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A Day Trip To The Country - Crows Nest

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Published October 8th 2017
You can learn so much by just taking a walk
Just a 40 kilometre drive north of Toowoomba, along the New England Highway, lies a little township that makes a big impact either for a day trip or an overnight stay.

Crows Nest, a former timber town and centre of the regional pig sale yards, retains many of the older buildings which once housed the industry of a thriving settlement. The buildings that surround the Village Green are now the sites of Galleries, Arts and Craft, and Cafes and are well worth a stretch of the legs.

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Tourist Information Board in the Village Green

To assist you gain an appreciation of the history of Crows Nest make sure you obtain a copy of a free brochure with the title "Crows Nest: More History Than You Think", a tour guide compiled by the Lions Club of Crows Nest Inc with assistance from the Crows Nest Historical Society.

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This brochure is very helpful

You see, there are markers placed along the footpaths of the streets of Crows Nest which you can follow on the tour guide. These guides are available at No Cost from the Art Gallery, the Pioneer Village, and the Art and Craft Centre.

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Markers outside the RSL

Even if time doesn't allow you to follow the complete pathway please ensure you walk around the Village Green, known as Centenary Park.

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Gorgeous landscaping

Not only are the gardens and Bottle Trees simply beautiful but this shared space is wonderfully inviting for a spot of contemplation. The Crows Nest War Memorial, and the explanation as to how Crows Nest received its name, are both interesting and moving.

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Bottle Trees

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More local information

There are several establishments dotted around the route should you require refreshments after your walk. I would recommend the Raven's Roost on William Street which serves great coffee and delicious local cheesecake.

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The Raven's Roost

Cost of Brochure : Free
Cost of Walking Tour : Free
Cost of Experience : Priceless
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