Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre Brisbane

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Kirsty
    9 months ago

    What a hidden gem! This is such a fantastic, affordable place to go for the day! Only about $8 entry for an adult and you get to see so many cute animals!! They are all well looked after too. There's a few activities you can do down by the water too such as swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding for a small fee. A great day out for all ages!

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Colleen Vaccaro
    a year ago

    It seems like a great place to bring kids of any age with a wide range of activities. There's various hiking trials which seem very accessible (paved or gravel with minimum steps) and very in length. The reservoir for swimming and paddle craft (which was temporarily closed to swimmers from the recent floods). Paddle craft could be rented as well. There were also bike trials and even a food court and exhibit. Toilet facilities can be found near the admissions office.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Diego Torres
    a year ago

    Wonderful place not too far away from the city. Great activities here include hiking, kayaking, stand paddling, swimming, and mountain biking, or just to sit down with picknic basket and enjoy the fresh air and the relaxing views. It is family friendly, and it is easy to get there by car or public transport.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Katherine Lynch
    a year ago

    Kayak hire is available, both double and single are available for families. 25$ for 1 hour for a single, 30$ for 1.5 hours for a single. You can book in advance through the website. Stand up paddleboards are also available for hire. Access from the road is a fair way so be weary when you need to carry heavy watercraft. Perfect place to swim with a roped off area to prevent waterfront from entering into the swimming area. Lots of walking tracks around. Also a large dam wall to view from the kayak or the road. No dogs are allowed sadly due to national park status. Thirty minute drive from Brisbane city through the gap. Nice rotunda for weddings also with a lake view. Weddings also have a wedding room near the main Cafe area. The main Cafe has coffee and biscuits and also full meals to order such as fish and chips. Great place for large groups to visit or families. Great on a sunny Brisbane day.

  • 3stars, rated out of 5 Taryn Elphick
    6 months ago

    Hidden bush gem. Great place to have a coffee and my little kids loved the animals. Shame about the terrible weed problem :( there are cool bike tracks down the back but they are completely unusable as they have been taken over by weeds.

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Visiting Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre

Our Park Rangers look forward to welcoming visitors to the park. As part of our COVID Safe Plan, we have a number of COVID safe practices implemented across the site. Please ensure these practices are followed for everyone’s safety. Photo credit: Anna Osetroff

Swim, kayak or canoe in the Enoggera Reservoir. Photo credit: Courtney Adamson © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Why Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is the hidden gem Brisbane families love

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is a hidden gem right on Brisbane’s doorstep! Hidden in plain sight, that is! Photo credit: Tomek Z Genek © Queensland Government

Things to do

    Visitor Centre

    Head into the Visitor Centre where informative displays and our knowledgeable park rangers will help you discover what’s special about Queensland’s National Parks.

    Browse through our gift shop for that special gift and before heading out stop by the virtual lookout showcasing magnificent views and inspiring landscapes of Queensland’s spectacular national parks! The Visitor Centre is open 9am–4pm daily (except Christmas and Anzac day).

    For more information on all that Walkabout Creek offers check out the park map (PDF, 23.0MB) .

    Wildlife Centre

    All entry must be pre-booked online to guarantee admission.

    Discover some of the weird and wonderful wildlife that inhabits Queensland’s national parks. Explore on your own or join our park rangers at the daily feeding sessions—ask for times in the Visitor Centre.

    We are excited to announce that we are now also holding daily educational ranger talks for the species listed below:

    • 11am : Wombat
    • 1pm: Estuarine Crocodile
    • 2pm: Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo

    Be astounded by South East Queensland’s incredible biodiversity as you learn some quirky and interesting facts about our reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and more! You are guaranteed to leave with a renewed sense of wonder about our native wildlife, a better understanding of the important role Queensland’s national parks play in conservation and protection of our unique flora and fauna, and ways you can help.

    The Wildlife Centre is open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on Anzac Day.

    Please read our Conditions of entry (PDF, 909.1KB) before your visit.

    Admission tickets (single visit)Price
    Adult $8.60
    Concession (tertiary students, pensioners, concession card holders) * $5.90
    Child (4 to 17 years inclusive) $4.10
    Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) $22.15
    Child (under 4) Free
    Companion Card * Free

    Prices include GST, updated on 1 July each year.
    * Concession entry requires a valid Australian concession card to be presented at time of purchase/booking. Holders of a valid Companion Card receive free entry (one companion only), when accompanying a valid Concession Card holder who has purchased an admission ticket.

    Wildlife Discovery Show

    All entry must be pre-booked online to guarantee admission.

    Get up close with some of our scaly, slippery, furry wildlife and learn about their life, unique features and role they play within the wild. The Wildlife Discovery Show is a ranger-led presentation held every Saturday and Sunday at 10.00am and 1.30pm. Your ticket purchase also includes same-day admission into our Wildlife Centre.

    Concession *$13.30
    Child (4 to 17 years inclusive)$11.05
    Family (2 adults and up to 2 children)$45.00
    Companion Card * Free

    Prices include GST, updated on 1 July every year.
    * Concession entry requires a valid Australian concession card to be presented at entry. Holders of a valid Companion Card receive free entry (one companion only), when accompanying a valid Concession Card holder who has purchased an admission ticket.

    Children standing in the shallows of Enoggera Reservoir.

    Discover the tranquility of Enoggera Reservoir.

    Photo credit: Pawell Krawczynski, Queensland Government

    Café, function centre and venue hire

    Need a short break, stop by the Walkabout Creek Café for a relaxing coffee or a bite to eat up on the new deck!

    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.

    Walk, swim and paddle

    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.
    Experienced mountain bikers can ride the challenging Flow trail at the Mountain Bike Skills Course. Photo: Hannah S.

    Experienced mountain bikers can ride the challenging Flow trail at the Mountain Bike Skills Course. Photo: Hannah S.

    Photo credit: Hannah S

    Cycling and mountain biking

    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.

    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.

    Holiday programs

    View information about upcoming school holiday programs at the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre and the David Fleay Wildlife Park.

    • Information for schools seeking to book an excursions at the department’s Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.

    • The Park Rangers at David Fleay Wildlife Park and Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre present their activities program for the upcoming school holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.