VIDEO REVIEW: Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre | The Gap
The Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is a great place to take little kids who are keen to experience our Australian wildlife without the big zoo prices!
Directions to Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
The Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is at the entrance of the Enoggera Reservoir – a great place to swim for free. (Check out our other article about Enoggera Reservoir The Gap and our video below)
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is located at 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap, only 12km from Brisbane’s city centre. If travelling by public transport, take the 385 bus from the city to The Gap Park and Ride, then walk 800 metres up the hill, cutting between the Heritage houses to avoid walking along Waterworks Road. There is limited parking at the centre.
Walkabout Creek – Information Centre
At the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre you can explore the best that Brisbane’s backyard has to offer. Your first stop should be the Information Centre to find out about the varied experiences on offer in D’Aguilar National Park. They have informative displays and friendly Park Rangers who will help you discover the unique experiences and wonders of Queensland’s national parks.
While you’re there, take advantage of the spectacular panoramic viewing experience on a virtual lookout platform that showcases nearby national parks.
What’s good for kids at the Centre?
You will be able to take your children into the Walkabout Discovery Centre to discover diverse wildlife. It has two main sections:
1) Gondwana Platypus Rockpool & Nocturnal House
Glimpse some of our local shy nocturnal animals in the nocturnal-house and encounter some of Brisbane’s rarer native animals, such as the common wombat and the centre’s most famed attraction the platypus in the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool.
The Gondwana Platypus Rockpool is the home to the platypus. This new display is inspired by the spectacular national parks that form the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and offers a wonderful opportunity to view this most elusive mammal up-close and personal.
If you can try to be there at the ranger led feeding times (currently 10am and 2.30pm daily) to watch in wonder as the platypus dives for crayfish and worms before returning to the surface to play and preen on his favourite rock ledge.
2) Outdoor animal enclosures
In the outdoor enclosures at the Wildlife Centre you can walk through the grounds and view wildlife in natural exhibits that replicate their actual habitat. It is almost as good as seeing them ‘in the wild’! You can see kangaroos, rock wallabies and wombats.
3) Wildlife Discovery Show
Get up close with Lexxy the lizard and bring the kids face-to-face with a squirrel glider, estuarine crocodile and other reptiles in the Wildlife Discovery Show. Learn how the park Rangers care for the animals in this interactive, hands on experience. Times are currently 11am and 1.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
Admission prices for the Wildlife Centre are:
- adults $7.70
- concession $5.25
- children (4 to 17 years inclusive) $3.70
- family pass $19.50 (a family pass includes two adults and two children)
Green Tree Frog Cafe
Located at Walkabout Creek and open seven days a week, the Green Tree Frog Café has a menu offering a selection of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. Picnic hampers can be ordered in advance and enjoyed on the picnic lawn overlooking the Enoggera Reservoir.
Enoggera Reservoir | Free Fresh Water Swimming Hole
Behind the Discovery Centre you will find the Enoggera Reservoir, formally known as the Enoggera Dam. Read our Enoggera Reservoir Review here and watch our video below.
The Information Centre 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.