Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

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

From 9am on Tuesday 12 January 2021, the maximum number of visitors for Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre will be capped at 20 people until further notice.

Until 1am on 22 January 2021, in accordance with Queensland Government guidelines, it is mandatory for visitors aged 12 and above to wear a mask at all times when inside indoor Council venues.

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

School activities are now being delivered as per Queensland Education guidelines. Staff and volunteers are operating under our school COVID-safe plans, that are provided to all schools once booked.

Check our Coronavirus: Council updates and impacts page for latest updates, cancelled events and venue closures.

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).


  • 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: 10 people for one meeting room and 20 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 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, fill in the online 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

Thu 21 Jan 2021, 10:00am

Bookings essential. Get wet and keep cool at this ACTivate Water Fun session. Come along and participate in lots of interactive games, relays and active and...

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

Sat 30 Jan 2021, 8:00am

Reconnect with nature, relax, meet new people and enjoy yoga in the peaceful green surrounds of Karawatha Forest. Afterwards explore the reserve and visit the...

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

Tue 2 Feb 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