Better still it’s an easy hour long stroll – no need for Kathmandu footwear here – along interconnecting paths leading through groves of statuesque grass-skirted Xenorrhea, gold candelabra banksias and cloudlike lemon acacias.
Early risers may be rewarded for their effort with shy swamp wallabies in the gullies and the visiting scarlet honeyeater which shows itself at this time of year to the patient and the lucky.
There are a handful of benches and a picnic table dotted along the way and play equipment and barbecuing facilities and a little kids playground back at the main entrance. Also in this vicinity are the short-looped wheelchair accessible Senses Trail with signs written in Braille and adjacent is the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, a hive of information for those who wish to learn more.
The Downfall Creek playground and bushland centre is part of the Raven Street Reserve, which forms part of the Chermside Hills Reserve.
The playground is a traditional fort style – the ultimate in adventure and fun for preschoolers and primary school aged children. There is also a swing, basketball court and open grassed areas for a variety of play opportunities.
The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00, and features fish tanks with native fish, information about the local area, and a tactile table with locally found items such as snake skins and bird nests to touch. In the school holidays, the centre’s staff run nature inspired workshops for children.
There are a number of walking tracks through Raven Street Reserve, all of which are achievable with children. Take a short, self-guided walk (wheelchair accessible) around the Mountains to Mangroves’ senses trail, featuring a continuous handrail and interpretive signage with braille and raised text. An audio guide is also available from the centre – photo ID or a deposit is required.