Ravensbourne National Park is a lush pocket of rain forest just a few minutes drive from Hazelmont Cottage
…with bushwalks varying from very short to longer hikes. The park preserves one of the few examples of rain forest that originally covered much of the local area. This day-use park has short walks through rain forest and open Eucalypt forest, which support an amazing array of native birdlife.
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.
The Cedar Block picnic area has full picnic & BBQ facilities and enjoys a panoramic view over the range towards Brisbane, Scenic Rim and the Lockyer Valley from the Gus Beutel Lookout.
Local foods & eateries
The cottage has everything you need to self cater including a wood fired pizza oven and not leave or experience the local produce and eateries. There’s a number of places to dine in Crows Nest just 15 minutes drive away…try the Grand Old Crow for lunch or dinner & Highfields is just 20 minutes away and has a number of charming cafes including Colours of San Cris in Cabarlah , The Curly Carrot in Crows Nest and The Chocolate Cottage in Highfields.Check out our local organic blueberry farm Hampton Blue, Macbeth Rhubarb farm in Cabarlah & buy some local avocado from a roadside stall.
Visit the local lakes
Offers activities for all members of the family. There’s plenty of good fishing spots and boat access (electric motors only) or perhaps you’re into more strenuous water sports such as sailing, canoeing or windsurfing. But. You don’t have to be an angler or windsurfer to enjoy what Lake Cooby has to offer. Read more…
It has covered and grassy picnic areas, gas barbecues, children’s playground, basketball and beach volleyball courts. Fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing are popular activities. There are two boat ramps.(Petrol outboards allowed.) A 5 km walking circuit start at the camping ground, loops around the lake shore, and then back over the lightly wooded ridge. You may see the resident red deer. Read more…
You don’t even have to get wet to enjoy what Lake Perseverance has to offer. Just take a drive across the dam wall to the recreation area. What could be better than enjoying a picnic or barbecue in a quiet bushland setting while overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Perseverance. Unlike Cooby and Cressbrook, Toowoomba’s other water supply lakes, fishing, boating and windsurfing are not permitted at Lake Perseverance. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do.
“Thank you so much for this amazing cottage and sharing it with people. We came here for a little Babymoon & it was so nice to spend some relaxing and quality time together before 2 become 3 ! We enjoyed switching off from the “real world” & enjoyed all the birds & fireflies. It was an extra treat listening to rainfall through the night, Our stay was perfect, we will definitely spread the word ! Thank you Sue & Jonathan”