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Bullockys Rest Park, Crows Nest

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published October 8th 2020
Historic replica, bushwalking & barbeques
Bullockys Rest Park replica timber jinker bullocks
A replica team of bullocks pulling a timber jinker at Bullockys Rest Park.

A replica team of bullocks pulling a timber jinker at Bullockys Rest Park (LINK) certainly gets your attention. Adjacent to the New England Highway / Toowoomba Road at Crows Nest, travellers can stop and revive at one of three covered picnic areas. Gas barbeque facilities are available in a bush setting, plus comfort break facilities.

Bullockys Rest Park bushwalk Applegum bridge link
Links to the Applegum Walk lead visitors through bushland.

Originally used as a camp for bullock teams, a lifelike replica stands testament to the hard work of early Australians. The bullockies hauled timber from Cooya to Toowoomba and stopped to camp there because there was a supply of freshwater. The timber jinker was loaned by the Crows Nest Historical Society. A waterbird habitat existed until 2011 when flooding changed the area.

Wildflowers growing by the dry creek bed.


I've always enjoyed clambering over rocks and there were some flat boulders in the dry creek bed to do just that. Beautiful yellow wildflowers were growing nearby. A small amount of water formed a pool, but there was nothing flowing in this dry spell. A feast of birdsong accompanies the walk. It's not a difficult walk but you can work up a good sweat. There are links to the Applegum Walk through Hartmann Park, about 1.5 km away.

bush walk Bullockys Rest Park creek bottle brush Crows Nest
The bottle brush and small pool attracts many birds.

After your rest stop in Bullockys Rest Park, you can take a short drive to the Folk Museum in Crows Nest for more historic information. Crows Nest is around a 45-minute drive from Toowoomba.
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Why? Bushwalk, barbeque, stop and revive at historic Bullockys Rest Park.
When: Any time.
Phone: 07 4697 9066 / 131 872
Where: Toowoomba Rd, Crows Nest
Cost: Free
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