Past picturesque valleys, sprawling blue dams and quaint villages you’ll find Crows Nest National Park; a rugged bushland paradise awaits.


  • Scenic road trip through the Brisbane Valley
  • Gorge and waterfall views
  • Swimming and picnicking opportunities

The Lowdown

Crows Nest National Park is only small, but worth the two hour scenic road trip from Brisbane.

Head past the picnic tables by the carpark and you’ll come to a creek crossing. This is one place where your rock scrambling skills come in handy and you can head down the creek to get a vantage point of the cascades.

Getting back on the path, follow the easy creekside trail to Kauyoo and Bottlebrush pools. Bottlebrush Pool is the perfect place for a swim, but go here after recent rain.

crows nest national park Lisa Owen QLD lookout

crows nest national park Lisa Owen QLD waterfall

A short walk will take you to a lookout over the Crows Nest Falls and a waterhole — there’s a few signs warning you not to go around the lookout fencing. Don’t miss the walk to the Koonin Lookout, which offers a spectacular view over a gorge, Cressbrook and Perseverance creeks, and the Valley of Diamonds.

Extend your day trip with stops at Wivenhoe Dam on the way to or from the National Park, grab a coffee and bakery treat at one of the small towns you pass through, picnic by the nearby dams of Cressbrook and Perseverance, or visit Ravensbourne National Park.

Essential Gear

  • Camera
  • Swimmers
  • Picnic


  • Bushwalking
  • Swimming
  • Photography
  • Rock scrambling
  • Camping

How To Get There

From Brisbane, head towards Toowoomba then take the exit for Esk. You’ll pass Wivenhoe Dam, Fernvale and Esk. Once you reach Esk, take the turnoff to Esk-Hampton Road and follow the signs to Crows Nest. The national park carpark runs off Albert Street/Three Mile Road.

Skill Level



5km return, with swimming and rock scrambling opportunities along the way.


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