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All camping areas in Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation areas are closed from 26 March 2020 until further notice. Check Park Alerts for more information.

Welcome to Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre—your gateway to Queensland's national parks

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre - INFORMATION CENTRE CLOSED

Due to COVID-19 measures, Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre's information centre will be closed indefinitely from 20 March 2020. The Wildlife Discovery Show, Easter school holiday program and education program have also been cancelled. The wildlife centre remains closed due to redevelopment works for the new function centre and cafe deck.

NOTE: The Araucaria track and nature play nodes on the site remain open.

For latest information on recreational access to Enoggera Reservoir, including the swimming area, please check for updates at SEQ water.

For information on Enoggera Reservoir equipment hire please check for updates on the Walkabout Creek Adventurer website.

For information on the Walkabout Creek Cafe and Function Centre, please check their website.

New café deck – coming soon!

Artist impression of the new covered outdoor deck at the Walkabout Creek Café and Function centre.

Artist impression of the new covered outdoor deck at the Walkabout Creek Café and Function centre.

Get closer to nature on our new covered outdoor deck at the Walkabout Creek Café and Function centre.

  • Expected completion late May 2020.
  • During construction, the Café, deck area and Wildlife Centre will be temporarily closed.
  • A mobile food service (café) is onsite at the loading bay in the entry carpark.
  • The Information Centre remains open and the Wildlife Discovery Show will continue twice daily on weekends. Drop-in and have a chat with our knowledgeable Park Rangers.

Go wild at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre

This bushland oasis in Brisbane’s backyard is perfect for families, friends and visitors to Brisbane. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is your gateway to Queensland’s diverse and beautiful national parks.

The centre is located on the edge of D’Aguilar National Park—a 36,400ha park with eucalypt forest and rainforest that stretches from The Gap to Lake Wivenhoe in the west, and Mount Mee in the north. No other capital city in Australia enjoys a park this large and this diverse, just 12km from the heart of the city.

Our Park Rangers are at the Information Centre ready to share their stories and help you discover all the special, nature-based experiences available to you. While you’re there, take advantage of the spectacular panoramic viewing experience at the Virtual Lookout viewing platform showcasing national parks all over Queensland.

Come face-to-face with some of Queensland’s most beautiful creatures in our Wildlife Discovery Show held every weekend.

Plan a family day out with a walk or cycle around Enoggera Reservoir, and cool off with a dip or a peaceful paddle around the water’s edge.

Bring a picnic or head to the Walkabout Creek Cafe for lunch. You can even plan your wedding or next conference at the Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre!

A QldParks-Wifi hotspot is also available at the Centre.

Download the Discovery Centre Guide (PDF, 1.4M) to help you plan your day.

Information Centre

Start your visit at the Information Centre where informative displays and expert Park Rangers will help you discover what’s special about Queensland’s National Parks.

Browse through our gift shop and stop by the virtual lookout. The lookout showcases many of Queensland’s national parks through a Virtual Lookout featuring magnificent sights and inspiring landscapes!

Chat with our friendly staff for more information on Queensland’s National Parks, obtain a copy of the Discovery Centre Guide (PDF, 1.4M), and local park brochures. Be sure to purchase your tickets to the Wildlife Discovery Show.

Wildlife Discovery Show

Get up close with animals (some scaly, some slippery, some furry!) from the Wildlife Centre and learn how our Park Rangers care for Queensland’s national parks and beautiful wildlife.

The Wildlife Discovery Show is a ranger-led presentation every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00am and 1.30pm.

Ticket

Price

Adult

$7.60

Concession *

$7.00

Children (4 to 17 years inclusive)

$6.60

Family (two adults and two children)

$15.90

* Concession entry requires a valid Australian concession card to be presented at time of purchase/booking. Holders of a Companion Card are eligible for a free entry/ticket for one companion. The holder of the Companion Card will need to buy the appropriate ticket but is eligible for the concession rate with valid identification.

Prices include GST, updated on the first of July every year.

Things to know before you go

How to get there

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is located at 60 Mount Nebo Road, Enoggera Reservoir, only 12km from Brisbane’s city centre.

By car

Follow Waterworks Road from the city. Waterworks Road becomes Mt Nebo Road not far from the entrance to the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. There is limited parking available, especially on weekends, so take a bus if you can.

By bus

From the city, take the 385 bus to The Gap park ‘n’ ride. From here you can walk or ride about 500m along a sealed concrete path to the Information Centre.

Before you visit

  • Leave pets at home. Dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted. This includes the centre and surrounds, all walking tracks, the paddle craft launch area and beach.
  • Take all rubbish home with you. There are no bins on site.
  • Pack sensible footwear—boots or sturdy shoes—to wear when bushwalking.
  • Alcohol can only be consumed in the licensed function centre.
  • Camping onsite is not permitted.
  • Treated drinking water is available at the Information Centre.
  • Access paths are wheelchair accessible with assistance.

Opening hours

  • The Information Centre is open daily from 9.00am to 4.15pm (Closed Christmas Day and open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day).
  • The Enoggera Reservoir is open from 6am to 6pm daily. For more information, visit Seqwater.

Contact details

Phone: (07) 3164 3600

Email:

Walk, swim and paddle

Discover the tranquility of Enoggera Reservoir. Photo: Pawell Krawczynski, Queensland Government.

Discover the tranquility of Enoggera Reservoir. Photo: Pawell Krawczynski, Queensland Government.

Discover what lives near Enoggera Reservoir by strolling along the water’s edge. The Araucaria Track starts next to the swimming area and is suitable for families and requires no bushwalking experience. Please take a map or simply follow the signs to return back to the centre.

Take a dip to cool off—the reservoir not only supports a wealth of plants and animals, it is also a place to paddle, swim, watch wildlife or do nothing more than sit and watch the water ripple. Swim within the designated swimming area that is marked by the large, yellow buoys.

While paddling, be on the lookout for freshwater turtles sunning themselves on logs, forest kingfishers perched on branches above the water’s edge or waterbirds among the lillies.

Remember, paddle quietly and keep this area wild and beautiful. This is an unsupervised water body, please use sound judgment, supervise your children near and on the water and observe all signs.

The reservoir is open to non-motorised paddle craft only. Fishing is permitted in the reservoir but only outside of the designated swimming and paddle craft area. For more information, visit Seqwater.

Walkabout Creek Adventures

Want to explore our pathways and waterways but don’t have your own equipment? Walkabout Creek Adventures has stand up paddleboards, single and double kayaks and mountain bikes for hire.

Open daily on school holidays, weekends and public holidays. You can also catch them Friday to Sunday on site, just near the Enoggera Reservoir beach.

For more information visit Walkabout Creek Adventures.

Paddle Safely

If this is your first time on the water and you’re paddling alone, think twice. Only venture onto this reservoir if you are capable of getting back into your paddle craft if it capsizes.

This reservoir is a constructed water body. Steep drops, poor visibility, muddy banks and weedy shores are some of the challenges. Not all obstacles are signed or identified.

  • This is an unsupervised waterbody. Always supervise your children near and on the water.
  • Launch your paddle craft from the designated launch point—it is shallower and easier for paddlers to enter and exit paddle craft. Paddle outside of the designated swimming area to avoid colliding with swimmers.
  • Wear a life jacket—it could save your life.
  • Keep an eye on the wind. Winds can carry you away from your destination faster that you can paddle, so avoid windy days.
  • Avoid obstacles. Paddling can quickly become tricky if you encounter obstacles such as slippery rocks, deep mud, boulders and tree roots.
  • Paddle within the designated safe areas. Do not paddle beyond the spillway buoys—serious injury may result from entering the restricted area.

Cycling and mountain biking

Conquer a skinny log ride, catch air barrelling down trails or pedal your very first mountain bike trail. Photo: Hannah S. Queensland Government

Conquer a skinny log ride, catch air barrelling down trails or pedal your very first mountain bike trail. Photo: Hannah S. Queensland Government

If you want more action, bring your bikes for a cycle around the reservoir—a leisurely ride through the park is a great way to experience the wonders of the bush! Read more information on mountain bike trails in D’Aguilar National Park to plan your day.

Shred one of four technically-challenging trails at the Mountain Bike Skills Course. There are trails to build skills in people of all ages and abilities, so come and give it a go! Young children must be actively supervised.

Mountain bike skills course safety tips

The skills course includes trails and features rated as difficult by International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) standards. Read signage on site and use the trail classifications to choose rides suitable for your ability and fitness level. Classifications represent the highest level of difficulty and skill required. Riders of any age or experience risk injury using this course. Inexperienced or unskilled riders may have an increased risk of injury.

  • Riders under 13 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • Trails can only be used during daylight.
  • Ride only on trails suited to your skills and experience.
  • Ride at your own risk.

Café, function centre and venue hire

Stop by the Walkabout Creek Café for a coffee or a bite to eat. You can also bring your own picnic and enjoy on our picnic lawn overlooking the reservoir.

The Walkabout Creek Function and Conference Centre provides a unique and secluded setting for conferences, functions and weddings. Contact the Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre for more information.

Explore more Gateway Visitor Centres

Why not take some time to discover other Gateway Visitor Centres in Queensland’s National Parks:

  • David Fleay Wildlife Park nestled in a secluded haven in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. The Park showcases Queensland’s wildlife in beautiful habitat-inspired surrounds.
  • Mon Repos Turtle Centre at Bargara in Bundaberg. Learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken and join a Ranger on a Turtle Encounter to catch a glimpse of a turtle’s world—at least for one night! (operates November – end March).
  • Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a dedicated koala education facility nestled among eucalypt trees just 25km south of Brisbane. Meet our resident koalas, explore the interactive displays and learn about how you can contribute to koala conservation.

Visitor reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars on Google Maps

5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Great place to see wildlife and hear talks from expert rangers. Wildlife shows are interesting and you get to handle different reptiles. Nice informative displays and easy to see wildlife care in neat enclosures. Highly recommended.

—Michael Curry

4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Great place to kayak and swim. Little cafe also very good. Had the BLT Turkish bread toastie which was delicious, and coffee very nice

—cheryl Verdon

5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Excellent place for tourists and locals alike. Great collection of flaura and fauna. Reservoir is great on a warm day too

—Stephen Kress

5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Very nice place to for adults and children alike. Beautiful animals. Very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff. Will go again👍

—Jaco van Loggerenberg

5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

They have kangaroos, wallabies, an emu and a wombat, quite a few snakes and lizards and frogs, but the real highlight is the platypus! It's only a small centre but if you take your time and enjoy everything you can spend a good hour looking at the animals. Don't expect Australia zoo and you won't be disappointed.

—Paul G

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Last updated
20 March 2020