When the sun is shining, pack the kids in the car and head to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park featuring the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. The interactive koala centre is well known for its hands-on immersive displays and resident koalas, giving kids the best possible space to learn all about this iconic Australian species.
The fun begins when you walk under the welcoming sign marking your arrival at Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Your children will feel the anticipation as they navigate the long boarded walkway through the trees that lead up to the centre.
Make sure to tell the kids to keep an eye out for local wallabies that frequent the grounds around this boardwalk, and see if they can spot the possum boxes hidden in the trees nearby!
Koala sightings assured
As soon as you enter the two gates to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre enclosure, the kids should easily spot the three resident girl koalas. Usually found tucked up sleeping in the high branches, or munching lazily on some gum leaves, the two levels of walkways mean the koalas are nice and close for children to enjoy.
Note: These irresistibly cute little residents of the centre aren’t available for cuddles.
Who are the Daisy Hill koalas?
Signs on either side of the path introduce you to the resident koalas of Daisy Hill Koala Centre, of which there are now four – Aretha, Molly, Kyra and Jordan, all of whom are cared for by the friendly and chatty rangers who work at the centre. The three females live in the outdoor enclosure, while Jordan lives indoors in his bachelor pad.
The koalas at the centre all have their own story – they’ve all been through some illness or injury, making them unsuitable for release into the wild.
The Daisy Hill Environment Centre
The Daisy Hill Education Centre features lots of large, colourful displays. The koala centre is perfectly designed for children in terms of height and being hands-on in design. Children will learn all about the plight of the koalas in South East Queensland and how we can all help out.
Throughout their visit, kids will discover everything that makes our koalas unique, including their life-cycle and biology. The layout is easy for kids to work through, with many exhibits and interactive displays to keep them engaged.
If your Brisbane Kids are keen to learn more about these gorgeous Australia animals, then check out our Koala Facts for Kids.
The koala hospital play space
Visitors of Daisy Hill Koala Centre will learn how to spot a koala in the wild through activities that invite the children to take on the role of koala detectives. Children will also learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of injured koalas and who to call for help such as wildlife rescue.
This learning is further extended in the koala hospital playspace, allowing children to apply their learnt skills with fluffy injured toy koalas.
Bushwalking and picnics
Daisy Hill Conservation Park is the perfect way to spend an hour or more with the family mid-week or on weekends.
Once you have exhausted all there is to do at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, there is no better way to wind down than by taking that picnic and setting up at one of the many beautiful, shady spots sprinkled within the natural reserve surrounding it.
This is the first of Queensland’s national parks to include a 790-metre disability-friendly path and wheelchair-accessible barbecue to allow as many visitors as possible to experience all that the Daisy Hill Forest offers.
Walking Trails at Daisy Hill
While there are many shared tracks (this means they are open to mountain bikes and horses), two single-use walkings are most popular with families, especially those with young children. One is 450 metres and is a disability discrimination-compliant trail, which means it is suitable for wheelchairs with some assistance. Both walks are close to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
You can look forward to a lovely cool trail through a Melaleuca Wetland. The second single-use walk is 800 metres winding through open Eucalypt forest.
If you want more information or make group bookings visit their website here: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/daisyhill-centre/ or call them on (07) 3299 1032.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park factsheet
- Daisy Hill Koala Centre is open every day except Christmas, New Years and Good Friday from 10 – 4 pm
- Admission is FREE
- Wildlife Officer talks happen every day inside Daisy Hill Koala Centre at 11 am and 2 pm.
- Walkways and ramps on both levels at Dairy Hill Koala Centre are accessible by prams, wheelchairs and small children.
- The theatre closes each day at 3:15 pm, so it’s a good idea to get to the centre before then as its woodland-decorated interior should not be missed!
- If it has been raining, access to the viewing tower may be closed, so it is best to wait for a sunny day to make the most of it
- Pack a picnic and a frisbee and use the 435 hectares of Eucalyptus forest that makes up the Daisy Hill Conservation Park.
- The park has numerous picnic tables, wood and electric BBQs and two large cabins with toilets, including wheelchair-accessible ones.
- There are no cafes onsite, so make sure you BYO snacks and drinks
Parents will love
- The shady natural surroundings at Daisy Hill Koala Centre are perfect for kids to run about and recharge.
- The hands-on learning fun in the koala centre.
- The accessibility for wheelchairs, prams and early walkers. Aside from the viewing towers, every aspect of the Environment Centre and conservation park is designed to be accessible.
- The BBQs and unlimited picnic spots.
- The koalas!
Kids will love
- The colourful displays throughout Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
- The hands-on learning experiences.
- Learning how to help koalas in the real world.
- The interactive koala hospital play space.
- The viewing tower, for a birds-eye view of the centre.
- The resident koalas of Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
- The open spaces, the bird songs and the chance to spot a wallaby!
How to Get to Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Daisy Hill Koala Centre is located 25km south of Brisbane on Daisy Hill Road in Daisy Hill.
Directions to the centre are well-signed from the entrance of Daisy Hill Conservation Park and it has a designated car park for guests.
More Photos of Daisy Hill Koala Centre
If you loved this wildlife centre then make sure you check out Walkabout Creek, The Gap where you will find another wonderful opportunity to introduce your Brisbane Kids to the native wildlife of Australia.