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Address: Lot 204 James Byrne, Highfields QLD
Highfields Falls is a great spot to visit for bird watching. Take a scenic walk around the bushland park and explore the creek crossing and waterfall.
There are two, one-way walks (Bowerbird and Cuckoo-Dove walks) and five walking circuits in this park - all named after birds that live in the area. Each of the walks is relatively short but very pleasant with lovely scenery and many photo opportunities.
Please leave your pets at home when visiting the Highfields Falls Bushland Park. Note there are no toilet or water facilities available at the park.
Highfields Falls is situated about 13 km north of Toowoomba and has three access points:
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Highfields Falls Bushland walking trails map
Best for: Bushwalking
Classification: Grade 4
Distances: 650 m loop
Walking time: 17 minutes
Description: The Yellow Robin Walking Circuit takes you on a scenic loop walk with some zig-zags, a creek crossing, some steps and stepping stones. This 750 m loop is easier to walk clockwise so the steep zig-zags are walked downhill. It allows access to the waterfall through the Cuckoo-Dove Walk and the Bowerbird Walk to the top and the bottom of the waterfall respectively. Keep your eyes open as this park has many interesting types of birds.
Classification: Grade 3
Distances: 160 m one way
Walking time: 5 minutes
Description: The Bowerbird Walk takes you from the Yellow Robin Walking Circuit down to the base of the waterfall. Follow this walk north for about 70 m and look for the steps on the right hand side. Walk down the natural rock steps and you will find the waterfall at its end. Watch your step as it may get a bit slippery when wet and prepare your camera to capture a snapshot of this natural little wonder.
Classification: Grade 2
Distances: 20 m one way
Walking time: 1 minute
Description: The Cuckoo-Dove Walk takes you to the top of the waterfall. From the Yellow Robin Walking Circuit, turn east at the intersection with the Cuckoo-Dove and follow the track until you see a little stream that leads you to the top of the waterfall. Watch your step as it may get a bit slippery when wet.
Distances: 585 m loop
Walking time: 10 minutes
Description: Lorikeet Walking Circuit is a relatively easy 585 m loop that travels over a creek twice and crosses a grassy paddock near Ballantyne Court. This circuit is connected to the Rosella and the Yellow Robin Walking Circuits.
Distances: 545 m loop
Description: The Rosella Walking Circuit is an easy 545 m loop that connects the James Byrne Road carpark with the Lorikeet Walking Circuit. This circuit is adjacent to the Kingfisher Walking Circuit.
Distances: 900m loop
Walking time: 15 minutes
Description: The Kingfisher Walking Circuit is the longest walk in this park. However, it's an easy 920 m stroll that can be accessed through the James Byrne Road carpark. This circuit is connected with the Rosella and the Golden Whistler Walking Circuits.
Distances: 710 m loop
Description: The Golden Whistler Walking Circuit is a relatively flat 710 m long loop. The best way to access this circuit is through the Barber Road carpark. This circuit is connected to the Kingfisher Walking Circuit and withholds valuable flora and fauna.