Ravensbourne National Park
Small remnants of the rainforest and wet eucalypt forest that once covered this part of the Great Dividing Range are preserved in Ravensbourne National Park. Evidence suggests the rainforest is slowly overtaking the open forest.
More than 80 species of birds visit or live in this park including the black-breasted button-quail, which is threatened with extinction, fruit doves and six species of owls.
Ravensbourne is along one of the pathways taken by Aboriginal people when visiting the Bunya Mountains for the bunya nut festival, providing a reliable source of food for travelling Aboriginal people.
Have a bush picnic. Two picnic areas are provided. Both have picnic tables, wood barbecues, firewood, water and toilets. The Cedar Block picnic area also has a shelter shed. Boil or treat the water before drinking.
Enjoy a panoramic view over the range towards Brisbane, the Scenic Rim and the Lockyer Valley from the Gus Beutel Lookout.
Go birdwatching. You might see satin bowerbirds, pigeons or red-backed fairy-wrens. On the edge of the Cedar Block circuit track, you may notice circular hollows on the rainforest floor made by the black-breasted button-quail Turnix melanogaster as it spins around while feeding on the rainforest floor. Spectacular red-tailed and glossy black-cockatoos feed on casuarina seeds in the open forest in winter. Listen for the call of
the green catbird and paradise riflebird.
Camping is not allowed but you can stay at nearby Crows Nest National Park or Cressbrook Dam.
This is a great park for short, less crowded bushwalks. Most tracks start in the Blackbean picnic area. A self-guiding walk starts in Cedar Block picnic area. Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Ravensbourne is located between Esk and Toowoomba just off the Esk-Hampton Road. From Toowoomba, travel 32km along the New England Highway to Hampton then 17km along the Esk Road to the park. From Esk, drive 33km along the Esk-Hampton Road to the park.
Crows Nest National Park
PO Box 731, Toowoomba QLD 4350
ph (07) 4635 0918
fax (07) 4635 1473
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service