Just half an hour north of Brisbane CBD you can still wander through a pocket of remnant rainforest. This beautiful piece of nature used to be the Bunya Park Wildlife centre. It closed down in 1994 and was zoned for redevelopment.
Fort Lytton National Park
Fort Lytton was not only used as a defensive position but also as a training camp till the end of World War II. The fort fell into disrepair until Ampol took over the site in 1963. It became a national park in 1988 which today not only protects Fort Lytton but also Lytton Quarantine Station.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
The centre offers the opportunity to see koalas up close and to learn what we could do to protect not only the species but also their habitat. About 130 koalas call the surrounding bushland home.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
We were disappointed by this garden. Maybe we expected too much of Brisbane’s original botanic garden. I would describe it rather as a huge inner city park than a botanic garden, but that was before I realised that the gardens have been flooded 8 times between 1870 and 1974.
Maiala is part of D’Aguilar National Park, situated inside Brisbane Forest Park. There are two very scenic routes to Maiala. You can travel via the Gap onto Waterworks Road and through the villages of Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious. Maiala is situated just outside the village of Mount Glorious.