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Karawatha Forest

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by Bronwen Hall (subscribe)
I am an artist, author and teacher from South West Brisbane. Visit my blog at I love exploring new out of the way places with my family
Published February 16th 2012
If you are looking for a getaway from the noise of suburbia but are short of time then head to Karawatha Forest.

This 900 hectare of bushland is conveniently located just off the Gateway Motorway, 18km south of the CBD. It is most easily accessible from either Acacia Rd at Karawatha or Illaweena St at Drewvale.

For our visit we started at the Streeton Reserve where a small car park, picnic ground with BBQ and toilet facilities are located. Then headed off on one of the many walks that are available.

Within minutes we spotted a family of tawny frog mouths sitting in the trees as well as some playful wrens and a couple of kookaburras. The bird life here is wonderfully diverse and prevalent.
a family of tawny frog mouths

We were able to relax around the lagoon and watch the dragonflies dart among the waterlilies and the turtles poking their noses up to check us out while being serenaded by a chorus of frogs.

Our next stop was Poets Rock where a seat has been provided and allows you to take in the view of the sandstone ridges overlooking the lagoons and open bushland.

Heading back down Casuarina Trail takes you back to the Reserve through eucalypt forest as well as Casuarina thickets that line the small creeks that run throughout the forest. Here is an ideal site to spot black cockatoos and the marking on the gums from the local koala colony.
trail through the eucalypts

Enjoying a well deserved picnic at Streeton Reserve we were watched by a large but shy goanna, a noisy family of ducks and numerous water dragons that kept us entertained.
goanna at Streeton Reserve

Karawatha Forest has enough variation and active wildlife to keep the kids amused while adults can enjoy the serenity away from the city.
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Why? A getaway from the noise of suburbia
Where: Karawatha Forest, Karawatha QLD 4117
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Lovely Bronwen - the little creatures came out in force to say G'day - a magical touch. Thanks!
by Rob Rimmer (score: 2|225) 3343 days ago
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