Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

815 Rode Road, McDowall, QLD, 4032 07 3407 2400
Wheelchair accessible
Meeting rooms
Public toilets

From 1am on Friday 22 January 2021, the maximum number of visitors for Downfall Creek Bushland Centre will be capped at 20 people.

As from 1am on 22 January 2021, in accordance with Queensland Government guidelines, it is no longer mandatory for visitors aged 12 and above to wear a mask when inside indoor Council venues.

All events and activities must be booked online to ensure adequate social distancing.

School activities are now being delivered as per Queensland Education guidelines. Staff and volunteers are operating under our school COVID-safe plans, that are provided to all schools once booked.

Check our Coronavirus: Council updates and impacts page for latest updates, cancelled events and venue closures

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.

While at the centre, explore with the Agents of Discovery mobile game by downloading the free app (Google PlayApple Store).


  • Information desk
  • Display area
  • Playground
  • Half-court basketball court
  • Sheltered picnic tables
  • Barbecue
  • Educational trail
  • Community composting hub
  • Native plants program nursery
  • Bike tracks
  • Walking tracks
  • Car park
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Meeting rooms
  • Public toilets
The Mountains to Mangroves' Senses Trail includes wheelchair access, continuous handrail and interpretive signs, including braille and raised text. The major bike and walking tracks are also wheelchair accessible.

Opening hours

  • Monday: 9am-4pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-4pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-4pm
  • Thursday: 9am-4pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

The Free Native Plants Program nursery is open 9am-4pm, Monday-Thursday.

The centre is also closed on public holidays.

Meeting rooms

The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre has one meeting room available for hire by local not for profit community groups, organisations and for corporate use. Groups can meet in relaxed and natural bushland setting, close to parking and amenities. The room is not available for parties or other events. 

Visit Community and corporate resources to find out more about the facilities, fees and how to make a booking.

Free Native Plants program nursery

Council’s Free Native Plants program offers a range of plants to assist the community to plant and green their properties. The nursery at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is open 9am–4pm Monday to Thursday and the native species provided through the program will help grow our city’s urban forest and support local wildlife.

Visit this centre or Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre with your paid rates notice from the current financial year, or written authority from the property owner or property manager dated in the current financial year. You will receive two free native plants from the Council display stand. Find out more about the Free Native Plants program.


You can help raise awareness about our reserves and encourage positive environmental outcomes while enjoying the company of other volunteers by joining our Volunteer Program.

A variety of volunteering opportunities is available including:

  • greeter and administrative positions, including project and workshop delivery
  • forest guides to lead group walks
  • event and activity support, including environmental educational and advocacy.


More information

Our environment centres also offer curriculum-based Environmental Learning Program for schools. 

While at the centre you can also 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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Upcoming events

Thu 28 Jan 2021, 7:30am

Enjoy forest bathing yoga in native bushland of downfall creek. Immerse yourself in nature, your breath and body while you gain strength and flexibility...

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall

Tue 2 Feb 2021, 10:00am

Parents and carers can enjoy a range of nature-based sensory play and activities to keep children entertained and engaged with their natural surroundings in the...

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

Thu 4 Feb 2021, 7:30am

Enjoy forest bathing yoga in native bushland of downfall creek. Immerse yourself in nature, your breath and body while you gain strength and flexibility...

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall