Crows Nest Queensland, The Village in High Country

Ravensbourne Nature Refuge - a forested corridor


Significant natural resources and values

This 300 hectare area was declared as a Nature Refuge in 1997 because it supports

  • a significant area of blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis); and
  • examples of most of the eucalypts occurring in the Moreton Basin, including the broadleaved spotted gum (Corymbia henryi) and Queensland white stringy-bark (Eucalyptus tindaliae) that are endemic to the Moreton Basin; and 
  •  a forested corridor connecting Ravensbourne National Park and Deongwar State Forest.

Management intent and use

The nature refuge will be managed, under the conservation agreement between the land-holder and the Minister

  • to prevent any commercial activity in the nature refuge; and 
  • in accordance with the management principles of a national park.


Ravensbourne Nature RefugeLocation

Esk-Hampton Rd, on the east side of the Somerset Region boundary:
-27.33472, 152.20111Map

Access is from Esk-Hampton Rd at Somerset Region boundary. Turn south (opposite Somerset Region sign) up a dirt track. Go through the fence at the locked gate and walk down the fire trail.

Habitat: Tall open eucalypt forest on basalt soil. Blackbutt, Stringybark, Tallowwood with Sheoaks, Wattles; grading downhill into low open woodland with heath understorey (Banksias, Grass Trees), on sandy soil. Drainage lines have Bangalow Palms and other rainforest species.


Ravensbourne Nature Refuge is Site E4 on the East Bird Trail of the Crows Nest District.

Birds that have been seen on this location include Wonga Pigeon, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Variegated Fairywren, White-browed Scrubwren, Red-browed Finch and Silvereye.


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