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Published August 31st 2017
Plan the perfect day out in beautiful bushland surrounds
Covering over 500 hectares of land, and sitting around 25 kilometres south of Brisbane city, Daisy Hill Conservation Park is so much more than a bunch (albeit a very large bunch) of trees. Here's a look at five diverse things you can do in the park.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park has something to keep everyone happy.
Picnicking Next time you're looking for a new picnic destination, it's definitely worth giving Daisy Hill Conservation Park a go. Several picnic tables are scattered throughout the picnic area, plus wood-fuelled BBQs and a few large covered tables. There's also plenty of space to lay out a picnic rug on the grass under one of the towering eucalypts. A large grassed clearing is an ideal spot for a game of something, or to just let the kids run wild. If you're planning a picnic of mammoth proportions, a sheltered area can be exclusively booked out. There's also a handy map of the picnic area available to help you plan your day out.
Plenty of picnic tables and open spaces for the kids to run around.
It wouldn't be a trip to the conservation park without embarking on a little bushwalk. For those wanting a short, relatively easy stroll, there are two dedicated walking-only tracks, ranging from 450-800 metres in total. Those wanting something more strenuous can hit one of the shared trails, which range in distance from about one kilometre to as long as nine kilometres. As these are shared trails, be prepared to cross paths with cyclists and horse riders. Dogs are permitted on shared trails provided they're kept on the leash.
Wear your walking shoes and explore a trail or two.
Mountain biking For those wanting to ride their bike without the hassle of tangling with traffic, this is the place for you. There's a range of dedicated mountain bike tracks to tackle, although most come with an 'intermediate' classification. Beginners may be better suited to one of the shared trails which is graded as 'easy', while younger children should enjoy riding on one of the concrete paths threaded throughout the picnic area. Check out a full list of Daisy Hill mountain bike trails and plan your route ahead of time.
There's no shortage of mountain bike trails to explore.
The Daisy Hill Koala Centre sits on the edge of the main picnic area and, boasting free entry, is well worth a look. At last visit, the centre was home to three permanent koala residents (find out more about them here), which can be easily viewed from two different boardwalk levels. While the public can't pat the koalas, it's worth stopping in for one of the twice-daily keeper talks. You'll find plenty more interesting koala-related information on display, plus the littlies will love the colouring-in station.
Wildlife watching OK, so seeing the cute little koalas in captivity is one thing, but seeing our native wildlife in its actual native environment is a bit of a thrill. Your best bet for spotting one of the park's many wild koalas is by climbing the tree-high observation tower at the Koala Centre. Alternatively, you can just cast your eyes skyward as you tackle one of the walking trails. If it's a wallaby sighting you seek, it's best to visit in the afternoon when the park is teeming with the little creatures. The wallabies keep a respectful distance, but it is possible to get close enough to spot a joey being ferried around in its mother's pouch.