NDIS Rides: Karawatha Forest Park


It’s The Whole Package

Karawatha Forest Park is 18 kilometres south of Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD), adjoining Compton Road at Karawatha and Kuraby. The forest is approximately 900 hectares and is one of the largest areas of remnant bushland within the city.

Offering a very wide variety of tracks and trails there is something for all of our NDIS Participants from beginners to more experienced riders. Soak up the fresh air, smells of the Australian bush and the great outdoors in this beautiful pocket of South East Queensland. The address is 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha, QLD, 4117

Tracks and Trails To Suit Everyone

Karawatha’s incredible versatility in its many different trail options makes it the best base for the program.  The endless options make it inclusive for any participants who are willing to have a go.

Karawatha Forest is now managed by the Brisbane City Council with guidance from a management plan which was set up with community consultation.  This stipulated that the Forest be used for passive recreation purposes.

These rides can be customized to be longer, shorter, include more or less of particular obstacles and features by request.


Beginners / Inexperienced / Easier / Low Intensity

Great for participants who are:

Just learning

Working on bike confidence

Not very fit…YET!

Tire/fatigue quickly

Need to keep HR low

Prefer a more relaxing ride

The list goes on…

Participants interested in this kind of ride will find that the tracks and trails they are on will generally have features like:

Very wide, open and flat

Lots of places to stop and rest if needed

Mostly shaded

Minimal (or easily avoidable) obstacles

Intermediate / Challenge Options / Moderate Intensity

Many participants find that a blend of the beginner and experienced ride options is the best fit. Participants will go through an individual initial assessment during their first session in which, your AEP will determine what trails and features will be most suitable.

An exciting hybrid program takes the best from both worlds to achieve participant goals and outcomes.

Experienced / More Challenging / Higher Intensity

More advanced tracks will often have more features like:

Steeper hill climbs

Technical obstacles

More frequent inclines

Steeper / faster declines (participant controlled)

Longer session lengths (as requested)

These tracks tend to have more obstacles to contend with and features like:

Tree roots or stumps

Fallen trees or branches

Loose surfaces

Larger rocks

Creek bed crossings (usually dry unless recent rain)

Obstacles requiring specific skills eg. lift your front wheel to get yourself over a log or similar object.

Sunset & Sunrise Sessions

Sunrise and Sunset are arguably the most beautiful times to be out riding in the forest. Active wildlife, vivid colours, and cool temperatures. Lights provided. Talk to your AEP to arrange your booking for this time if available.

Participants meet their Exercise Physiologist at The Karawatha Discovery Centre – it has had an upgrade which is complete and is now open.

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

It is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

View as you exit the carpark looking at the Karawatha Discovery Centre

Undercover shelters, flushable toilets and shady areas around the park

There are plenty of tables, seating and places for kids to entertain themselves

Discovery centre View from side

BBq’s, drinking fountains and shelters make Karawatha the ideal starting point

PreviousNextFun FactBrisbane City Council’s Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre opened at Acacia Road on 27th February, 2016.

Available Ammenities

The Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre offers:

multi-sensory displays including an interactive floor projection of a frog habitat, a sculptural forest discovery area, a night-time theatre room and a virtual-reality experience which gives you a bird’s-eye view of Karawatha Forest

new play elements include a water play component, climbing features, discovery trails and sculptural artworks, with over 20 hidden animals integrated in the artworks and play space

a meeting room and adjacent large undercover area available for environmental group use

an additional picnic shelter with two double plate electric barbecues

upgrades to the connecting pathways within the picnic reserve

additional public toilets

a new car park area providing over 50 additional spaces and coach facilities

an upgrade to the Acacia Road entrance including a dedicated turning lane and new signage

The centre is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

There are no food outlets onsite so be sure to pack your snacks, water bottles and depending on your length of stay a picnic or BBQ lunch. Other good things to remember for your visit are enclosed walking shoes, wide brimmed hats and insect repellent.

The Karawatha Discovery Centre or Brisbane City Council are not affiliated with the OpenTrax mountain biking program for NDIS participants.

The BCC web link for the Karawatha Discovery Centre is here.

Unique To Karawatha

In addition to the riding trails, there are eight official forest walking tracks, ranging from 1 to 2.5kms in length. All the tracks are an easy grade except the Rocks Circuit which does have some steps so has been graded moderate.

Some of our more curious participants look up into the hollows in the older eucalypts which provide nesting spots for gliders, possums, bats and owls.  It’s always exciting to see them!

Creeks and Waterholes

All of the trails are very beautiful with almost all of them offering a glimpse at pristine freshwater creeks and waterholes.

It’s a great place to have a rest and cool drink.


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