Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre | Brisbane City Council

Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

Brisbane City Council's environment centre, located in Karawatha Forest Park, aims to inform locals and visitors about the environmental significance of the natural area. The Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre provides various interactive experiences, including an insight to the local frog population and a Queensland first nature play space.

Volunteer opportunities are also available. Find out more.

Location, opening hours and events

The centre has free entry and:

What's on

Brisbane City Council's environment centre host a number of events throughout the year. From guided walks to children's activities there's something for everyone.

Check out what's on at the Karawatha Forest and Discovery Centre.


The Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre includes:

  • an interactive floor projection of a frog habitat
  • a sculptural forest discovery area
  • a night-time audio visual experience room
  • a virtual reality experience, which gives you a bird’s-eye view of Karawatha Forest
  • a meeting room and adjacent large outdoor undercover area available for environmental group use
  • free or low-cost events and activities
  • Queensland’s first nature play space which includes water play, climbing features, discovery trails and sculptural artworks
  • sheltered picnic tables
  • free double-plate electric barbeques
  • improved pathways
  • additional public toilets
  • a new car park area providing over 50 additional spaces and coach facilities
  • wheelchair access.

The new environment centre incorporates sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting to flush toilets, and solar panels to offset energy use.

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Artist in Residence

2017 Artist in Residence, Caitlin Franzmann, commenced her residency in May at Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre.

Caitlin is an installation artist working predominantly with sound, sculpture and performance. Caitlin’s work is participatory in nature - inviting visitors to listen, reflect and socially engage.

During her residency, Caitlin will be inviting visitors to slow down, awaken their senses and join her in exploring the unique flora and fauna of the forest through a series of conversations, workshops and sonic events. Caitlin will also be researching, interviewing guests and gathering field recordings to develop a sound work that will guide listeners on a mysterious journey through Karawatha Forest.

Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the National Gallery of Victoria, Institute of Modern Art, MPavilion, residencies at Yogyakarta and Asialink Istanbul.

Free workshops and monthly podcasts for all ages will take place to increase visitor understanding and appreciation of Brisbane's natural environment and enhance the visitor experience. Visit events and activities at Environment Centres for more details.

View images from Caitlin's residency in this slideshow. Alternatively, view the images in Council's Flickr account.

Artist in Residence - Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

Previous residencies

Simone Eisler - 2016

Simone Eisler completed a residency at Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre in Round 1 - 2016. To create sculptural artworks Simone works with natural materials including leaves, sticks, bones, seeds, rocks, fish scales, shells and feathers. She has achieved an extensive exhibition profile in Australia and overseas, including Berlin, Paris, India and Malta. Her art resides in private and public collections and she has completed a number of public art commissions for both private and government clients.

During her six months residency at the Karawatha Forest, Simone opened her workshop to the general public sharing her progress and works. She delivered 17 workshops to children and adults, including; ephemeral art, natural collages, wire creations, natural brooches and clay forest creatures.


Environment Centres Volunteer Program

You can help raise awareness about our reserves and encourage positive environmental outcomes while enjoying the company of other volunteers by joining our Volunteer Program. A variety of volunteering opportunities is 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.
20 November 2017