Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

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

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.

Increased COVID-19 restrictions from 1am Tuesday 29 June 2021

Increased restrictions are in place for South East Queensland from 1am Tuesday 29 June. 

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


  • Interactive display
  • Information desk
  • Display area
  • Playground
  • Sheltered picnic tables
  • Barbecue
  • Community composting hub
  • Native plants program nursery
  • Car park
  • Nature play space
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Meeting rooms
  • Public toilets
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 environment-focused community groups and organisations for the purpose of meetings and events.

The rooms are not available for parties or other events.

Capacity: 20 people for one meeting room and 40 people for the one large room

For more information and to enquire, fill in the online form.

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 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.


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Upcoming events

Wed 28 Jul 2021, 10:00am

Parents and carers can enjoy a range of nature-based sensory play and activities to keep children entertained and engaged with their natural surroundings in the...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

Fri 30 Jul 2021, 10:00am

Make memories with your little ones on a guided bushwalk in Karawatha Forest Reserve. Volunteers will lead a fun and engaging guided walk around one of the...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

Sat 31 Jul 2021, 8:00am

Reconnect with nature come practice yoga in the forest amongst the trees bringing a sense of movement, grounding and peace. Afterwards explore the reserve...

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