Welcome to Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre—your gateway to Queensland's national parks
Summer Holiday Program: 11–27 January 2020
Everyone can have an adventure of the natural kind these summer holidays at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre! Join our Park Rangers and become Insect Investigators, learn about deadly venomous creatures, or for something different, try your hand at some animal artwork! For something more active, join us for an early morning birdwatching paddle on Enoggera Reservoir or, if you’re a family of night-flyers, come along to our Wildlife at Night tour! Whatever your interests, there are fun activities for the whole family this summer!
Find out more about our activities program.
- Go wild at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
- Wildlife Centre
- Explore Brisbane's backyard and connect with Queensland's national parks
- Getting there and getting around
- Information centre
- Capturing kid's imaginations
- Nature Play
- Walk, swim and paddle
- Cycling and mountain biking
- Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre and the Walkabout Creek Cafe
- Other Gateway Visitor Centres
Go wild at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
Right on the doorstep of Brisbane’s closest national park—D’Aguilar National Park—Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is the perfect gateway to Queensland’s diverse and beautiful national parks. 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.
At the Wildlife Centre, you’ll discover some of the weird and wonderful inhabitants of Queensland’s national parks. Explore on your own or join our expert Park Rangers at the daily platypus feeding sessions or weekend Wildlife Discovery Show.
Our Nature Play areas are fun for adventurous kids of all ages. Take time for a rejuvenating hike around Enoggera Reservoir, a scenic picnic beside the water or enjoy a refreshing swim or kayak. If mountain biking is more your thing, develop your skills on our specialised course or pedal off on a trail into D’Aguilar National Park.
Download the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre map and activities guide to help you plan your day.
In the Wildlife Centre you can view wildlife in natural exhibits that replicate their actual habitat. It is almost as good as seeing them ‘in the wild’! Be astounded by South East Queensland’s biodiversity!
The centre is home to reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals. Glimpse some of our shy nocturnal animals in the nocturnal-house and encounter some of our rarer native animals, such as the common wombat and the centre’s most famed attraction the platypus in the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool.
You are guaranteed to leave with a renewed sense of wonder about our native wildlife and a better understanding of their conservation value and perhaps even ways you can help.
Gondwana Platypus Rockpool
Step back in time to Southeast Queensland’s ancient rainforests—the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool—home to the platypus. This new display is inspired by the spectacular national parks that form the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and offers a wonderful opportunity to view this most elusive mammal up-close and personal.
Watch in wonder as our platypus dives for crayfish and worms before returning to the surface to play and preen on his favourite rock ledge.
When you arrive at the Information Centre make sure you check at the front counter for daily feeding times so you can enjoy a ranger–led feeding presentation and learn more about this incredible mammal.
Opening hours and admission prices
The Wildlife Centre is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, seven days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day.
Admission prices for the Wildlife Centre are:
Price (single visit)
Concession (tertiary students, pensioners, concession card holders) *
Children (4 to 17 years inclusive)
Family (2 adults and up to 2 children)
* Valid card must be presented at time of purchase.
We offer special admission prices for group bookings made a minimum of seven (7) days in advance with a minimum group size of 10. All group bookings are a self-guided visit. Add-on packages including Ranger experiences, wildlife presentations and/or catering options are available.
Group Rate available to community organisations, schools and tertiary education, english language schools, birthday parties, special events, vacation care, any group of seniors or concession card holders. Inbound Tour applicable to local, regional, domestic and inbound tourism operators. One group leader or bus driver included free of charge for group rate and inbound tour bookings.
Prices include GST. Fees and charges are updated on the first of July every year and are subject to change without notice.
Phone: (07) 3164 3600
Explore Brisbane's backyard and connect with Queensland's national parks
What will you discover? Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.
Discover what Queensland’s national parks have to offer at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. Drop into the Information Centre to find out about the varied experiences on offer in D’Aguilar National Park and beyond. While you’re there, take advantage of the spectacular panoramic viewing experience at the Virtual Lookout viewing platform showcasing national parks all over Queensland.
Discover diverse wildlife at the Wildlife Centre where you can see and learn about some of the fascinating animals that call our national parks home. Watch the antics of the world’s most fascinating mammal—the platypus, and bring the kids face-to-face with an estuarine crocodile and other Queensland 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 Café 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 Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.
Getting there and getting around
- Find us on Google maps
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is located at 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap, only 12km from Brisbane’s city centre. If travelling by public transport, take the 385 bus from the city to The Gap Park and Ride, then walk 800 metres up the hill, cutting between the Heritage houses to avoid walking along Waterworks Road. There is limited parking at the centre.
The Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is wheelchair accessible with assistance.
The Information Centre showcases many of Queensland’s national parks through a Virtual Lookout featuring magnificent sights and inspiring landscapes! 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.
Chat with our friendly staff for more information on D’Aguilar National Park, and obtain a copy of the Welcome to Walkabout Creek Discovery Guide brochure.
The Information Centre is open from 9.00am to 4.15pm, seven days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day.
Capturing kid's imaginations
Learn about the wildlife in your backyard. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre has daily animal feeding sessions and wildlife talks given by rangers. You can watch the platypus dive to the bottom of the Gondwana rockpool and use its bill to detect and seize food before bringing it to the surface to eat. Learn more about this and other fascinating animals during a ranger-led talk.
Please check with the Information Centre for current feeding times and ranger talks.
Wildlife Discovery Show
You can always smile at OUR crocodile! Get up close with animals (some scaly, some soft!) from the Wildlife Centre and learn how our Park Rangers care for our animals and Queensland’s national parks. The Wildlife Discovery Show is a ranger-led presentation offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00am and 1.30pm. Your ticket purchase also includes same-day admission into our Wildlife Centre, so you can explore at any time before or after the show.
- Adults $15.80
- Concession $12.60
- Children (4 to 17 years inclusive) $10.50
- Family $36.80 (a family pass includes two adults and two children)
Fill your Nature Play passport with lots of stamps when visiting Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.
Your adventure starts as soon as you walk through the door. Make Nature Play part of your mission when visiting the centre—look for the missions and be sure to get your passport stamped.
Nature Play Queensland’s mission is to increase the time Queensland kids spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre offers lots of areas to explore—tall eucalypt trees to look for animal scratch marks, the Enoggera Reservoir to spy on small pond life and many rocks and logs to clamber over. Allow plenty of time to complete your fun Nature Play missions.
Enquire at the Information Centre front counter for a new passport if you are just starting out, or to get your passport stamped if you have completed your mission.
Walk, swim and paddle
Discover the tranquility of Enoggera Reservoir. Photo: Pawell Krawczynski, Queensland Government.
There's more to Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre than meets the eye. Situated near the century-old Enoggera Reservoir, there are many ways to enjoy Brisbane’s backyard. Explore the natural surroundings on foot, on a bike or in, or on the water—all within easy reach of the centre.
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.
The Enoggera Reservoir is open from 6am to 6pm daily. 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.
Dogs are not permitted at the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, which includes walking tracks, the paddle craft launch area and beach.
Walkabout Creek Adventures
Want to explore our pathways and waterways but don’t have your own equipment? Walkabout Creek Adventures offer Segway, kayak, stand up paddle boards and mountain bikes for hire! Now you can glide, paddle and cycle around to your heart’s content. Walkabout Creek Adventures are open daily on school holidays, weekends and public holidays. You can also catch them Thursdays and Fridays on site, just near the Enoggera Reservoir beach. For more information visit Walkabout Creek Adventures.
Make it a day to remember
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.
Paddle safety tips
- Always supervise your children near and on the water. This is an unsupervised waterbody.
- 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 and bathers.
- Wear a life jacket or personal floatation device—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
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 at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. There are trails to build skills in people of all ages and abilities, so come and give it a go!
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.
Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre and the Walkabout Creek Cafe
The Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre provides a unique and secluded setting for conferences, functions and weddings. Contact the Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre for more information.
Located at Walkabout Creek and open seven days a week, the Walkabout Creek Café has a menu offering a selection of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. Picnic hampers can be ordered in advance and enjoyed on the picnic lawn overlooking the Reservoir.
Other Gateway Visitor Centres
Visit 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.
Visit Mon Repos Turtle Centre at Bargara in Bundaberg. Learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken at Mon Repos 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).