Crows Nest National Park Southern Queensland Country

Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

About Crows Nest

    Park features

    Crows Nest National Park protects spectacular creek scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest in the headwaters of Crows Nest Creek on the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane.

    Few places have such a wonderful variety of eucalypt trees from gums to stringybarks, bloodwoods and ironbarks, delighting the amateur naturalist. The park is a haven for wildlife including platypus, swamp wallabies, echidnas, bandicoots, lace monitors, birds, and the brush-tailed rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata, which is vulnerable to extinction in Queensland.

    Looking after the park

    • All plants, animals and natural and cultural features of the park are protected. Do not remove living or dead plant material (including fallen timber), animals, rocks or other material.
    • For your safety, and to protect wallaby habitat, please stay on the formed tracks.
    • Fallen timber is habitat for many small creatures—do not collect it for use as firewood.
    • The creek and waterholes are home to platypus and many other wonderful creatures—keep soaps, detergents and rubbish out of the creek.
    • Take care with fire. If you light a fire, make sure it is out before you leave it. Use water, not sand or dirt, to extinguish the fire. Summer is a high fire risk time.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information on what you can do to protect our environment and heritage into the future.

    Park management

    In 1967, a national park of 236ha was declared over Crows Nest Falls and the gorges along Crows Nest Creek, to preserve the scenic and recreational value of an area long used by the people of Crows Nest. Crows Nest National Park now extends south along the edge of the Great Dividing Range towards Perseverance Dam and covers an area of 1,800ha.

    The rugged topography of the park, including granite, basalt and sandstone outcrops and permanent waterholes, provides a diversity of habitats for plants and animals—including a number of threatened species.

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Crows Nest National Park to conserve and present its natural and cultural values, and to ensure that the recreational use of its resources is nature-based and ecologically sustainable.

    Tourism information links

    Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre
    82-86 James St, Toowoomba Qld 4350
    Freecall 1800 331 155

    Hampton Visitor Information Centre
    8623 New England Highway, Hampton Qld 4352
    Freecall 1800 009 066
    ph (07) 4697 9066

    Southern Queensland Country Tourism
    ph (07) 4632 1988

    For information on road conditions contact Department of Transport and Main Roads (13 19 40).

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.