow 1 hr 30 mins.
Koonin lookout gives a bird’s-eye view over the Valley of Diamonds and onto distant rolling hills.
Look along the way for intricate lichen patterns on rocks, striders on the water and ant trails in trees. The gorge is called the Valley of the Diamonds because the sun glints on the crystals in the granite.
The Crows Nest Falls section supports many species of eucalypts. Queensland Blue Gum Eucalyptus tereticornis, often a called Forest Red Gum, can be seen on the slopes between the picnic area and the Cascades. Smooth-barked, Rough-barked or Broad-leafed Apples Angophora spp. can often be found nearby. Creek banks support lusher vegetation of Weeping Bottlebrush Calliston viminalis, River She-oak Casuarina cunninghamiana and Swamp Mahogany Lophoston suaveolens. Wildflowers flourish and provide colourful displays in spring and summer.
Rare plants that occur: Kunzea flavescens, Correa reflexa, Leionema obtusifolia.
Open eucalypt forests support many species of native animals. At night, you could be lucky enough to see a Sugar Glider, Feathertail Glider or Greater Glider soaring between trees, or hear the antics of a Brushtail Possum. You might also see the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby grazing on steeper cliffs, or the dark-brown Swamp Wallaby closer to the creek.
Various birds feed on the nectar and blossoms of shrubs and trees. Look for the Pale-headed Rosella, Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey Shrike-thrush, Blue-faced Honeyeater and Noisy Miner.
Information from Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.