Daisy Hill Conservation Park Brisbane

Daisy Hill Koala Bushland

The Queensland Government is developing the next stage of projects as part of its long-term plan to improve the management, use and enjoyment of the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland area. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Anna Osetroff © Queensland Government

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Daisy Hill Koala Bushland project updates

The Queensland Government is working to improve the management, use and enjoyment of the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland area, as outlined in the ten-year Daisy Hill Koala Bushland Directions Paper (PDF, 1.3MB) (2017 to 2027). The Directions Paper was developed with input from a range of stakeholders following an extensive review of use and management, assessment of relevant policy and planning frameworks, and review of recreation and tourism market opportunities.

The government, through the department, subsequently delivered a number of priority projects identified during the planning process as part of the stage one program of works.

2021–2023: Stage two (current) – $2 million

The department is working with a dedicated Daisy Hill Design and Delivery Group, made up of local representatives, to deliver the stage two program of works. The department continues to collaborate with stakeholders, the local community and Traditional Owners to implement the shared long-term vision for the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland area.

The stage two projects include:

  • improved disability and mobility access from the Dennis Road entry to the day-use area
  • additional car parking at the Daisy Hill mountain bike trail hub and a purpose-built horse float parking area that leads to the shared trail network
  • new amenities at the Daisy Hill trail hub
  • improvements to the mountain bike trail and walking track networks—providing new mountain bike trails of varying distances, and user-specific routes to maximise visitor safety and enjoyment.

Construction is expected to be completed by May 2023.

The Daisy Hill Koala Bushland Stage 2 Action Plan—Project Update (PDF, 5.5MB) provides an overview of the first two stages of work, and some proposed future actions, that will deliver on the vision and direction for the conservation park and community recreation hub.

To keep the community informed, this page will be updated with further details about the projects as they are developed.

Contact us if you have a specific enquiry. To ensure our best response:

  • go to ‘Feedback forms’ and select ‘Enquiry’
  • include the words ‘Daisy Hill Stage 2’ in response to the question ‘Which national park, island, water area or suburb is your enquiry about?’
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Paperbark trail.

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Nature Play area.

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Day use area.

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2017–2021: Stage one (complete) – $4.1 million

Stage one projects were developed following community feedback received as part of the Directions Paper consultation. Most the works were completed in 2018 to ensure the Koala Bushland was ready for locals and visitors to enjoy during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and beyond. The key objectives of stage one was to improve visitor access, day use facilities and visitor experiences.

Today, visitors can enjoy the benefits of:

  • improved facilities at the mountain bike trail hub, and new shelters and electric barbecues on both sides of the main day-use area
  • universal access to facilities and walking tracks such as the Disability Discrimination Act compliant car park, toilet blocks, picnic shelter, track linking the car park and day-use area to the Paperbark trail, and a 350m boardwalk
  • new interpretive signs installed on walking tracks and Nature Play interactive games in the lower day-use area, and the revitalised Daisy Hill Koala Centre.

Stage one also included a range of community conservation projects, such as weed management, revegetation, and planting of more than 10,000 native plants, including koala food trees.

Planning was also undertaken during stage one to inform some future stages, including a full mountain-bike trail audit to advise future work on the trail network.