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Koala Spotting Brisbane? Try Freshwater National Park!

Freshwater National Park is in Brisbane’s ‘deep north’ and might just provide you the opportunity to see koalas in the wild. Interested?

Freshwater National Park

Freshwater National Park is a bird and koala habitat near Deception Bay (within the Caboolture Shire).

Freshwater Natural Park map

The national park covers about 94 hectares of pristine land and was established as a protected natural area in 1973.

Despite the park’s relatively small size, there is a surprisingly high amount of wildlife to be found within its borders.

What kinds of animals might we see at Freshwater National Park?

(Please keep in mind – as these are WILD ANIMALS there is no guarantee of an experience)

Many species of birds call Freshwater National Park their home. Keen Brisbane birdwatchers might spot:

  • Honeyeaters
  • Australian fairywrens
  • Wedge-tailed eagles
  • White-throated gerygones
  • Spangled drongos
  • Rainbow bee-eaters

As well as any number of more common bird species.

Traditionally, koalas have frequented the area. They are not as common in number as they once were, due to habitat and population density issues, but the quiet and lucky park explorer may just spot them!

Insects, rich and varied vegetation and all manner of beautiful scenery await!

Freshwater National Park scenery

What should we keep in mind?

  • This is a pretty ‘back to basics’ area in terms of facilities
  • The ground is quite flat and there are walking trails throughout
  • There is space to take a picnic and enjoy the area. If you are, though, remember to take all rubbish WITH you and to be respectful of the surrounds. Do not disturb or remove any vegetation or natural life.

What’s the best way to get to Freshwater National Park?

Exit the Bruce Highway near New Settlement Road. Your best bet for parking is along either Deception Bay Road or Priests Road.

Are you keen on getting amongst it in Brisbane? Here’s a guide to the best Brisbane walking trails. Get a move on!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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