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Published September 6th 2014
Get outside this weekend
Explore Brisbane like a visitor for less than $20 with Walkabout Creek's South East Queensland Wildlife Centre. Connect with nature from 9am-4.15pm at The Gap and see a range of wildlife without leaving Brisbane.
Turtle - South East Queensland Wildlife Centre
This was an excellent way to discover Brisbane like a tourist. On the sunny day that I visited there were a number of people from all round the world looking at the animals.
Walkabout Creek is situated 12km from the CBD at the edge of the D'Aguilar National Park. I was surprised to hear that no other capital city in Australia enjoys a park as large as our national park. The wildlife centre is a great addition as it introduces visitors to Brisbane (as well those pretending to be) and families to the wonderful animals in South East Queensland.
Entrance - South East Queensland Wildlife Centre
This is a cheap day out. To enter the wildlife centre it costs $6.80 adults, $4.65 concession, $3.30 children and $17.10 (2 adults and 2 children). A ranger is on hand to teach more about wildlife of South East Queensland with shows commencing at 11am and 1.30pm. These tours are free with entry.
On a sunny Saturday I headed to the wildlife centre with hope that it showed our national park off well and I was not disappointed. The centre has a range of birds, a wombat, snakes, lizards, turtles, wallabies and an interesting sight, a spotted-tail quoll.
Lizard - South East Queensland Wildlife Centre
Snake - South East Queensland Wildlife Centre
Bird - South East Queensland Wildlife Centre
A highlight however was the new exhibition Burrun the platypus. The platypus is a new addition (August 2014) to the centre and a highlight for the crowd that was filtering through.
The Green Treefrog Cafe is open on site from 10am-3pm on weekends (closes at 2pm weekdays) and offers a range of sandwiches, drinks and other light refreshments which would be great for a spontaneous picnic in the park.
With the knowledge of what wonderful wildlife our national park has to offer I'm looking forward to heading back to enjoy one of self-guided walks at the park. There is a 5km one, Araucaria Track, which is starts at the wildlife centre and continues around the shores of the Enoggera Reservoir.
Enoggera Reservoir - South East Queensland Wildlife Centre
Getting out and about like a visitor to Brisbane is lots of fun. What are you up to this weekend?
I enjoyed going to the centre. The butcher bird even managed to partake in stealing a piece of ham out of my toasted sandwich. Even my banana bread was in his sight. Strangest of all was when he took a slice of capsicum that was left over from my friend's lunch. I loved all the animals. The only drawback to the experience was the walk from the bus stop up the hill. Apparently there was a time when the bus went up to the top. This is very disappointing on the part of government as this discriminates against the disabled and elderly. I would even go as far as to say that this kind of thing is why it is a good experience and not a great one. My friend and I are already planning our second trip.