Don't be surprised if you spot Darryl Kerrigan out Woodridge way, because it boasts a lovely slice of serenity known as the Karawatha Forest.
The history of these 770 hectares dates all the way back to Aboriginal times, when it was hunted and fished by the traditional owners. Europeans then used it as a source of water, timber and rock, before encroaching urbanisation threatened to destroy it altogether. Due to a public outcry, the area was declared a reserve in the 1990s, so that we now get to enjoy a taste of how Brisbane used to look before colonisation.
Karawatha contains a wealth of flora and fauna, including over 320 plant and 100 bird species. It's a refuge for endangered animals, including the greater glider, squirrel glider and several different types of frog. Some of our city's last remaining wet heathlands and melaleuca swamps can be found there, while Eucalyptus baileyana and Eucalyptus planchonia, which are uncommon to Brisbane, appear on its sandstone outcrops.
Wandering amongst the stringybarks, you'll find wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, possums, parrots, bats and termite nests. As for the atmospheric wetlands, they are home to water dragons, water lilies and turtles.
A network of enjoyable tracks allows visitors to experience the park on their own. Or, if groups are more your thing, you can tag along on one of the guided walks that are held from 7-9am on the last Sunday of each month.
If you're travelling by car, there's a carpark/picnic area just off Acacia Road, Woodridge, about 500 metres north of the intersection with Smith Road. Alternatively, you can catch the train to Trinder Park and complete the journey on foot, a distance of about 1.5 kilometres.