Welcome to the High Country & Crows Nest, where nature’s beauty unfolds at every turn. Join us on a journey through Crows Nest and its surrounding areas, where forests, lakes, and breathtaking views await your exploration.
From the well-marked trails and waterfalls of Crows Nest National Park to the serene shores of Lake Cressbrook and the thrilling mountain bike trails there’s an adventure for everyone. Discover the rich history of Bullocky’s Rest Park and the untouched beauty of Applegum Walk and Hartmann Park Circuit.
Whether you’re a birdwatcher, a stargazer, or simply seeking tranquillity in nature, Crows Nest invites you to uncover its natural wonders and embark on an unforgettable journey into the great outdoors.
Crows Nest National Park (Approx. 6 km from CBD): This park is a nature lover’s paradise, offering well-marked trails suitable for all levels of hikers. Explore Crows Nest Creek, the falls, and the Valley of Diamonds, walking tracks that start at the picnic ground. With lookouts and stunning views, it’s a photographer’s dream. The park is also home to a variety of native wildlife, making it perfect for birdwatching.
Lake Cressbrook (Approx. 15 km from CBD): This pristine lake spans 1,200 acres and is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy fishing or launch your kayak or boat for a relaxing day on the water. Picnic areas with BBQ facilities are available. If you’re into mountain biking, be sure to ask us about the nearby mountain bike trails at Mountain Bike Mecca.
Perseverance Dam (Approx. 10 km from CBD): Beyond water activities, Perseverance Dam has a 9 km walking trail, offering picturesque views of the dam and surrounding hills. It’s an excellent spot for both birdwatching and wildflower enthusiasts during spring.
Hiking Trails and Mountain Bike Trails: Various hiking trails of different lengths and difficulty levels are scattered around Crows Nest and its surroundings. Some are just a short drive away, offering options for all types of hikers and mountain bikers.
Bird Watching: Crows Nest and its nearby parks are birdwatching hotspots. You can spot a variety of species, from honeyeaters to kookaburras, depending on the location and season.
Stargazing: Crows Nest offers fantastic opportunities for stargazing. Lay out a blanket and enjoy a celestial show.
Picnic Spots: Many of these natural attractions have designated picnic spots with facilities such as BBQs and tables, making it convenient for a relaxed outdoor meal.
Bullocky’s Rest Park: This park has a rich history, originally used as a camp for bullock teams hauling timber. It features picnic facilities beside Crow’s Nest Creek and a replica bullock team, making it a great photo opportunity.
Applegum Walk and Hartmann Park Circuit: Located in largely undisturbed bushland, this circuit connects points of local interest, including Bullocky’s Rest Park, the Waterbird Habitat, and Hartmann Park. It showcases geological, vegetative, and historical features within the town area.
Waterbird Habitat: Developed in 1994, this habitat features two low weirs and associated revegetation. It’s a peaceful spot for observing waterbirds and enjoying the natural surroundings.
Exploring these natural attractions, along with mountain bike trails and the historical significance of some of these sites, offers a comprehensive outdoor experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the region’s diverse natural beauty and cultural history.