Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

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

From 12pm on Friday 3 July 2020, the maximum number of visitors for Downfall Creek Bushland Centre will be capped at 17 people.​​​​​​

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

School activities will begin at the start of Term 3 and will align with Queensland Education guidelines. Staff and volunteers will operate as per COVID-safe guidelines. Some interactive displays will remain closed. Meeting rooms will be open for bookings with a maximum of 10 people at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre.

Council encourages all visitors to practice 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).


  • 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.


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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