Crows Nest Queensland, The Village in High Country

Applegum and Hartmann Park Walks  - 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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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.

Applegum bridge
Bridge over Crows Nest Creek



applegum hartmann walkApplegum Walk

Grade 3     2,000 meters one way     40 minutes

Numbers in brackets ( ) show locations on the map.

Applegum Walk (1) connects Bullockys Rest to Hartmann Park.The track from Bullockies Rest Park, Crows Nest Qld Map 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 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.

Pump Hole 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.

gazebo 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.


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 and  picnic tables.

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

Hartmann Park Circuit

Grade 3     600 meters return      20 minutes

The trailhead starts at the Hartmann Park picnic area and from there the circuit crosses Bald Hills Creek and rises up the hill, via concrete steps. It then passes over a shelf of sandstone rock to reveal some remarkable landscape and geological features. A collection of eucalyptus species make up the forest canopy while the plant undergrowth provides a rich display of wildflowers in spring.


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