Daisy Hill Koala Centre Reviewed
When the sun is shining, pack the kids in the car and head to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park featuring the Daisy Hill Koala Centre! The interactive koala centre is well known for its hands-on immersive displays and resident koalas, giving kids the best possible space to learn all about this iconic Australian species.
The fun begins as soon as you walk under the welcoming sign marking your arrival at Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Your children will feel the anticipation as they navigate the long boarded walkway through the trees that leads up to the centre.
Make sure to tell the kids to keep an eye out for local wallabies that frequent the grounds around this boardwalk, and see if they can spot the possum boxes hidden in the trees nearby!
Koala sightings assured
As soon as you enter the two gates to the enclosure the kids should easily spot the 4 resident girl koalas. There is also another boy koala inside the centre. Usually found tucked up sleeping in the high branches, or munching lazily on some gum leaves, the two levels of walkways mean the koalas are nice and close for children to enjoy.
Note: These irresistibly cute little residents of the centre aren’t available for cuddles.
Who are the Daisy Hill koalas?
Signs on either side of the path introduce you to the koalas, of which there are now four – Aretha, Molly, Kyra and Jordan, all of whom are cared for by the friendly and chatty rangers who work at the centre. The three females live in the outdoor enclosure, while Jordan lives indoors in his bachelor pad.
The koalas at the centre all have their own story – they’ve all been through some kind of illness or injury which makes them unsuitable for release into the wild.
The Daisy Hill Environment Centre
The Daisy Hill Education Centre features lots of large, colourful displays. The koala centre is perfectly designed for children in terms of height and being hands-on in design. Children will learn all about the plight the koalas in South East Queensland and the ways in which we can all help out.
Throughout their visit, kids will discover everything that makes our koala unique including their life-cycle and their biology. The layout is easy for kids to work their way through, with lots of different exhibits and interactive displays to keep them engaged.
The koala hospital play space
Visitors will learn how to spot a koala in the wild through activities that invite the children to take on the role of koala detectives. Children will also learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of injured koalas and who to call for help such as wildlife rescue.
This learning is further extended in the koala hospital playspace allowing children to apply their learnt skills with fluffy injured toy koalas.
Bushwalking and picnics
Daisy Hill Conservation Park is the perfect way to spend an hour or more with the family either mid-week or on the weekend.
Once you have exhausted all there is to do at the Koala Centre, there is no better way to wind down than by taking that picnic and setting up at one of the many beautiful, shady spots sprinkled within the natural reserve that surrounds it.
This is the first of Queensland’s national parks to include a 790-metre disability-friendly path and wheelchair accessible barbecue to give as many visitors as possible the opportunity to experience all that the Daisy Hill Forest has to offer.
Walking trails at Daisy Hill
While there are many shared tracks (this means they are open to mountain bikes and horses), there are two single-use walkings that are most popular with families, especially those with young children. One is 450 metres and is a disability discrimination act compliant trail which means it is suitable for wheelchairs with some assistance. You can look forward to a lovely cool trail through a Melaleuca Wetland. The second single-use walk is 800 metres winding through open Eucalypt forest.
If you want more information or make group bookings just visit their website here: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/daisyhill-centre/ or by calling them on (07) 3299 1032.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park factsheet
- Daisy Hill Koala Centre is open every day except Christmas, New Years and Good Friday from 10 – 4 pm
- Admission is FREE
- Wildlife Officer talks happen every day at 11 am and 2 pm
- Walkways and ramps on both levels are all accessible by prams, wheelchairs and small children
- The theatre closes each day at 3:15 pm, so it’s a good idea to get to the centre before then as its woodland-decorated interior should not be missed!
- If it has been raining, access to the viewing tower may be closed, so best to wait for a sunny day to make the most of it
- Make sure you pack a picnic and a frisbee and make use of the 435 hectares of Eucalyptus forest that makes up the Daisy Hill Conservation Park.
- The park has numerous picnic tables, wood and electric BBQs and two large cabins with toilets including wheelchair accessible ones.
- Many opportunities for Brisbane Kids to complete outdoor activities filling in their Nature Play Passports.
- There are no cafes onsite so make sure you BYO snacks and drinks
Parents will love
- The shady natural surrounds, perfect for kids to run about and recharge
- The hands-on learning fun in the koala centre
- The accessibility for both wheelchairs, prams and early walkers. Aside from the viewing towers, every aspect of the Environment Centre and conservation park is designed to be accessible
- The BBQ’s and unlimited picnic spots
- The koalas!
Kids will love
- The colourful displays throughout the centre
- The hands-on learning experiences
- Learning how to help koalas in the real world
- The interactive koala hospital play space
- The viewing tower, for a birds-eye view of the centre
- The 4 resident koalas
- The open spaces, the bird songs and the chance to spot a wallaby!
Daisy Hill Koala Centre is located 25km south of Brisbane on Daisy Hill Road in Daisy Hill. Directions to the centre are well signed from the entrance of Daisy Hill Conservation Park and it has a designated car park for guests.
If you loved this wildlife centre then make sure you check out Walkabout Creek, The Gap where you will find another wonderful opportunity to introduce your Brisbane Kids to the native wildlife of Australia.