Brisbane Forest Park
Brisbane Forest Park, which is located on part of the D’Aguilar Range, is a large nature reserve on the western boundary of Brisbane, bordering on the Mount Coot-tha Reserve. Brisbane Forest Park supports plants and animals and is essential to their survival. The entrance is located in the suburb of The Gap.
The Walk-About Creek Wildlife Centre (at the Mount Nebo Road, The Gap, entrance) has an information and education centre for Australian wildlife, a large walk-through aviary, aquariums and enclosures for wildlife (including a section for Australian nocturnal animals).
Stroll through the bush at Brisbane’s doorstep and experience the beauty of Brisbane’s subtropical rainforest, fresh mountain air, spectacular views and towering trees. You can walk along winding tracks, picnic in a quiet spot, take a scenic drive through eucalypt forest or go birdwatching.
Wildlife on display at the includes Australian native birds, a Platypus, Sugar Glider, Wallabies, Pademelons, Wombat, Yellow-bellied Glider, Spotted Quoll, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Snakes, Lizards, and Turtles.
It is accessible easily by car, as well as by Brisbane Transport’s Bus (route 385) to The Gap from the CBD, hourly during off-peak times, when Brisbane Forest Park is the final stop (at all other times, Enoggera Reservoir is the final stop on the bus route).
To access the parkland (by car) proceed along Route 31 and follow Musgrave Road through Ashgrove and The Gap until it becomes Mt Nebo Road. Continue along Mt Nebo Road until, after approximately 12 km, you reach the Brisbane Forest Park Information Centre. Stop and collect all up-to-date information which will assist you on this trip.
Many walks are possible in the Brisbane Forest Park with boardwalks erected to protect the area and to make it easier for the walkers. The walk to Greene’s Falls leads through rainforest to the top of the waterfall.
Flora & FaunaWith dry eucalypt forests contrasting with the lush subtropical rainforest brisbane forest park inhabits a wide range of native animals. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of water dragons basking on sunny rocks, pythons coiled over hanging branches and the unusual Australian lungfishor even see the elusive platypus.
Facilities: BBQ Area, Drinking Water, Picnic Area, Public Toilets, Walking Trails, Restaurant – BYO
Activities: Bushwalking, Cycling, Horse Racing, Picnicking, Tours