Crows Nest Falls Circuit

Crows Nest National Park
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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.

Bird Watching
No Dogs Permitted
No Cycling Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest

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.

Other References


The area is still fairly dry but there was water running in the creek. Lots of stairs! We walked in via the creek path with the side tracks to water holes, and came back from Koonin lookout directly to the carpark with a distance of 4.8km.

Robyn on 20 Jun, 2021

Very picturesque, easy walk, lots of different water holes to see. Some stairs to get to swimming hole and a bit of rock hopping. Will do this one again.

Boots on 11 Jun, 2021

Gentle walk

samkramer on 29 Sep, 2020

Good walk would love to see it with flowing water but I think that would take a lot of rain.

Jules on 16 Aug, 2020

Still recovering from fires/droughts. But nice views at look outs.

Hannah on 18 Jul, 2020

A relatively easy walk. We did the walk in the rain, which added atmosphere and colour contrast and personally we feel made it better. A very rocky environment.

Shazlex on 14 Jun, 2020

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

Family hike

Pat on 14 Apr, 2019

Very dry when there December 2018

Mackamcb on 30 Dec, 2018

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

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

Combined both tracks into one walk. Quite easy to do.

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

Fantastic views from the viewing platform

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


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