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Ravensbourne

Just 45 minutes drive from Toowoomba, and 10 minutes from Hampton, the Ravensbourne area features Ravensbourne National Park, two attractive lakes and some very appealing accommodation options.

The beautiful natural landscape and vistas from the eastern escarpment, the Piccabeen palm groves of Ravensbourne National Park, and the rugged scenery of Lake Cressbrook offer opportunities for bushwalking, boating, fishing, bird watching and picnicking.

Ravensbourne National Park is a lush pocket of rainforest, with bushwalks varying from very short to longer hikes. The park preserves one of the few examples of rainforest that originally covered much of the local area. This day-use park has short walks through rainforest and open eucalypt forest, which support an amazing array of native birdlife.

The various walking tracks allow you to view features of the rainforest and open forest. While the walks are short - only one is longer than a kilometre - you can spend a full day exploring the park. You can discover some of the forest's more interesting features on the Cedar-block self-guiding walk. This starts at the picnic area near Gus Beutels Lookout, which provides a panoramic view of the range towards Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.

Ravensbourne Escape, Ravensbourne Forest Chalets and Cloudlake Mountain Retreat offer superior accommodation in self-contained houses set in picturesque surrounds.

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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Pechey

Pechey, Toowoomba Area
Pechey is a picturesque hamlet located near Crows Nest. The Town offers overnight camping grounds and the Listening Ridge Farmstay. While you're there have a yarn to the friendly locals, who will be happy to share stories about the town.

Toowoomba

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Crowning the edge of the Great Dividing Range 90 minutes west of Brisbane is Southern Queensland Country's largest town of Toowoomba. Perched 700 metres above sea level and overlooking the Lockyer Valley the 'Garden City' is home to over 150 public parks, making the idyllic picnic setting under the shade of a jacaranda or camphor laurel tree.

Westbrook

Westbrook, Toowoomba Area
Westbrook is a growing community located a short five minute drive south west of Toowoomba off the Gore Highway. Enjoy the hotel complex, featuring verandahs looking over the plains of the Darling Downs, a bottle shop and restaurant.

Crows Nest

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
Perched on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, the timber town of Crows Nest lies amongst pretty, undulating hills and is built around an attractive village green. In the centre of the green, known as Centenary Park, is the statue of Jimmy Crow, a local Aboriginal man, after whom some believe the town was named.

Crows Nest Falls

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
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Weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and forest red gum line watercourses while dry vine scrubs grow in sheltered gullies where soil and moisture accumulate at Crows Nest Falls, a prominent feature of Crows Nest National Park, located about a half-hour drive from Toowoomba.

Ravensbourne National Park

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
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For many years, Ravensbourne National Park was a traditional stop over for Aboriginal people on their way to and from bunya festivals in the Bunya Mountains. Today, visitors come to admire rainforest remnants, majestic Sydney blue gums and more than 80 bird species, including green catbirds and vulnerable black-breasted button-quail.

Mount Tyson

Mount Tyson, Toowoomba Area
Mount Tyson is a small town set amongst the grain and cattle farms of the Darling Downs. It's an easy 35 minute drive west from Toowoomba The locals of this town are truly proud of their 'tidy town' title won over many years, while the town can be said to be at its most beautiful as the jacarandas come into bloom in October and early November.

Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff, Toowoomba Area
Spring Bluff is a beautiful valley tucked in the ranges north of Toowoomba and best known for its picturesque railway station. Spring Bluff Railway Station is a favourite day trip for visitors and locals alike.

Gowrie Junction

Gowrie Junction, Toowoomba Area
Gowrie Junction is located just five minutes drive west from Toowoomba's city outskirts, just off the Warrego Highway. This picturesque country community lies amongst the rolling hills which border the open cropping plains of the Darling Downs.

Kulpi

Kulpi, Toowoomba Area
Kulpi is a small rural community about an hour's drive though beautiful country north west from Toowoomba, via Oakey. Cattle and grain properties figure most prominently. The town of Kulpi was part of a selection made by Fred Beckmann from the Rosalie Plains pastoral run.
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