Where is it: 15kms south of the CBD, Brisbane
Why we love it: A beautiful relaxing bushwalk through some natural bushland - and if you're lucky you might get to spot a koala or two!
Tell me more: Brisbane's Koala Bushlands cover a large area of bushland in the southern area of the city, and provide a hugely important refuge not only for koalas, but for all native animals! There are a number of walking tracks at a few different locations as well as picnic areas and information displays! The walking tracks are well maintained - some are sealed, and the walks are all relatively easy to tackle - quite pleasant in the cooler months but as you can imagine in summer the middle of the day might be a challenge! We checked out the Stockyard Creek walking trail and we loved it, even though you can't be guaranteed of spotting a koala (if you really need to see one, head along to Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary). Part of the fun is waiting in anticipation of spotting one, or challenging the kids to be the first to find one or any other interesting wildlife - lots of birds, insects, spiders and occasional creature from the kangaroo family (wallabies, pademelons and the like)! In the end we did manage to spot a koala - right near the end of the walk! The kids were really excited and it made for an great end to a fun and relaxing walk!
There's lots of bushland in and around Brisbane - we have some great spots of natural vegetation to escape the city life. But with every urban location, we do have some problems. With the way that a city grows, it's very hard to maintain continuous corridors of bushland, and so the wildlife that lives in the bush can be heavily impacted, particularly when travelling from one protected area to another. Which is why spots like the Brisbane Koala Bushlands and Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary are so important, both for refuge for the animals and to provide an education resource for all of us. We decided to pay a visit to Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary for a bit of education, check out a koala or two and generally just have a nice relaxing time away in the bush!
Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary is located about 25kms south of Brisbane in the suburb of Daisy Hill, Logan. An easy drive (depending on the time of course!) down the M1 from Brisbane, and you'll find plenty of parking there once you arrive. It's a convenient and easy way to escape the city and get back to the bush. Plus there's the added benefit of being able to get up close to a koala! But don't worry too much about not finding one in the bushland (koalas can be quite tricky to find in the wild!), as they generally have one or two koalas at the centre!
The sanctuary is managed by the Department of Environment and deliver the activities and programs that you will find. They run organise sessions for schools and groups but for our visit we just turned up and had a casual look around. Even if you don't want to get involved in the activities, it's a really nice and quiet spot just to get away from it all with plenty of room to lay down your picnic blanket. There's a wooden boardwalk that leads up to the Koala Centre which winds its way through typical gum forest which makes it really easy if you are pushing a pram - there's also a good chance of spotting a bit of wildlife on the way, so keep your eyes peeled! The boardwalk fits in really well with the bush and the design of the centre does as well - it really looks at home in its setting and doesn't detract from the bushland.
Once you arrive at the Koala Centre you are presented with a wealth of information about our national furry treasures and heaps of tips on how best we can all contribute to making sure that they have the best chance of surviving side-by-side with our suburbs. We are so lucky to have such a big portion of land set aside just for koalas! There's lots of written information and some displays as well. Another really awesome feature of the koala centre is the observation tower which gives you a 'koala's eye' view of their habitat!
Another really great facility here in Brisbane! It's so important that we can protect our native wildlife and the more awareness that people have the better! Hopefully sites like these can ensure that our little kids can grow up knowing that we all played our part in making sure that we can all continue to see these great creatures in the wild! These areas are also great for switching off (just for a little while) from our busy city lives for a few hours!
Amenities: Great facilities and well maintained! 👍👍👍
Cost: Visit for free, donations to support their cause is appreciated! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: No problems with parking! 👍👍👍👍
Access: The facilities are well looked after and very accessible! 👍👍👍
Entertainment: More of a place to chill out, rather than to be entertained! Although you will get excited if you spot a wild koala! 👍👍
Best for: Toddler age and above will enjoy this - the adults will also get heaps of info! 👍👍👍
Wildlife: Some wallabies and birds and koalas of course! 👍👍👍
Summary: It would be great if koalas were so abundant and we didn't need places like this, however as Brisbane has been built up in a prime koala location, we are really lucky that so many people are putting in such an effort to protect these wonderful animals! Definitely a place to stop by! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: The resident koalas are not always available to see - call the centre before you visit to make sure you get to see them!
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