Crows Nest Falls Circuit

Crows Nest National Park

Crows Nest Falls via Kauyoo Loop (including The Cascades, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool).

Explore the creek on your way to Crows Nest Falls. 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. A short scramble over low boulders brings you to Kauyoo Pool, where a sandy beach allows easy access to the normally shallow water - a perfect swimming spot for families with small children. Further along the trail, a long staircase leads you down to Bottlebrush Pool, which is an ideal place to enjoy a swim and relax. Keep an eye out for brush-tailed rock wallabies as they move quietly around the surrounding granite hills and boulders.

Caution: Take care on the steps leading down to the creek and when rock-hopping across the creek, as these surfaces can be slippery when wet.

Note: BYO drinking water. Water from the picnic/camping areas must be boiled before use.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
No Cycling Permitted
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.

Setting out from the picnic area, continue along the trail for approx. 500m then turn right at the 'Pools Loop' signpost. Rock-hop across the creek to explore the boulder-filled landscape near The Cascades.

Return to the main path, which follows the steep-sided gorge in the upper reaches of Crows Nest Creek. There are two short side-tracks to explore before you reach the Crows Nest Falls lookout. Kauyoo Pool is accessed via a natural-stone staircase. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, turn right and scramble over a short stretch of low boulders until you reach the sandy beach of Kauyoo Pool. Further along the path, you will find Bottlebrush Pool at the bottom of a long, steep stone staircase. There is a bench-seat conveniently located halfway down the staircase in case you need a rest on the way up/down. 

The Crows Nest Lookout overlooks a waterfall that tumbles down a 20 metre rock-face into the deep pool below. The falls are most impressive after rain, but even in dry seasons there is always water at the bottom of the falls. Note: The area around the lookout/falls is fenced off due to unstable cliff-faces - swimming is not permitted. 

Return directly to the carpark via the bush-track, or add the extra 2km out-and-back walk to Koonin Lookout for an impressive view over a deeper gorge known locally as the Valley of Diamonds.

Caution: Have fun exploring in and around the creek, but be careful and supervise children closely. Rocks and stepping-stones can be slippery, expecially after rain. 


Camping fees apply. Day-use entry is free.

Other References


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

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

Very easy but nice walk

AdamK on Mar, 2015

Did this on return from Valley of Diamonds walk

Allan Allport on 29 Aug, 2014

Great walk, I spent the morning wandering with our 12 year old. The pools were full after the recent rain and everything was fresh.
realistically it took us an hour and a half to walk the tracks and all the side tracks but we stopped for an extended time at a few.

At the cascades there is an old man made concrete causeway that leads you up the other side to a track the takes you all the way to perseverance. I am looking forward to heading back there to explore that track. It is such a fantastic area to walk and so easy to access!

The main pool at the bottom of the Crows Nest falls has been closed indefinitely due to unstable rocks above the track. It is a real shame as the Pool is a highlight. A beautiful walk and some amazing features. Well worth the trip.

Hurls on 6 Apr, 2014

Easy walks .. very dry at the moment ..

DrummerJeff on 1 Mar, 2014

I did this walk with my four children (aged 5-11). Took us three hours to complete the full circuit with a couple of breaks. The track was in pretty good condition and the views beautiful! A very pleasant morning :)

Catherine on 23 Jun, 2013

We did this walk today myself and my 7 Year old, It was great! There were other people about but most of the time it was so serene and peaceful. Just beautiful country and creek, can't wait til summer and go back for a swim. Took us about 2.5 hours easy going, my 7 year old was able to handle the steps and the walk well with a few rest stops.

shell79 on 16 Jun, 2013

Nice Easy Walk

DrummerJeff on 1 May, 2013

Made a weekend trip of it all, camped walked, swam in the pools.

drewmac on 2 Nov, 2012

The walking track to the lower waterhole was closed at the time due to rockfalls.

monkeywill on 17 Mar, 2012

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

HippyDonna on 25 Apr, 2004


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