The Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (C.R.E.E.C)
The Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (C.R.E.E.C) is an environmental and interpretation centre spread over 18 hectares and is the ideal venue to entertain the children for hours whilst also educating them (and yourselves) about the environment.
C.R.E.E.C – The Fun
Days spent outdoors, at one with nature, are a fabulous way to entertain adults and children alike. From the minute you pull off the road into the carpark you feel surrounded by nature. Decorative murals depicting native animals and plants adorn the buildings, with statues of animals hidden throughout the grounds. The smells and sounds you experience when visiting C.R.E.E.C make you inhale and exhale deeply and remind you how lucky we are to have such spacious, natural environments to spend our recreation time in. Just lying on the grass and watching the planes and birds fly overhead is also a great way to spend some relaxing time.
There are several areas within C.R.E.E.C to explore –
All Abilities Playground
The All Abilities Playground is a fully fenced playground that is bound to entertain the little ones. A series of concrete paths are especially great for those learning to navigate their ‘wheels.’ The flying foxes are the star attraction of this playground, with one flying fox catering for all abilities. Other items include a swing, crawling tunnel, merry-go-round, navigator panel and ball maze, with new items being added. There are several areas to sit, though shade is minimal at this stage as the trees are still maturing. I loved the fact the visibility in the playground area was unobstructed, which is favourable when you have more than one child to keep an eye on.
Fully Fenced Playground
Adjacent to the All Abilities Playground you will find another fully fenced playground which includes the usual playground items such as a slide, climbing frame, sand area and bridges. Most of this play area is covered/shaded and is next to the picnic tables/BBQ facilities.
Selling local native plant species to the public, the Community Nursery also offers advice on plants suited to different locations and soil types, as well as methods for propagation.
Restrooms, including a disabled toilet, are attached to the main building and are easily accessible. Drinking fountains are also available. There are several barbecues and covered picnic tables dotted around the area, making it a great venue for a picnic lunch.
The Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre
The Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre is generally open 9am – 2pm, Monday to Thursday (though it is best to check hours before visiting). A large range of activities are available to the public, free of charge and include art and craft activities, puzzles, books and display boards. On our recent visit, we discovered a separate room, which showcases nocturnal animals and their sounds. The kids loved walking through the display, activating the lights & sounds and spotting different animals each time. Throughout the year a variety of educational programs, School Holiday activities, open days, workshops, conferences and tours are run at C.R.E.E.C with further details being found on their website/Facebook page.
Walking tracks for families
If you want to venture further afield and increase your chances of spotting some wildlife, take a walk amongst the tracks that lead through the sprawling grounds. The tracks range in length from 450m to 1.5km and are on flat ground, making it easy to navigate with little ones (and even prams). Signage along the way point out items of interest, for example, the massive 300-year-old Moreton Bay Fig that is hidden amongst the trees, koala scratchings and a Macadamia plantation. Self-guided walks can be taken at anytime, or if you prefer join one of the many guided walks on offer.
A day out at C.R.E.E.C provides an opportunity for the whole family to explore the great outdoors. Spending time inside the education center is also a great way to learn more about native plants and animals and the environment. The children can move between a range of activities including puzzles, books, art and craft, board games and other educational activities. The display cabinets showcasing a range of butterflies, seeds, snake skins, nests and other bugs can entertain the children with the accompanying magnifying glasses making investigating the intricacies of these items more enjoyable. The playgrounds, walking tracks and large open spaces are a terrific way to encourage young ones to burn off excess energy.
Special Needs Consideration
The paths leading from the carpark and throughout the area are flat and mostly concrete making them easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams. There is a disabled toilet attached to the main building. The All Abilities Playground caters for children of all ages and abilities and enables them to interact with their family and friends, whilst having fun in a safe and stimulating environment.
C.R.E.E.C – The Facts
- Two playgrounds (both fully fenced)
- Picnic Tables (with shade)
- Drinking Fountains
- Toilet Facilities
- Education Centre/Auditorium
- Free Off Street Parking (including bus parking)
- Walking Tracks
- Community Nursery
- The building at C.R.E.E.C can also be hired through MBRC for a fee.
C.R.E.E.C is located approximately 40 km north of the Brisbane CBD, at 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary. To find out more about the Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre, please visit http://www.creec.org.au/, or phone (07) 3888 8751.