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.

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.


  • 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.


More information

For more information:

You can also download the:

Watch our new videos


Upcoming events

Thu 23 Sep 2021, 1:30pm

What are those mud blobs in the trees? What animals can be found here? What is the name of that tree? Find out all of these answers and more as you explore the...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

Sat 25 Sep 2021, 9:30am

Come along to Karawatha Forest with your canine fur-baby this July and learn how to be a responsible pet owner while still taking your furry friends on outdoor...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

Sat 25 Sep 2021, 10:00am

Join us on our volunteer-led fun and engaging guided walk along one of the many tracks in Karawatha Forest. Parents, grandparents and carers can relax and learn...

Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre