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 Thursday from 9am to 4pm
  • closed on Fridays, weekends and public holidays.

What's on

Brisbane City Council's environment centre host a number of events throughout the year. From guided walks to children's activities there's something for everyone.

Check out what's on at the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre.


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
  • playground, public toilets, parking and wheelchair access, a half-court basketball court, sheltered picnic tables and free barbecues
  • Mountains to Mangroves' Senses Trail with wheelchair access, continuous handrail and interpretive signs, including braille and raised text
  • bike and walking tracks (the major tracks are wheelchair accessible)
  • a Community Composting Hub. To use the hub you will need to register online
  • a Free Native Plants Program nursery open 8.30am-4pm. Find out more about the Free Native Plants Program and check your eligibility. 

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.

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre


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).


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

For more information:

Last updated:17 June 2019