Brisbane Koala Bushlands

Brisbane Koala Bushlands are located 15 kilometres south-east of Brisbane's CBD. 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

These bushlands are made up of a network of natural areas including: 

  • JC Trotter Memorial Park - includes barbecue, picnic facilities and bushwalking tracks
  • Leacroft Road
  • Longton Court
  • Alperton Road - includes a visitor node with barbecue, picnic facilities and the Stockyard Creek walking track. There is also an interactive wildlife information activity where you can learn about the local koalas and wildlife. Toilet facilities are also available. Gates are locked between 6pm and 8am. There is also access to a horse riding track which continues into Redland Shire.
  • Prout Road
  • Mt Petrie Road Park

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.

Walking track information and track map

The Brisbane Koala Bushlands offer a variety of walking tracks. Horse riding is permitted on designated trails within the bushlands.

Download the Brisbane Koala Bushlands track map (PDF - 1.61Mb) to see a map of the bushlands, track locations, grading and length of the tracks.

Alternatively, you can download the accessible version of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands track information (Word - 94kb).

Special features

Koala habitat

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.

Visitor node

The visitor node at Alperton Road 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.

Flora and fauna

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:

  • koalas
  • 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.

Photo gallery

View the Brisbane Koala Bushlands photo gallery as a slideshow, or view the photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.

History

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.

10 February 2017