Kumbartcho Sanctuary | Wild Life and Native Reserve in Eatons Hill

Kumbartcho Sanctuary is a beautiful community managed forest reserve rich in native flora and fauna. Enjoy a day out with the family exploring the reserve, stopping for lunch and fun in the playground.

Kumbartcho Sanctuary The Fun

Saved from developers nearly 20 years ago, Kumbartcho is a community forest reserve located on over four hectares on the South Pine River. Deriving its name from the local Aboriginal word for Hoop Pine, Kumbartcho has a lot to offer. The small playground is well equipped with climbing frame, swings, bouncy rockers and two platforms linked by a rope bridge with slide and climbing wall. There’s also a lovely colonial style playhouse where older Brisbane kids can set-up shop.

The Sanctuary is an important wildlife highway providing a safe place for wildlife to move from the state forest to the river. This rare pocket of untouched riparian rainforest has 6km of walking paths throughout the forest and along the river. With freshwater lagoons, streams, rainforest and open forest, there is plenty of opportunities for wildlife sightings. Keep a look out as you wander through the sanctuary as Kumbartcho is home to freshwater turtles, frogs, lizards, snakes and many species of birds. There are picnic tables and barbecues where you can stop for lunch and a nursery where you can purchase native plants to take home.

Imagination Factor

Take your little adventurer on a walk along the paths through the Sanctuary searching for wildlife. Make a game of it by creating a nature scavenger hunt and see who can find all the items first. Brisbane kids will love playing house or setting up a shop in the colonial style playhouse in playground as well as scaling the climbing frame like it’s a tree in the forest or crossing a ‘raging river’ on the wobbly bridge.

Special Needs Factor at Kumbartcho Sanctuary

The paths from both carpark areas lead to the walking paths, playground, picnic table and playhouse. Fenced on the external side and on both carpark areas, the playground base is chip bark and is partly shaded with a shade sail while large trees shade the rest of the park. There are sheltered picnic tables and barbecues that are open from dawn til dusk, as well as toilets. The 6km of walking paths throughout the sanctuary are either concrete, paved paths or wooden bridges and suitable for wheelchair users.

Kumbartcho Sanctuary – The Facts

  • Bark base playground, partly shaded by shade sails
  • Slide
  • Climbing net
  • Swings
  • Bouncy rockers
  • Large grassy area with lot of trees providing shade
  • Picnic tables
  • Barbecues
  • Walking paths
  • Wildlife
  • River, streams and lagoons
  • Community Hall and Barn
  • Toilets
  • Carpark

Another great nearby Brisbane Playground is Frank Nichols Reserve at Warner, or George Willmore Park.

15 Bunya Pine Court, Eatons Hill.

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