Brisbane Koala Bushlands
Brisbane Koala Bushlands are located 15 kilometres south-east of Brisbane's CBD. These bushlands are made up of a network of natural areas including:
- JC Trotter Memorial Park
- Leacroft Road
- Longton Court
- Alperton Road
- Prout Road
- Mt Petrie Road Park
Brisbane Koala Bushlands were set aside primarily to protect significant koala habitat. The majority of the land has been purchased with funds from the Bushland Preservation Levy.
The vegetation communities have considerable significance and include open forest, woodland, riparian forest and heathland. Wildlife that may be seen during the day includes koalas, wallabies, reptiles and a wide array of bird species.
At the Alperton Road visitor node, visitors can enjoy barbecue and picnic facilities. You can learn about koala conservation and handy hints to help spot a koala while on the Stockyard Creek walking track. There is also an interactive wildlife information activity where you can learn about the wildlife sights and sounds in the local area. Toilet facilities are also available. Gates are locked between 6pm and 8am.
Visitors to JC Trotter Memorial Park can enjoy barbecue and picnic facilities and bushwalking.
Brisbane Koala Bushlands has a horse trail designed for horse riders and walkers. Access to the track is from the Alperton Road visitor node.
Things to do
- go koala spotting along the walking tracks
- have a barbecue or picnic and relax among the gum trees and bloodwoods (picnic and electric barbecue facilities are located near the visitor node)
- take a bushwalk along the self-guiding walking track that extends to Stockyard Creek
- ride your horse on the designated riding track from Alperton Road to Redland Shire
- view the flowers – the open forest wildflowers bloom in late winter and spring
- rest and relax down by Stockyard Creek and watch the creek life from the viewing deck and boardwalks
- learn more about koalas and Brisbane’s biodiversity at the visitor node
- go birdwatching
- join one of the regular spotlighting tours
These bushlands are part of the Koala Coast Network that is one of the most important koala habitat areas in Australia. It also extends into parts of Logan City and Redland Shire. The Koala Coast protects between 3000 and 5000 koalas, as well as many other native animals.
The visitor node contains information displays on koala conservation, handy hints to help spot a koala and details on the reserve. Picnic facilities, including electric barbeques, large shelters and toilets are available. A great spot for a family gathering.
Find out about the Brisbane Koala Bushlands tracks or download the track map.
The vegetation communities have considerable regional significance as remnants of the original lowland vegetation found in South East Queensland. Open forest, woodland, riparian forest, and heathland are found throughout this area. Native grasses, herbs, wildflowers, melaleucas, brush box, wattles and scribbly gums are also present.
The primary weeds in Brisbane Koala Bushlands are lantana (Lantana camara) groundsel bush (Baccharis halimifolia) and exotic grasses.
An abundance of wildlife can be found in Brisbane Koala Bushlands including:
- other marsupials
- red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies, bandicoots, greater gliders and squirrel gliders
- pale-headed rosellas, scarlet honeyeaters and sacred kingfishers
- wedge-tailed eagles
- eastern water dragons and eastern long-necked turtles
View the Brisbane Koala Bushlands photo gallery as a slideshow, or view the photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.
Brisbane Koala Bushlands were set aside primarily to protect significant koala habitat. In 1992 the establishment of the bushlands was approved and since then there has been significant and ongoing acquisition of additional properties. The majority of the land has been purchased using funds from the Bushland Preservation Levy, however some land was also kindly donated.
This significant fauna corridor extends to Logan City and Redland Shire.
The bushlands contain many different vegetation communities and habitat for many animals, including part of one of Australia’s most stable koala populations.