Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:35
Perched on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne Park was a traditional bush tucker refreshment stop for Aboriginal people en route to and from the Bunya Mountains nut festivals. Once, rainforest covered most of the area but timber cutters and dairy farmers changed the landscape over the years. Patches of rainforest still exist and the drive along the winding Hampton-Esk road is one of the prettiest drives through spectacular scenery in Queensland.
The Ravensbourne National Park
(opens in a new window) is a day-use park with short walks though rainforest and open eucalypt forest, which support an amazing array of native birdlife. The cedar-block self-guiding walk starts at the picnic area near Gus Beutel's Lookout, which provides a panoramic view of the range over the Lockyer Valley and to the Border Ranges in the south.
Nearby Lakes Cressbrook and Perseverance, which provide the water supply for the Toowoomba region, offer opportunities for bushwalking, boating, fishing, camping, bird watching and picnicking.
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