Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

Brisbane City Council's newest 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:


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

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. 

Applications for the 2017 Round Two Artist in Residence Program will close at 11.59pm on Monday 6 March 2017.

For further information and how to apply, please click on the following documents.

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We are looking for volunteers to join a flexible roster and help to lead nature walks, greet and interact with centre visitors, learn about the forest’s unique flora and fauna and help with interactive projects. A formal qualification is not needed to become a volunteer, but good social and communication skills are important. 

Role opportunities

Volunteer role opportunities include:

  • leadership and administrative positions
  • greeting guests and facility representatives
  • project work including helping to create and deliver programs
  • forest guides to lead group walks and facilitate nature spotting
  • special projects and events.

More information or to volunteer

To volunteer or to make enquiries:

08 March 2017