Raven Street Reserve is part of a chain of bushland that is the Mountain to Mangroves Corridor linking Brisbane’s western mountains and the shores of Moreton Bay. Although it is small, only 24.3 hectares, it offers quite a variety of fauna and flora.
An absolute gem we found in this reserve is the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre. It is a resource centre offering a big range of programs for the community. We utilized one of these programs (Get Wild) and went along on a bird watching walk. It departed from the centre at 7.30am on a Saturday morning. We really recommend it. Our guide, Julie, was not only impressive with her knowledge about the local area and animals, but also great in making sure she included even the youngest members of the group. The atmosphere was very relaxed (as was the walking), making it a great way to start your day.
Julie gave us a quick overview of the history of this area. Back in the 1800s nobody had any interest in living in this hilly area. It was also deemed unsuitable for farming, so it became a dumping ground. It was only during the 1950s when the area was being subdivided for urban development that this little corridor was protected as piece of our natural heritage.
We also learned that the name Downfall Creek came from an unfortunate accident. A priest wanted to visit a mission station and tried to get his wagon through the creek. He misjudged the strength of the current after some rainfall and the wagon tipped over, sending all his belongings floating down stream.
There are a few walking/bicycle tracks to explore the bush. A great one for people of all abilities is the 200m senses trail. It is situated at the back of the playground. It is a short walk with heaps of information boards along the way – all with Braille signage too. The kids will love the little messages at the bottom urging them on.
Take Creek Track to a viewing platform overlooking the creek where you’ll be sure to see water dragons sunning themselves. The walkways are clearly marked and well maintained. Other facilities for you to enjoy include a lovely playground decorated with wildlife images, toilets, gas bbq, picnic tables and shelters as well as a basketball hoop. More photos.
Location: 815 Rode Road, McDowall