Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

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

The current maximum number of visitors for Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is capped at 17 people.​​​​

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

School activities are now being delivered in accordance with Queensland Education guidelines. Staff and volunteers operate under our school COVID Safe plans. A copy is provided to schools upon booking.

Some interactive displays remain closed. Meeting rooms are open for bookings with a maximum of 10 people.

Council encourages all visitors to practise safe social distancing when visiting our environment centres and natural areas. 

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).

Facilities

  • 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.

Volunteering

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.

Location

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

Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10:00am
Booked out

**This event is booked out.** Parents and carers can enjoy a range of nature-based sensory play and activities to keep children entertained and engaged within...

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

Thu 29 Oct 2020, 7:30am
Free

Bookings essential. Enjoy yoga and mindfulness in the bush. A chance to start your day really refreshed within nature.

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall

Thu 29 Oct 2020, 10:00am
Free

Children will be encouraged to follow their senses in the surroundings of Raven Street Reserve to create imaginative and decorative art and craft, using natural...

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre