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Welcome to Walkabout Creek—the bush in Brisbane's backyard

Explore your backyard

What will you discover? Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

What will you discover? Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Explore the best that Brisbane’s backyard has to offer at Walkabout Creek. Drop into the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre to find out about the varied experiences on offer in D’Aguilar National Park. While you’re there, take advantage of the spectacular panoramic viewing experience on a virtual lookout platform that showcases nearby national parks.

Discover diverse wildlife at the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre where you can get up close and personal with some of the fascinating animals that share our backyards, as well as others that are more elusive. Spot numerous birds in the walk-through aviary and watch the antics of the world’s most fascinating mammal—the platypus. Bring the kids face-to-face with a platypus, quoll, wombat or reptile in ‘Wild encounters’, ranger guided talks and tours, 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 Green Tree Frog Café for lunch. You can even plan your wedding or next conference at the Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre!

Getting there and getting around

Walkabout Creek Visitor 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 600m along Waterworks Road. There is limited parking at the centre.

Wheelchair accessibility

The Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre and the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre are both wheelchair accessible with assistance.

Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre

The Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre showcases many of South East 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 visitor centre staff for more information on D’Aguilar National Park, and obtain a copy of the D’Aguilar Range park guide (PDF, 2.6M)* brochure.

Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, seven days a week, with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day.

Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre

The secret life of our platypus is on view at the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool. Photo: Jason Flesser, Queensland Government.

The secret life of our platypus is on view at the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool. Photo: Jason Flesser, Queensland Government.

Meet some nocturnal birds that look like a stick during the day. Photo: Queensland Government.

Meet some nocturnal birds that look like a stick during the day. Photo: Queensland Government.

The endangered spotted-tailed quoll is mainland Australia's largest marsupial carnivore. Photo: Queensland Government.

The endangered spotted-tailed quoll is mainland Australia's largest marsupial carnivore. Photo: Queensland Government.

In the Walkabout Creek 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 wildlife centre is home to reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals. Glimpse some of our shy nocturnal animals in the nocturnal-house and watch birds swooping overhead in the walk-through aviary that replicates the lush subtropical rainforests of the D’Aguilar Range.

The centre is also one of the few places where you can 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 the centre 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 when you visit Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre’s newest exhibit—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 Walkabout Creek Wildlife 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

Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, seven days a week, with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day.

Admission prices for the wildlife centre are:

  • adults $6.80
  • concession $4.65
  • children (4 to 17 years inclusive) $3.30
  • family pass $17.10 (a family pass includes two adults and four children)

Please contact us about tour, group and school concessions.

Capturing kid's imaginations

Learn about the wildlife in your backyard. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Learn about the wildlife in your backyard. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Walkabout Creek Wildlife 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 facinating animals during a ranger-led talk. 

Please check with the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre for current feeding times and ranger talks.

Wild Encounters is a ranger-led presentation offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00am and 1.30pm. Participation is free with a purchased entry into the Wildlife Centre.

Nature Play

Fill your Nature Play passport with lots of stamps when visiting Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Fill your Nature Play passport with lots of stamps when visiting Walkabout Creek Visitor 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 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 Walkabout Creek Visitor 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, cycle, swim and paddle

Discover the tranquility of Enoggera Reservoir. Photo: Leanne White, Queensland Government.

Discover the tranquility of Enoggera Reservoir. Photo: Leanne White, Queensland Government.

Paddling is one way to explore the far reaches of the Enoggera Reservoir. Photo: Leanne White, Queensland Government.

Paddling is one way to explore the far reaches of the Enoggera Reservoir. Photo: Leanne White, Queensland Government.

There's more to Walkabout Creek Visitor 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. Two short walks start at the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre; the Araucaria and Corymbia circuits. Both circuits are suitable for families and require no bushwalking experience. Please take a map or simply follow the signs to return back to the visitor centre.

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.

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 bouys.

Glide your paddle craft silently across the water and enjoy the unfolding landscape. Be on the lookout for freshwater turtles sunning themselves on logs, forest kingfishers perched on branches above the water’s edge or the antics of waterbirds as they squabble over a prized bug or fruiting water plant.

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 in Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre or at the paddle craft launch area and beach.

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.

Connect with nature—activities and events

The Connect with Nature program offers a range of nature-based activities and events every season for adults, children and families in and around parks and forests throughout Brisbane (including activities at Walkabout Creek), the Western Scenic Rim, the Gold Coast and its hinterland as well as David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast.

Connect with nature—school excursions

Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

The Connect with Nature schools program features environmental education activities run in the south-east region (including the option of a visit to the wildlife centre with some activities).

The program is designed to suit the Australian school curriculum and gives students the opportunity to experience Queensland's natural environment and cultural heritage through ranger-guided activities that are engaging and inquiry-based.

Walkabout Creek Conference and Wedding Centre and the Green Tree Frog 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 Green Tree Frog Café has a menu offering a selection of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. A buffet breakfast is available on Sundays—bookings recommended.

Other wildlife parks

Visit David Fleay Wildlife Park, nestled in secluded bushland in the heart of Queensland's Gold Coast.

Learn all about koalas at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre on Brisbane's south-east outskirts.

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Last updated
12 February 2015