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Hampton, Plainby, Upper Pinelands, Djuan, Crows Nest, Hampton.
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Return travel time – approx 2 hours.

Total Distance – 95 km.

This drive was driven and assessed in September 2015 in a Mitsubishi Pajero.

This trail is on public roads, mostly gravel or formed earth, some are in poor condition.
Beware of stock on unfenced roads.
GPS directions may be unreliable. 
Mobile phones may be out of range.

This drive is suitable for inexperienced drivers.

Zero your trip meter at the Hampton Visitor Information Centre. 

0 Leave the car park and turn left (south) on to New England Highway towards Toowoomba. 

You are 715 m above sea level. The New England Highway forms the Main Divide watershed. Water from the west of the highway flows eventually into the Murray-Darling and from the east into the Brisbane River catchment.

1.3 Keys Rd on your right

 2.9 “Cathedral Drive” created by a fine stand of original Blackbutt, Blue Gums and Tallowwood. 

5.1 Turn right into Merritts Creek Rd (unsealed.) 

For the next couple of kilometres are extensive views west over the Darling Downs. The nearest mountain of any size to the west is Uluru, 2,100 km away. 

7.1 Straight ahead at crossroads.

On either side are former dairy farms, now rural lifestyle blocks.  

8.4Continue ahead (Hampton Rd on right). 

12.2 Former Presbyterian Church, now a house.

13.1 Veer left. Millard Rd on right goes to Highway

14.1 Clearing on right.

The next 500m has vine scrub on both sides - usually full of bush birds.

14.6 Site S1 of the old South Bird Trail  

15.2 Turn left at bitumen on to Pechey-Maclagan Rd. 

23.8 Turn right on to Plainby-Groomsville Rd.

25.0 Dry weather road only sign (believe it!)

Road takes a sharp turn left in front of cattle loading ramp. Single lane. Black soil under gravel. Drive slowly. Remnant vine scrub.

25.6 Extensive views south to Highfields and hills west of Toowoomba. 

29.0 Turn left at bitumen on to Plainby Rd. 

30.9 Pukallus Rd on the left

31.2 Turn right into Swain Rd (gravel).

34.2 Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard.

Note extensive olive grove. Open for special events.

34.6 Turn left at bitumen on to Haden-Crows Nest Rd. 

38.9 Turn right into Bergen Rd (bitumen).

To the left is the proposed site for Australia’s biggest wind farm. 

42.7 Gravel road

43.9 Olive orchard on left

46.4 Joins bitumen Djuan Rd, go straight ahead. (Haden to the left) 

47.8Djuan and District RSL Anzac Memorial.

Picnic table, wood barbecue, toilet, New bridge over Gowrie Creek opened in 2013 to replace the bridge washed away in Jan 2011.

48.2Cross bridge and turn left on to Moran Rd. 

Pretty country lane follows Emu Creek for several kilometres. Beautiful stand of silver-leafed Ironbarks, a good bird-watching site. 

49.0 Gowrie Flat Uniting Church. Keep straight on.

54.3 The road joins New England Highway. Turn left. 

Note the Emu Creek Catchment Landcare building opposite.
Alternative:
You can turn right and return to Crows Nest and Hampton via the New England Highway. 

54.7Over Emu Creek and turn right into Emu Creek Rd (gravel).

56.2 Straight ahead (Old Emu Creek Rd/ rubbish tip on right). 

58.3Straight on (Mill Rd on right) 

59.4 Turn left in to Rocky Gully Road (unsigned).

59.6 Emu Creek Hall

Accessible covered area, toilets.

59.7 Return to Emu Creek Rd and cross it on to Emu Creek Hall Rd (unsigned).

60.7 Cross Emu Creek.

60.9 Veer left to stay on Emu Creek Hall Road (Mill Rd joins on your right).

62.6 Turn right in to Pierces Creek Rd.

Return to Crows Nest (20 km) and Hampton (a further 11 km.) 

65.8 N8 Bird Trail Site. Parking area on right.

Permanent waterhole in Pierce Creek.

73.6 Pass Middle Rd on your left.

77.9 Pass Anduramba Rd on your left.

78.8Turn left in to Rocky Clearing Dip.

Rocky Creek Nature Reserve behind the yards. (Site N9 Bird Trail). Dip is used for cattle moving out of the tick-declared area. Yards also used for fortnightly cattle sales..

79.2 Back to Pierces Creek Rd, turn left toward Crows Nest

82.9 Crows Nest (another 12 km to Hampton).

Explore the town. Food and drink venues, arts and crafts, historic sites, museum, Applegum Walk.

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