Crows Nest National Park

Summary

After good rain, water tumbles through eucalypt forest along a series of boulder-strewn cascades, before plunging 20 m over Crows Nest Falls into a waterhole surrounded by steep, granite cliffs.

Popular Walks

Parent Regions

Lovely picnic area and a short easy route for families with small children to first swimming hole ( from carpark). Also an easy clear path to waterfall lookout with great views.

Medium walk to summit lookout over Valley of Diamonds. If you have little legs like me, some steps are knee high ( great for your glutes) Views are spectacular

Coming back from the waterfall or summit view, the paths down to both swimming holes are rough and narrow,( I would not take young children along this path!), but a cool dip is a welcome relief after you have walked the park and a well deserved reward for completing the circuit.

Most of the walk is shaded. The park is popular on warm days so go early

Medium
4.5 km return
2 hrs

Crows Nest Falls Circuit

Crows Nest Falls via Kauyoo Loop (including The Cascades, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool)
Bottkebrush Pool is the ideal place to enjoy a swim and relax. The river she-oaks and bottlebrush trees here provide shade and habitat for a variety of wildlife. Keep an eye out for brush-tailed rock wallabies, as they move quiety around the surounding granite hills and boudlers. Take care on the steps leading down to the creek, as they can be slippery when wet.

A sandy beach allows easy access to the normally shallow water at Kauyoo Pool.

Steep crevices and slippery rocks lead to the Cascades, where you can hear the ‘tock tock’ calls of striped marsh frogs echoing around the boulders in summer. Watch your step, especially if the creek is flowing. This is another good spot to sit quietly and watch for rock-wallabies.

Medium
4.5 km return
90 mins

Koonin Lookout

Walk through bushland to a view overlooking the valley of Diamonds. The walk involves some steps, particularly at the end where you go up to the viewing platform.

Hard
13 km return
5 hrs

Valley of Diamonds

Starting from the same location as the normal day walks, it goes all the way to Perseverance Dam and then boulder-hopping all of the way up the gorge before a quick scramble up to Koonin Lookout