Downfall Creek McDowall | Raven Street Reserve
This is a truly special Brisbane park – there’s a playground, nature walks, educational centre for kids, and lots more at this suburban oasis.
Downfall Creek – The Fun
The Downfall Creek playground and bushland centre is part of the Raven Street Reserve, which forms part of the Chermside Hills Reserve.
The playground is a traditional fort style – the ultimate in adventure and fun for preschoolers and primary school aged children. There is also a swing, basketball court and open grassed areas for a variety of play opportunities.
The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is open Monday to Friday and features fish tanks with native fish, information about the local area, and a tactile table with locally found items such as snake skins and bird nests to touch. In the school holidays, the centre’s staff run nature inspired workshops for children.
There are a number of walking tracks through Raven Street Reserve, all of which are achievable with children. Take a short, self-guided walk (wheelchair accessible) around the Mountains to Mangroves’ senses trail, featuring a continuous handrail and interpretive signage with braille and raised text. An audio guide is also available from the centre – photo ID or a deposit is required.
This is a wonderful place to go to give kids a snap shot of the bush. There are 115 possible bird species to spot, as well as animals such as pademelons and wallabies. The fort playground is decorated with animals, birds and creek life that will encourage imaginative play in children.
Special Needs Consideration
The toilets and sensis trail are both wheelchair and pram accessible. There are concrete paths connecting the carpark with the picnic area and walking tracks.
Downfall Creek – The Facts
- Plenty of shady off-street parking available
- Open 7am – 7pm, daily
- Unfenced playground, but away from the road
- Accessible toilet facilities
- Bushwalking tracks
- Gas BBQs
- Several shelters
- Basketball court
Downfall Creek is located at 815 Rode Rd, McDowall.
This park post was updated in 2015.