Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

""The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is located at the Raven Street Reserve, part of the Chermside Hills Reserves. At the centre you can view environmental and cultural displays, learn about the reserve's flora and fauna, and discover the importance of preserving the natural areas of our environment.

Location and opening hours

The centre is:

  • located at 815 Rode Road, McDowall. Visit TransLink for bus and train timetables
  • open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4pm
  • closed on weekends, public holidays and may be closed at other times. Phone Brisbane City Council on 07 3403 8888 prior to your visit for current centre and reserve notifications


Facilities at the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre include:

  • an information desk, display area and interpretive material
  • a meeting room with kitchen facilities available for hire to community based organisations, corporate and government groups
  • public toilets, parking and wheelchair access
  • a half-court basketball court
  • sheltered picnic tables and free barbecues
  • Mountains to Mangroves’ playground
  • Mountains to Mangroves' Senses Trail with wheelchair access, continuous handrail and interpretive signage including braille and raised text
  • bike and walking tracks (the major tracks are wheelchair accessible)


People of all ages can use the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre to learn about the Raven Street Reserve and the importance of urban bushlands to the wider environment.

Things to do:

  • walk or ride through the different habitats of Raven Street Reserve
  • take a self-guided walk around the Mountains to Mangroves’ Senses Trail for all ages and abilities
  • have a barbecue or picnic with friends and family while the children play in the playground
  • enjoy bird watching opportunities with 115 bird species having been sighted within the reserve including honeyeaters, treecreepers, pardalotes and lorikeets
  • look for wallabies and other native wildlife resting and feeding within the reserve
  • enjoy the centre's interactive displays, catered to all ages
  • find our about our curriculum-based Environmental Learning Program for schools
  • participate in events and activities
  • walk the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail through the reserve. Before you go, or during your walk, you can download or view the trail map (Word - 1.46Mb).

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You can help look after the reserves while enjoying the company of other volunteers by joining our Volunteer Program. A variety of volunteering opportunities are available including bushcare, interpretive guide and event-based opportunities.

Photo gallery

View the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre photo gallery as a slideshow below, or view photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.

More information

For more information:

15 December 2015