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Published June 7th 2012
An expansive bush retreat just 20 minutes south of Brisbane, Daisy Hill Conservation Park is a stand-out local destination for a family barbecue or larger group celebration. With a tall eucalyptus forest, green open spaces and an abundance of native critters and bird life, this large forest park will have you feeling as if you've totally escaped the city - even if only for the afternoon.
With bush land in every direction, the park is well out of view (and earshot) of traffic, shops and suburbia. Dotted amid the gums are plenty of picnic tables, barbecue facilities, two large covered eating areas, walking / bike tracks and toilets. There are also several good-sized clearings where you can kick a ball, throw a frisbee or have an energetic game of tag.
Wood fired barbecues (with cut firewood provided) are a rarity and a real draw card for those who love the nostalgic smell of wood smoke combined with the sizzle of the snags. The absence of play equipment is actually a blessing as the kids can go 'free range' and get imaginative, while their parents enjoy themselves without the dreaded burden of swing duty.
Koalas, wallabies, reptiles and lots of different birds can be spotted throughout the park and you can take a closer look at the nearby "Koala Centre."
The park has plenty of space as well as parking and disabled access, but it does get busy on weekend afternoons and school holidays. Go early to ensure that you get a great spot. It is quiet on weekdays and serenely lovely on a cool morning when the wildlife emerge - the bird song swells and you can truly appreciate the tranquility of this natural Australian bush setting. For more detailed information see "click here.