Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

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

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).

COVID-19 restrictions

Restrictions are in place for South East Queensland. Find out more.

The maximum number of visitors currently permitted in each environment centre building at any one time is limited to:

  • Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre - 100 people
  • Downfall Creek Bushland Centre - 35 people
  • Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre - 100 people.

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

The Free Native Plants Program nursery is open 9am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday (closed public holidays).

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-Thursday (closed public holidays) 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.

Group bookings

The environment centres are open to the public to allow individuals to learn and explore and the natural environment.

If you are seeking a tailored group experience, we can arrange for extra activities subject to staff and volunteer availability.

For more information and to enquire about group bookings (for non-school groups), complete the online form.

If you are enquiring on behalf of a school group, complete the online school learning program booking form.

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 - 1.5Mb).

For more information:

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Upcoming events

Thu 23 Sep 2021, 10:00am
Free

Make memories with your little ones on a guided bushwalk in Raven Street Reserve. Volunteers will lead a fun and engaging guided walk along the Senses Trail and...

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

Thu 23 Sep 2021, 10:00am
Free

Bookings essential. Explore Downfall Creek Bushland Reserve using a bushwalkers GPS and map to find clues and solve puzzles.

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall

Sat 25 Sep 2021, 7:30am

Bookings essential. This popular course will teach you how to change a tyre and keep your bike rolling with basic maintenance tips that will save you money...

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall