Just 45 minutes drive from Toowoomba, and 10 minutes from Hampton, the Ravensbourne area features Ravensbourne National Park, two attractive lakes and some very appealing accommodation options.
The beautiful natural landscape and vistas from the eastern escarpment, the Piccabeen palm groves of Ravensbourne National Park, and the rugged scenery of Lake Cressbrook offer opportunities for bushwalking, boating, fishing, bird watching and picnicking.
Ravensbourne National Park is a lush pocket of rainforest, with bushwalks varying from very short to longer hikes. The park preserves one of the few examples of rainforest that originally covered much of the local area. This day-use park has short walks through rainforest and open eucalypt forest, which support an amazing array of native birdlife.
The various walking tracks allow you to view features of the rainforest and open forest. While the walks are short – only one is longer than a kilometre – you can spend a full day exploring the park. You can discover some of the forest’s more interesting features on the Cedar-block self-guiding walk. This starts at the picnic area near Gus Beutels Lookout, which provides a panoramic view of the range towards Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.
Ravensbourne Escape, Ravensbourne Forest Chalets and Cloudlake Mountain Retreat offer superior accommodation in self-contained houses set in picturesque surrounds.