Just over the border of the City of Logan in the Brisbane City region is Karawatha Forest Park, which features around 13 kilometres of walking tracks.

In 1991 the Karawatha Forest Protection Society was formed in response to the outpouring of public opinion which wanted to see this bushland saved from development. Now managed by the Brisbane City Council, the forest is used for passive recreation purposes.

The forest is approximately 900 hectares and is one of the largest areas of remnant bushland within the city with the two best entry points on Acacia Road and Illaweena Street.

Karawatha forest is on Yuggera land, and Yuggera people still live near and are connected to the forest today. A variety of topography ranging from rocky outcrops containing sheltering caves to a fertile lagoon system known as Half Moon Lagoons, made the Karawatha region a popular place for indigenous people to hunt and fish. 

The Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is a creative, educational and play space where visitors can explore, discover, and be inspired by the area’s diverse wildlife and landscapes.

Due to the size of Karawatha Forest Park and variety of habitats it contains, this forest is an important refuge for over 200 species of wildlife. This includes several threatened or endangered species such as the greater glider, squirrel glider and rare frogs.

Birdlife is the most visible from of fauna in the forest, with over 100 bird species found.

Karawatha Forest contains mainly open eucalypt forest with areas of heath, wetland, and woodlands. There are over 320 native plant species in Karawatha.

There are two picnic areas in the forest which open from approximately 6am to 6pm.

Illaweena Street picnic area, Drewvale is a quiet spot to enjoy a meal beside the Illaweena Lagoon. A bridge and a trail leave from opposite ends of the picnic area leading to the network of trails

Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre picnic area, Acacia Road is a large, open, green space, located beside the nature play space and discovery centre with barbecues, shelters and tables. There are toilet facilities in the complex.

Visit the Discovery Centre and play in Queensland’s first nature play space.

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