Bald Hills Jaunt

A classic ride that follows the crest of the Great Dividing Range to the west of Crows Nest township that can be ridden in either direction. It includes gravel country lanes and roads with some sealed roads and a stint on the New England Highway. Best times include late afternoon to capture sensational sunsets and moon rises and early mornings.

To ride in a clockwise direction, head south along the New England Highway towards Toowoomba. Turn off on to the old Highway part way up the hill to avoid highway traffic and check out the impressive line marking. Head west along the Pechey Maclagan Road for approximately 2 kilometres and take Bald Hills Road, the first gravel road to the right. Enjoy the changing country scenes before commencing some serious climbing. Take your time and enjoy the ride or walk – the views are worth the effort when you make it to the top. Crows Nest can be seen nestled in the valley to the east, whilst the west looks out to the start of the Darling Downs. Turn east at the northern end of Bald Hills Road onto the sealed road for a great downhill run.

If you have time, explore some of the other country lanes along the way.

Top up with coffee and replace your spent calories at:

  • The Nest Café
  • Dingers Take away, 
  • Crows Nest Bakery, and
  • The Curly Carrot (at the Crows Nest Tourist Park)

Check out:

  • Jimmy Crow in Centenary Park,
  • Crows Nest Community Art & Craft Shop,
  • Crows Nest Cordials, and
  • The Grand Old Crow Pub.

There is a well stocked IGA which is open 7 days a week as are Crows Nest Fuel supplies.

     

    Bald Hills Jaunt
    Start / end

    Crows Nest township, or 

    Bus stop cnr New England Highway and Pechey Maclagan Road

    Length 22.3 km
    Elevation gain 345 metres
    Time to ride 1 – 3 hours
    Trail difficulty rating

    Easy / Intermediate      

    Includes some steep climbs and descents

    Toilets Crows Nest town square
    Link https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39249709
    Remember

    Your safety is your responsibility

    Let someone know of your riding plans

    Take plenty of water

    Pack a puncture repair kit & pump

    Be seen and be safe