Weekend Away: Crows Nest
Getting away for a weekend or a few days mid-week can be just what you need to refresh and recharge. The little country town of Crows Nest in the hilly Great Dividing Range high country, just 40 minutes north of Toowoomba, is the perfect place to unwind, explore nature and catch up on some together time.
Stay and Play
The restorative power of fresh air and being in nature is what draws people to the area. The main attraction, Crows Nest National Park, is only 10 minutes out of town. It’s compact yet offers several graded trails, with enough diversity to have a decent walk (up hill if you like) but mostly low impact with a few stairs and the promise of track-side granite boulders, creek views, golden sprays of wattle at the tail end of winter and pretty wildflowers in spring.
Photographers and birdwatchers will be very happy – especially after a little rain when the creek and waterholes are at their best. Picnic and barbecue areas are located adjacent to the main parking area.
For families and budget travellers, Crows Nest Motel is clean and comfortable and renowned for friendly hospitality. From here you can easily explore Crows Nest National Park, or venture further to picnic at Perseverance Dam or walk the trails of Ravensbourne National Park.
The beautifully restored Anduramba Homestead B&B is perfect for couples or groups looking for tranquillity. Built circa 1907 in a Federation style, the homestead is perched on an elevated 10-acre working protea farm.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens which attract a variety of birds, the house offers many private spots both indoors and out for reading and relaxing. Hosts Sandra and Andrew can provide quality country-style meals or recommendations on where to eat locally.
Romantics will love the country luxury and relaxed style of Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove Studio, just 10 minutes’ drive out of town. Set on a working sheep and cattle property next to the main homestead, this private well-appointed hideaway overlooks the olive grove and distant hills. It’s the perfect spot to rest and enjoy the countryside. You can read on the studio deck, potter around and pick some tasty morsels in the vegie patch, collect fresh eggs, and do a wine and olive tasting at the onsite cellar door (also open to the public by appointment). Set off on a hike to find a picnic spot with a view or take a few steps from the studio door, perch on a blanket under the giant figs and graze on a platter of cheese, local meats and olives.
When you’ve had your fill of relaxing in nature, check out the works of local artists at Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery, take in Carbethon Folk Museum or browse the old and interesting wares at Salts Antiques. Crows Nest Village Markets are held the second Sunday of the month in Centenary Park in the centre of town.
Eat and Drink
For great coffee and a tasty breakfast or lunch pop into The Nest Cafe or tackle a hearty counter lunch at The Grand Old Crow Hotel. You can taste locally made wine at Holland Wines cellar door with winemaker Bob Holland or sample traditionally brewed soft drinks at local favourite, Crows Nest Soft Drinks, established in 1903.
Image credit: @crowsnestsoftdrinks
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