Crows Nest - Lake Cressbrook

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021 9:26

Address: Perseverance Dam Road, Crows Nest QLD 4355

Aerial photo of Lake Cressbrook at sunrise.Located about 15 minutes drive east of Crows Nest, along Perserverance Dam Road, and a leisurely 50 km drive north east of Toowoomba, this place should be on your activity hot spot list. 

Lake Cressbrook offers many activities:

  • boating
  • rowing
  • fishing
  • bush walking
  • sailing
  • camping
  • picnicking
  • kayaking
  • canoeing.

Lake Cressbrook was completed in 1983 as part of Toowoomba’s water supply. The lake is set in hills covered by open forest of grey gum and iron bark with areas of grassland. This vegetation provides an attractive habitat for koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and a number of smaller marsupials, many of them nocturnal. Waterfowl numbers have increased since the lake was formed and pelicans, ducks, black swans, cormorants and other birds can be observed in large numbers. Sea eagles have been known to nest on the foreshore of the lake and platypus has been seen at Lake Cressbrook.

Domestic animals

As the lake is a flora and fauna reserve, domestic animals are not permitted in the area. If you wish to exercise your dog in public outdoor spaces, head to for a list of designated dog off-leash areas.

What to check before driving to Lake Cressbrook

Before you head out to the dam remember to check:

Gates to Lake Cressbrook open at certain times throughout the year. 

Summer opening hours are from 6 am to 8 pm (September-April).

Winter opening hours are from 7 am to 6 pm (May-August).

Lake Cressbrook is located about 59kms drive from Toowoomba.

To get there, take New England Highway north towards Hampton and turn right onto the Esk-Hampton. Turn left onto Mount Jockey Road and follow the signs to Lake Cressbrook.

From Crows Nest, take the New England Highway towards Toowoomba. Turn left onto Pechey Forestry Road/Perseverance Dam Road and then follow the signs to Lake Cressbrook.

View in Google Maps.

Please be aware that the Cressbrook Dam campground will be closed to the public from April until the 17th September 2021. This closure enables us to complete capital works to replace the existing communal camp kitchen area and undertake preventative maintenance of other elements within the campground.

We apologise for the inconvenience during this time but look forward to delivering an improved camping experience at Cressbrook Dam.

The Lake Cressbrook camping area is located on the shores of the lake, overlooking the water and incorporates individual tent or van sites, toilet and shower facilities, and a common area shelter. Booking a campsite is via a self-registration system provided at the entry to the campground. 

Camping fees are $8 per person, $32 for a family, and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more. Fees are to be paid by cash or cheque payment only. Credit card facilities are not available.

For more information on camping and activities at Lake Cressbrook, please visit the Lake Cressbrook section of the Toowoomba Region website. 

Lake Cressbrook Walk

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3

Distance: 7455 m total distance

Walking time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Description: The trailhead of Lake Cressbrook Walking Track is located near the boat ramp off Access Road in the Day Use Area and it can also be accessed from the camping area. It meanders adjacent to the lake’s edge, passing the camping ground before looping back through bushland.

Lake Cressbrook walking trail map

Useful link:

Lake Cressbrook walking trail map

Lake Cressbrook webpage




Playground covered
Playground shaded
Picnic tables
Park bench
Bush walking
Drinking water