Crows Nest Falls Circuit

Crows Nest National Park

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.

No Dogs Permitted
No Cycling Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Turn off the New England Highway at the police station at Crows Nest (56 km north of Toowoomba) and take the sealed road 6 km to the park.

Caution: after heavy rain, creek crossings may be flooded.


Route/Trail notes

Take a creek-side walk to waterholes and to lookouts with spectacular views.

Tracks lead from the picnic area and follow the steep-sided gorge in the upper reaches of Crows Nest Creek to a lookout overlooking Crows Nest Falls. Continue to Koonin Lookout for an impressive view over a deeper gorge known locally as the Valley of Diamonds.

Explore around the creek, but be careful.Rocks and stepping-stones can be slippery, expecially after rain. Supervise children closely.


Camping fees apply.

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Even though there wasn't a lot of water, it was still a great walk. Fair few stairs to get to the lookout itself, but worth the effort. I got there nice and early and there was a bit of fog in the valley, making the view spectacular.

insidelane on 12 Jul, 2019

Easy walk. I had my kids (4 & 5 years old) with me and they managed with no issues.
It was dry. No water flowing but a good opportunity to explore the Cascades.

Jo on 30 Dec, 2018

Very dry when there December 2018

Mackamcb on 30 Dec, 2018

Loved this walk. Shame you need a permit to get down to the water, the other swimming holes aren't that nice. The views of the valley are amazing, well worth the climb up the hill.

Samuel Armstrong on 21 Feb, 2017

bugger all water. but still enough for a dip on a hot day

wendy on 26 Jan, 2017

All the trails are quite easy. A number of steps but nothing too difficult.

Steve F on 16 Oct, 2016

We were here shortly after a controlled burn so it wasn't at it's best but it still had it's charms. The rock pools and gorges were very scenic, the cascades and waterfall were small but flowing and there were still plenty of birds around. There are a LOT of stairs on this walk, especially if you continue on to the lookout at the end, so it definitely earns it's Medium rating in my eyes. The wind through the valley is very strong and cold at times so be prepared for extra windchill - and probably a hat that can be secured would be a plus.

SweetLorikeet on 6 Sep, 2016

Combined both circuit in one easy walk.

J on 15 May, 2016

Nice easy walk, some steps to get the heart pumping and glutes working :) Beautiful Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies come out around dusk.

(NOTE - very very dry at the moment. Creek has become a series of disconnected waterholes and will only flow again after some decent rain. No waterfall happening).

Andrew on 10 Apr, 2016

This is a beautiful spot. The waterholes are very picturesque. A welcome surprise out here.

Ian and Sue on 22 Oct, 2015

Pretty easy, as this walk is quite short you can easily do all the walks in this area within two hours.

rob.bushman on 27 Jun, 2015

This walk is easy and enjoyable.

Harry on 26 Jun, 2015

Very popular walk for families. Lots of opportunities for a swim. The lookout displays views over the Valley of Diamonds. Very impressive. Quite a straightforward and well maintained track. Well worth your time if you're nearby.

Alice on 7 Jun, 2015

Just down he road from us - a lovely spot and very easy walk

HippyDonna on 25 Apr, 2004


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