Highfields - Highfields Falls Bushland

Monday, 29 Apr 2019 8:31

Address: Lot 204 James Byrne, Highfields QLD

Highfields Falls is a great place to visit for bird watching. There are two one-way walks (Bowerbird and Cuckoo-Dove walks) and five circuits in this park, all named after birds that live in the area (Yellow Robin, Lorikeet Walking, Rosella, Kingfisher and Golden Whistler walking circuits). The walks are relatively short but very pleasant with many photo opportunities. Please leave your pets at home.

How to get there:

 Highfields Falls is situated about 13km north of Toowoomba and has three access points:

  1. James Byrne Road - From Toowoomba, travel north on the New England Highway, turn right onto Recreation Reserve Road and drive for 1.4km into James Byrne Road where you can park your car at the park entrance.
  2. Barber Road - This entrance is perfect for long vehicles, or if towing a caravan or trailer. From Toowoomba, travel north on the New England Highway, turn right onto Recreation Reserve Road, turn right onto James Byrne Road and then left into Barber Road. Park your car at the park entrance.
  3. Kleve Road - From Toowoomba, travel north on the New England Highway, turn right at the traffic lights to the south of Dau Road and at the end of the road park your car at the park entrance on Kleve Road.

Facilities: None

 

Walking trails

Highfields Falls Bushland walking trails map

 

Yellow Robin Walking Circuit

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 4 - steep sections

Distances: 650m loop

Walking time: Approximately 17 minutes return

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 750m 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. 



Bowerbird Walk

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distances: 160m one way

Walking time: Approximately 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 metres 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.



Cuckoo-Dove Walk

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 2 - formed track, gentle hills

Distances: 20m one way

Walking time: Approximately 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.

 

Lorikeet Walking Circuit 

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distances: 585m loop

Walking time: Approximately 10 minutes return

Description: The Lorikeet Walking Circuit is a relatively easy 585m 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.

 

Rosella Walking Circuit 

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 2 - formed track, gentle hills

Distances: 545m loop

Walking time: Approximately 10 minutes return

Description: The Rosella Walking Circuit is an easy 545m loop that connects the James Byrne Road carpark with the Lorikeet Walking Circuit. This circuit is adjacent to the Kingfisher Walking Circuit.

 

Kingfisher Walking Circuit  

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 2 - formed track, gentle hills

Distances: 900m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15 minutes return

Description: The Kingfisher Walking Circuit is the longest walk in this park. However, it's an easy 920m stroll that can be accessed through the James Byrne Road carpark. This circuit is connected with the Rosella and the Golden Whistler Walking Circuits.

 

Golden Whistler Walking Circuit

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 2 - formed track, gentle hills

Distances: 710m loop

Walking time: Approximately 10 minutes return

Description: The Golden Whistler Walking Circuit is a relatively flat 710m 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.  

 

 

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