Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Daisy Hill Forest Reserve

What's special?

On Brisbane’s southern outskirts, Daisy Hill Forest Reserve protects forest and woodland remnants, most of which have disappeared from the metropolitan area.

Open forests with grey gum, spotted gum, narrow-leaved ironbark and tallowwood and paperbark woodlands grow in the forest.

Together with other reserves, the forest is managed as part of a coordinated conservation area to protect this important koala habitat.

Exploring Daisy Hill

Daisy Hill is one of the few urban forests in south-east Queensland where you can picnic, bushwalk, cycle and horse ride.

Have a picnic in a grassy open forest setting in the lower picnic area. Barbecues, shelter sheds, firewood, picnic tables, toilets, bins and drinking water are provided. Large groups should contact the office first. Dogs on leashes are allowed in the picnic area. You can reserve particular sites for private functions.

The upper picnic area is smaller and popular with horse riders. Barbecues, firewood, picnic tables, toilets, bins and drinking water are provided.

Find out about trees along the Tree Discovery trail. Discover why koalas are an Australian icon from the educational display in the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. The centre is open 10am to 4pm every day except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Admission is free. Souvenirs are on sale.

Cycling and horse riding are allowed along unsealed tracks starting from the upper picnic area where parking for horse floats and a corral are provided. Cyclists and horse riders can also share the Stringybark and Spotted Gum trails with walkers. Permits are not required.

Camping is not allowed in the forest and the entrance gate to the lower picnic area is closed at night.


The lower picnic area, toilets and the Daisy Hill Koala Centre are wheelchair-accessible. The Paperbark trail is wheelchair-assisted.

Getting there

Daisy Hill is 25km south-east of Brisbane. Turn off the Pacific Highway at the Shailer Road exit or take the Winnetts Road exit and travel to the forest along Winnetts and Daisy Hill Roads. From the south, take the Loganlea exit off the Pacific Highway.

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