Crows Nest - Bullocky's Rest Park
Address: New England Highway, Crows Nest QLD 4355
Bullocky's Rest Park was originally used as a camp for bullock teams hauling timber from Cooyar to Toowoomba due to the availability of a fresh water supply. A steam pump, located at the Pump Hole, provided water to the Butter Factory in Creek Street, which operated from 1905 to 1969. Local mixed farms provided cream to the Butter Factory with the remaining buttermilk piped down Three Mile Road and fed to pigs.
Hartmann Park was donated to Council in the 1970s by Mr Hubert Hartmann. In 1992, the former Crows Nest Shire Council developed the Applegum Walk as a job skills project to connect points of local interest - Bullocky's Rest Park, the Waterbird Habitat and Hartmann Park.
The Waterbird Habitat was developed by the former Crows Nest Shire Council in 1994 with the construction of two low weirs and associated revegetation. Applegum Walk and Hartmann Park Circuit are located in largely undisturbed bushland exhibiting a range of geological, vegetative and historical features within the town area.
Bullocky's Rest Park links Applegum Walk to Hartmann Park and features a range of picnic facilities ideally situated beside Crow's Nest Creek. A replica bullock team is also a feature of the park.
How to get there: From Toowoomba drive north on the New England Highway. The park is located just before arriving in the Crows Nest township on your right.
Facilities: Carpark, toilet, picnic shelter, picnic tables, barbecues, water.
Best for: Bushwalking
Classification: Grade 3
Distance: 2053m one way
Walking time: Approximately 30-40 minutes
Description: Applegum Walk connects Bullocky’s Rest Park Park to Hartmann Park. The track from Bullocky’s Rest follows Crows Nest Creek downstream, passing the Pump Hole, then up Bald Hills Creek to Hartmann Park, a total distance of 1.5km. From Hartmann Park, you can return to Bullocky’s Rest via the town centre, or along Esk or Dale Streets. Please leave your pets at home.