Tucked away in the leafy suburb of The Gap, is the beautiful Enoggera Reservoir. Previously known as the Enoggera Dam, this expanse of water has been part of the local landscape since 1866. Recently, SEQ Water opened it up for recreational use – making it a wonderful place for Brisbane families to visit.
Things to do at Enoggera Reservoir
The Enoggera Reserve and Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre offers an oasis for families and friends looking for a fun day out in a beautiful natural setting only 12 kms north of the CBD. While there are no picnic tables, barbecues or toilets (yet!), there is still plenty for families to do at Enoggera Reservoir. You can enjoy a picnic along the sandy shore of the dam, have a swim in the calm waters, bring your canoe or kayak for a peaceful paddle, or walk the track around the perimeter of the dam. At this beautiful location you may even spot a platypus, kingfisher or water bird. You can even throw in a line and try your luck at fishing.
Century-old Enoggera Reserve is a haven for water and nature lovers of all ages. A short walk from the carpark leads you to a grassy foreshore sloping gently down to a designated swimming beach, the lawn is dotted with tall trees and is a perfect spot for picnicking or lazing by the water.
From this point, there are a few family-friendly walks. The 400m pram and wheelchair accessible hillside track links this popular area to the Events Lawn, toilets and the Mountain Bike Skills course. Here, 4 purpose-built bike tracks, (2 for beginners and 2 for the more technically savvy) caters for all ages and abilities. There are also trails heading off into the National Park or around the reservoir if you are wanting a longer ride.
The waterside track leads you back from the Events lawn to the swimming area along the edge of the reservoir, it is a relaxed, short stroll perfect for the little ones. You can stop along the way at the Dinosaur Dig Sandpit where there is a trove of prehistoric relics and fossils treasures to uncover.
The Araucaria track is a 5km loop. At 2 hours walking time, this family-friendly trail follows along the reservoir bank before circling back through a giant hoop pine forest. There is abundant birdlife and a chance to spot freshwater turtles amongst the lily pads.
After all that walking the perfect place to be is in the water. The swimming area has a sand entrance and is roped off with yellow pontoons to provide a child-friendly area to swim, float on inflatables or paddle a small kayak. Please note, the area is NOT patrolled and so supervision of your children is essential. Recreationalists make the most of this park and on any given day you will see paddle boarders, kayaks and swimmers out beyond the ropes exploring the natural and incredibly tranquil beauty of the area. On the holidays, weekends and Summer months this peaceful pocket transforms into a playground and it can get quite busy and bursts with a joyful holiday atmosphere.
There is access from the carpark for watercraft and if you don’t have your own, kayaks, paddleboards, mountain bikes and mini Segway’s are available to hire. Visit www.walkaboutcreekadventures.com.au for prices and options. No motorised watercraft are allowed on the reservoir.
More fun for families at nearby Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre
Right next to the Enogerra Reservoir is Walkabout Creek Visitor and Wildlife Centre and the Green Tree Frog Cafe. Walkabout Creek forms part of the impressive D’Aguilar National Park, and two short bushwalks leave from the visitor centre. There are also toilet facilities in the centre, should you need them.
Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre is an informative and interactive experience that the whole family will enjoy. Sweeping panoramic displays on entry give a bird’s eye view of the neighbouring National Park and information on all it has to offer.
There are lots of animals that live within the centre and visitors are able to get up close and see quolls, snakes, freshwater crocodiles, birds, platypus and fish in their viewing friendly habitats. Join the Park Rangers for the twice-daily platypus feed or at one of the weekend Discovery Shows to get to know the resident reptiles a little better. Outside amongst the bushland, you can wander at your leisure through the kangaroo and wombat enclosure.
There is a café on site with a comprehensive menu for morning and afternoon tea or lunch and on weekends it extends to offer a delicious breakfast option. You can enjoy your coffee and scones out on the veranda with views over the Reservoir or take your own picnic to enjoy by the water’s edge.
Getting to Enoggera Reservoir
The Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is 12kms from Brisbane CBD on Mt Nebo Road in the Gap. There is parking on site, although it can get busy during peak times and in summer months. The Information Centre and Wildlife Centre are wheelchair friendly.
Enoggera Reservoir is open from 6am until 6pm and is unpatrolled.
If taking the bus, take route 385 from the City to The Gap Park and Ride and walk 600 m along Waterworks Road.
For more information visit https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/daguilar/walkabout-creek.html.
Opening hours and admission prices
The Wildlife Centre at Walkabout Creek is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, seven days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day. The wildlife centre has toilets and a café onsite open from 10am-2pm weekdays and on weekends 8am-4pm
Admission prices for the Wildlife Centre are:
- Adults $7.40
- Concession $5.10
- Children (4 to 17 years inclusive) $3.60
- Family pass $18.85 (a family pass includes two adults and two children)
The Wildlife Discovery Show is a ranger-led presentation offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00am and 1.30pm.
Admission to the Wildlife Centre is included in the price of the show:
- Adults $15
- Concession $12
- Children (4 to 17 years inclusive) $10
- Family $35 (a family pass includes two adults and two children)
Please phone (07) 3164 3600 for more information about tour, group and school concessions.
Enoggera Reservoir is located at 60 Mt Nebo Road, The Gap.