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Karawatha Forest

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published August 7th 2016
Hop, skip and a jump away
Karawatha Forest is a mere 18kms from the CBD- and conveniently just off the highway with a well-indicated parking area.
One of the lagoons
One of the lagoons

I discovered it last weekend when I did not want to travel too far but craved some open air and wildlife. It was very easy to find and there is a useful map just at the entrance mapping out all the various trails. You can pick and choose from quite a few, most are about an hour but you can certainly walk for longer if your energy levels are up. It was a glorious day and so we walked most of the routes on pebbly wide paths where you could look up to see the tops of the trees, or catch a kangaroo jumping through the sparse undergrowth. I think that is what I liked about it. It was not too dense, so you had a sense of space and light as you walked through. There were some exposed areas, which called for Hats and sunscreen and others which were more protected and shady, and everywhere there were helpful signs directing you one way or another.

The forest
The forest

Poets Rock
Poets Rock

A Discovery Centre, located at 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha, has recently been opened by Brisbane City Council which has a wealth of interactive experiences, insights into the local environment, a virtual reality experience and even an artist in residence. They run workshops and activities so it is well worth paying them a visit to see what is on. This is also the home of Queensland's first nature play space complete with water and climbing features and discovery trails. It is free for all and it is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4pm.

The view from the bridge
The view from the bridge

So whether you go along with a bunch of kids to teach them about the frogs in the area, or for a run, a picnic or a leisurely walk ,this place has a lot on offer for all.

There are 900 hectares of bushland, with eucalyptus forests, wet heathlands and fresh water lagoons. Brisbane City council provide a free track map which you can download.

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Why? Tranquil bushland, close to city.
When: Discovery Centre 9- 4 pm Tue to Sun.
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Where: Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha QLD 4117
Cost: Free, some low cost activities available.
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