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Dining | Holiday Mountain Retreat | Queensland | Ravensbourne Escape

Explore the High Country Hamlets

Want to make the most of your luxury escape? The High Country Hamlets is a unique micro region offering high altitude produce and visitor experiences. For a full list of local eateries, activities and events, check out the High Country Hamlets website, or give us a call. We’re always happy to help you get the most out of your high country getaway.

Explore the High Country Hamlets

Dining | Holiday Mountain Retreat | Queensland | Ravensbourne Escape

Want to make the most of your luxury escape? The High Country Hamlets is a unique micro region offering high altitude produce and visitor experiences. For a full list of local eateries, activities and events, check out the High Country Hamlets website, or give us a call. We’re always happy to help you get the most out of your high country getaway.

Dining

No luxury escape is complete without authentic dining. Indulge in the culinary delights of our wonderful micro region. With a unique microclimate, and rich, red soil, our locality produces bountiful, crops all year-round. Creatively embraced by local chefs and restaurants, these local eateries offer you taste of our unique region.

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The Curly Carrot

Look for the iconic red roof in the middle of the Crow’s Nest Caravan Park. The Curly Carrot serves up classic country meals using local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a cake and cuppa on the deck, or order delicious takeaways!

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Mad Coffee Shop

Located in the industrial area of Crows Nest QLD you’ll find Mad Coffee Shop – your one stop shop for coffee, cakes & food on the go. A great spot for a morning walk or those heading off to work. It’s the perfect way to kick start your day. 

Open Monday to Saturday

The Chocolate Cottage

With stunning views, colourful décor and quirky giftware, this café and restaurant is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Indulge in handmade chocolates award winning cuisine and Lavazza coffee.

Closed Tuesdays

Grand Old Crow

With a great country atmosphere, The Grand Old Crow offers premium steaks, fresh seafood, salads and bar snacks. Family friendly and newly renovated, it’s a great night out for everyone.

Open 7 days

The Farmers Arms

As the oldest continually licenced pub in all of Queensland, The Farmers Arms Tavern is known for its great food, great drinks and great service. Come for a pint or a taste of their mouth-watering menu.

Open 7 days

Rosalie House

Looking for great food and excellent service? Take a trip to Rosalie House Vineyard & Cellar Door Restaurant to enjoy lunch, dinner, tapas or grazing boards. Make sure you book ahead to secure your place (particularly in peak seasons.

Closed Monday to Thursday

Harper’s Country

Full of country charm, this delightful family-run café offers freshly brewed coffee, Aussie produce, and friendly service. Located in Crows Nest, this lovely café features an awesome kids play area, so the whole family can enjoy. 

Open Monday to Saturday

Lily’s Restaurant

Located in Highfields Motel, this hidden gem uses locally grown and sourced produce to create fresh Italian Cuisine. Lily’s Restaurant offers a mouth-watering menu featuring an assortment of tantalising entrées, homemade pastas and hearty mains. 

Open for dinner Monday to Saturday

Savour This Eatery

This awesome café offers great food, great coffee and great service. Serving up crowd favourites like eggs benny, steak burgers and homemade cakes, with their ever-changing specials, there’s always something new on the menu. 

Closed Mondays

Activities

Want to explore our beautiful region and everything it has to offer? Make the most of your high country getaway by discovering historical sites, quaint country towns and other local attractions. Or, get back to nature and experience the natural beauty of our local lakes and scenic national parks.

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Ravensbourne National Park

Among palm groves, towering trees and trickling streams, Ravensbourne National Park is home to over 100 bird species. Explore the five walking tracks, make use of the picnic and barbecue areas, or stop at Gus Beutel lookout and enjoy the views across the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.

Crows Nest National Park

Located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, Crows Nest National Park is known for breathtaking eucalypt forests, waterfalls and lookouts. Home to a large number of birds and wildlife, the site has many scenic walks, on-site camping, picnic tables, toilets and barbecues.

Lake Cressbrook

Lake Cressbrook is a stunning nature reserve home to an array of bird and wildlife. While swimming is not permitted, you can enjoy boating, fishing and water sports, as well as onsite camping and picnic facilities, a children’s playground and a 5 km walking circuit.

Cowboy Up Trail Riding

Take a relaxing horseback ride through a picturesque property with trail guides Peter and Gill Gould.  Soak in the views of rolling hills and surrounding mountains from your view on top a friendly Quarter Horse. It’s great fun for all ages!

Munro Tramway

Lovingly restored by members of the Munro Tramway Historical Group, the Munro Shay Loco served as a timber haulage system between the late 1890’s and 1936. It is one of only three restored models in Australia.

Pechey Distilling Co.

A working farm and farm stay, Pechey Distilling Co. are producers of artisanal gin and vodka. The distillery door is open for tastings and sales each fortnight, Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm. They also offer tasting sessions by appointment for groups of 4 or more staying onsite, or at other High Country Hamlets accommodation.

Willow Vale Cooking School

Willow Vale Cooking School offers cooking workshops and private cooking classes run by multi-award winning chef Bruno Loubet. Set on a farm in the hamlet of Perseverance, you will use organic produce picked onsite and other local produce, while learning culinary skills to last a lifetime.

Monty Brewing Co

This independent, craft brewery uses fresh ingredients from all over the world, to brew amazing beers and ciders. With a tasty menu, spectacular views of the Lockyer valley and a relaxing atmosphere, it’s a great place to spend the day.

Open Thursday to Sunday

Colours of San Cris

This gorgeous gift shop is stuffed full of South American and global treasures, textiles and jewellery. An explosion of culture and riot of colour, Colours of San Cris is also a café and offers alfresco dining and BYO, so you can make the most of your visit.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Events

Plan your country getaway around one of our region’s spectacular annual events. With four distinct seasons, the High Country Hamlets has a seasonal calendar full of themed culinary and music events, art trails and festivals.

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Hampton Food & Arts Festival

Held annually on the 3rd Sunday in May, the Hampton Food & Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration of local food production, regional artisans and music. Set in the unique atmosphere of Hampton village in the midst of autumn it’s an amazing way to experience high country culture.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Held in September each year, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is an iconic Queensland festival. The carnival is comprised by a huge number of events held across the greater Toowoomba region. Highlights include the Grand Central Floral Parade, The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine and the Qantas Gala Dinner.

Studio Art Trail

Each year in August, the region hosts a self-drive art trail visiting the home studios and exhibition spaces of artists local to Crows Nest, Hampton, Ravensbourne and surrounding regions. Meet local artists, participate in workshops or purchase unique artwork to take home.