Walkabout Creek The Gap | Nature for Kids in Brisbane
The expansive D’Aguilar National Park is the largest national park near a capital city in Australia. One of the most accessible parts of the park is via the Walkabout Creek Visitor and Wildlife Centre, a short car or bus ride away from Brisbane’s CBD. It’s a lovely day out for the whole family.
While there are lots of animals to see, it is a relatively small centre and so is the ideal place to take an animal-loving toddler who might not have the stamina for one of the bigger Brisbane zoos. The nearby Enoggera Reservoir offers the perfect space for a picnic and the shady trees are a lovely respite on a hot Brisbane day.
Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre
Displays of nocturnal animals in a cave-like setting; an outdoor enclosure of pademelons and a sleepy wombat and a very busy platypus in the rock pool exhibit… These are just some of the native creatures you can encounter in the wildlife centre!
The centre is open every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday, and from 1.30pm on ANZAC day. There is a small fee for entry (see below), but any ranger-led talks or programs are free. On weekends and school holidays, the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre hosts the Wild Encounters and Connect with Nature events for children.
Admission prices for Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre
Admission prices for the wildlife centre at Walkabout Creek can be found on their website.
Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre
At the visitor centre, you can pick up a map for the walking trails within D’Aguilar National Park. You can also ask the friendly rangers any questions you may have about the local flora and fauna. Kids will love the virtual lookout, which provides stunning views over the area.
There are two short circuit tracks that leave from the visitor’s centre – the Araucaria and Corymbia circuits. These bushwalks are achievable for even the youngest of legs. Also nearby is the beautiful Enoggera Reservoir – bring the kayaks for a paddle, the blanket for a picnic, or walk the track around the water’s edge.
Walkabout Creek Cafe
The cafe is set in a leafy, tranquil setting near the visitor centre and serves lunch, snacks, coffee and ice cream daily. On Sundays, they also serve a delicious buffet breakfast. There are toilets located here too if needed.
Walkabout Creek is located at 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap. There are plenty of parking spaces, and the visitor centre and wildlife centre are both pram and wheelchair accessible (with assistance).