Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

149 Acacia Road, Karawatha, QLD, 4117 07 3178 0330
Meeting rooms
Nature play space
Public toilets
Wheelchair accessible

Brisbane City Council's Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is in Karawatha Forest Park. The centre aims to inform locals and visitors about the significance of the natural area, including the local frog population, and includes Queensland's first nature play space.

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


  • Barbecue
  • Car park
  • Display area
  • Community composting hub
  • Hearing loop
  • Information desk
  • Interactive display
  • Meeting rooms
  • Native plants program nursery
  • Nature play space
  • Playground
  • Public toilets
  • Sheltered picnic tables
  • Wheelchair accessible
Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre also includes Queensland’s first nature play space which includes water play, climbing features, discovery trails and sculptural artworks, an interactive floor projection of a frog habitat, a sculptural forest discovery area, a night-time audio visual experience room and a virtual reality experience giving a bird’s-eye view of Karawatha Forest.

Opening hours

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

Meeting rooms

The Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre has two meeting rooms available for hire by community groups and organisations and for corporate use for meetings and events. The rooms are not available for parties, individuals or private groups.

Visit our Hiring environment centre meeting rooms page to find out more, including how to make a booking.

Free Native Plants program nursery

The Free Native Plant program nursery will be closed for drainage improvement works from 3-18 May 2022. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by this temporary closure.

Council’s Free Native Plants program offers a range of plants to assist the community to plant and green their properties. The nursery at Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is open 9am–4pm Tuesday–Sunday (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 Downfall Creek Bushland Centre at Chermside West 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 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), fill in the online form.

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


Help raise awareness of our reserves while enjoying the company of other volunteers by joining our Volunteer Program. A variety of volunteering opportunities are 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:

You can also download the:

Walking track information and maps

View or download a copy of the Karawatha Forest Park map, track locations, grading and length of tracks.

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Upcoming events

Wed 29 Jun 2022, 10:00am

Bookings essential. Come along and work against the clock to explore a range of different creative activities focussing on the environment. You will work both...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre, 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha

Thu 30 Jun 2022, 12:30pm

Join the fun and meet live native animals you may find in Brisbane’s bushlands, wetlands, or even your own backyard! Children will have an opportunity to get up...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

Thu 30 Jun 2022, 1:30pm

Join the fun and meet live native animals you may find in Brisbane’s bushlands, wetlands, or even your own backyard! Children will have an opportunity to get up...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

Brisbane City Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and their unique relationship with their ancestral country. We pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of Brisbane, and recognise their strength and wisdom.