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Crows Nest

The village st the centre of the district.


Crows Nest 4355Map  is a small town on the Great Dividing Range. Population: approx. 1500 Location: latitude 27° 16´S, longitude 152° 03´E. It is 42 km north of Toowoomba along the New England Highway.


A rural town servicing a diverse farming community. A quiet and safe retirement venue, away from the hustle and bustle of cities and popular tourist venues. No traffic lights. You can park outside the shop you want. No McDonalds. (For those who miss the hustle and bustle, the traffic lights and McDonalds, Highfields is only a short drive away.)


Warm summers, cool winters (perfect!).


Derived from a pastoral run name used by James Canning Pearce (1848). No record exists of why Pearce used the name for the original pastoral run.

A local legend is that the name Crows Nest comes from Jimmy Crow, an Aboriginal named by early settlers, who used a hollow tree as his gunyah. He was relied on for information and directions.

Another version is that it was used as a camping place by teamsters and travellers. It is said that they would agree to meet "under the crows nest in the old Applegum tree".