If you enjoy looking and buying Antiques, then come here to Crows Nest and Salt's Antique Store.
Everytime we come, we always go for a browse, and this time was no exception. There is so much to see. My husband found old time work tools that he was interested in, me, the glassware and crockery that my Mother had.
We both liked the Furniture made out of good quality wood.
In the adjoining Salt's reproduction store, were beautiful Clocks and more of interest to look at.
All these Antiques are located in an old Edwardian building with signs outside declaring the business to be 'Specialists in Victorian Furniture, Direct Importers from the U.K., and a member of the London and Provincial Antique Dealers,' and some other old signs too!
Looking in this store, is a trip down memory lane!
OPEN.....from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. seven days a week.........
even if it is closed, the window display is worth looking at.
The rugged Crows Nest National Park is located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range.
On this visit, I was hoping to see water going over the 20 metre high Crows Nest Falls. I did see three separate streams of water going over, [better than last time here] but they still were disappointing. These are falls you would have to visit not long after rain to see them at their best.
If you take the easy walking track to them, then the walk is a 2.1 km return (45 minutes) Class 3 walk.
I did the walk via Kauyoo loop which included The Cascades and Kauyoo Pool, 2.7 km return (1 hour)
Class 3 loop to Kauyoo Pool and Class 4 to Cascades
This took me longer than the hour, as I spent quite a bit of time at the Cascades, scrambling over boulders, exploring the Cascades.
Kauyoo Pool had a sandy beach, would be a popular area in summer.
I didn't walk to Koonin lookout, this is 4.5 km return (1 hour 30 minutes) Class 3 walk.
The Picnic ground is lovely, plenty of tables, wood bbq's, lawn, the Crows Nest Creek running by where you may spot Platypus. Toilets are located here, and a campground, where in 2010 cost is $5.15 per person, per night to stay. Good for Caravan's and Tents.
[Info can be found on the website]
We like staying in the National Parks, as it gives you a chance to see a far greater amount of wildlife that calls the area home, as a lot are only around early morning and late afternoon, and with the Possum's, at night.
If you read my Intro to Crows Nest, you would know that the Township was named after a person, "Jimmy Crow."
Located in the Village green is a Statue of Jimmy Crow.
Take a look, and read the sign explaining how the Town received its name.
This is what is said.................
"In the early days when teamsters visited this area Jimmy Crow, an Aboriginal named by early settlers, used a hollow tree as his gunyah. He was relied on for information and directions. This place was used as a camping place by teamsters and travellers and became known as Jimmy Crow's Nest hence the name 'Crows Nest."
Near his statue is the tree which was his 'nest'.
How sad it was when I reached the Waterfall's, and found this notice [see photo] beside them.
It was a photo of a young 20 year old man, who never lived to see his 21st Birthday.
He, decided to jump from the cliffs where the Fall's lookout is located, into the water below. This was to be his one and only jump, as his life ended with this fateful Jump. He shouldn't have done it, as you never know how deep the water is, and how many rocks are hidden below and surrounding it.
What a waste of a young man's life, and what a grim reminder this sign is!
Hopefully, it may prevent somebody else from doing the same foolish thing. The lookout does have a good, sturdy fence.
I thought it was a good idea having this sign there, as I said before, take care!
If you are going bushwalking in Australian National Parks, you will find that most of them have a "Track Classification" which tells you what the track is like..........
Then, you can make up your mind whether you can tackle it or not in safety.
The Crows Nest National Park's walking tracks have been classified to Australian Standards.
A Class 3 track, is defined as a gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines and maybe a few steps. Some caution is required on the decomposed granite and exposed natural lookouts.
You require a reasonable level of fitness and good footwear.
Class 4 track, is the one I did to the "Cascades"
As I mentioned in the tip, it was not easy. It is classified as a track, usually with steep exposed granite inclines or many steps, also decomposed granite and exposed natural lookouts. There were steep crevices and slippery rocks leading to the Cascades.
A moderate level of fitness and good supportive footwear is required.
In case of accident or other emergency call 000 or from mobile phones call 112 if 000 not contactable:
advise your location and nature of emergency; and
stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.
Mobile phone coverage is not reliable.
Just a short, 24kms drive from Crows Nest is the small town of Cabarlah. Usually, we pass straight through, but on this day, we had plenty of time, so decided to stop and have a look at the attractive Black Forest Hill Cuckoo Clocks.
Wow! On opening the front door and stepping inside, it was like I was inside "Fairyland!" It was beautiful! A nice, friendly lady greeted us, and on asking about taking photo's, told me I could click away as many times as I wished! I said we probably wouldn't be buying, but of course, I walked out with a gift that I would put away for a Christmas present.
There were Cuckoo Clock's of all shapes and sizes, they were gorgeous, and they all did not cuckoo at the same time, thank goodness!!!
In the back room were the big Grandfather clocks, with big prices to match, nice to look at, too expensive for me to buy!
All of the clock's are made in Germany in the Black Forest, so all are authentic.
The shop had lots of German goodies including Beer Steins and wooden toys for the children. There were Dolls and Christmas decorations, so much, you will just have to come and have a look for yourself.
I had a wonderful time here, and will be returning on another visit to this area.
OPEN.... 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Tuesday to Friday
9.30 am - 4.00pm Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
LOCATION.....9917 New England Highway, CABARLAH [main road from Toowoomba to Crows Nest]