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Daisy Hill Conservation Park: A recreation haven with koala conservation at its core

Situated between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, the park is a koala haven and one of Southeast Queensland’s best recreation hubs.

Koalas have always been a much-loved marsupial in Australia and at Daisy Hill Conservation Park visitors can enjoy the very best the great outdoors has to offer while admiring one of the country’s most significant regional koala populations.

Whether heading out for a weekend bike ride with the family, a walk through the melaleuca wetlands or a horse ride through the 570-hectare forested Queensland landscape, this open space is ideal and is in a handy location between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Caring for the koalas

The Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a place where enthusiasts can combine their love of the outdoors with a greater understanding of Australia’s koalas. The centre was built by the Queensland Government and opened to the public in 1995.

 Credit Julie Hoek © The State of Queensland

Free to explore, this koala conservation centre not only allows interested visitors some insight into our cuddly marsupials, but also offers interactive displays and the chance to get up close and personal with some of our most vulnerable native animals. Koalas can be observed from two different levels at the facility, yet visitors are not able to handle or pat them.

Getting in touch with nature

As Queensland’s first coordinated conservation area, this space was established to protect koalas and their habitat; protect freshwater stream plant and animal communities; keep bushland catchments clean; and provide opportunities for environmentally compatible and sustainable, nature-based recreation and education.

 Credit © The State of Queensland

The Queensland Government, Logan City Council and Redland City Council put together a long-term conservation agreement in 1996 and today the Daisy Hill Conservation Park is a popular day out for many Queensland locals and tourists.

It was gazetted as a conservation park in 2006 and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages this area for the purposes of nature conservation and sustainable nature-based recreation.

Park facilities

Besides trails in which outdoor enthusiasts can ride, walk or trot on horseback, the park also boasts picnic areas and barbecue facilities with as many as two undercover seating areas. Signposted walking tracks are situated at various spots along the edge of the picnic areas while the trail hub offers mountain-biking and horse riding opportunities on the park’s shared trail network.

Daisy Hill refurbishment, official opening 21-5-2018

Where?

Website: www.parks.des.qld.gov.au

Address: Daisy Hill Conservation Park is 25km south-east of Brisbane City, or 50km north of the Gold Coast, via the Pacific Motorway

When?

The park | Monday – Sunday | 7am – 6.30pm

The koala centre | Monday – Sunday | 9am – 4pm

Melinda Healy
Mel is an Australian-made global roamer with a passion for travel. More interested in passport stamps than possessions she has an inquisitive mind, an adventurous spirit and a talent for storytelling. She is a keen photographer, loves searching out great coffee shops, and believes we can have a positive impact on the world so long as we keep the planet in mind.