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It’s The Whole Package

Karawatha Forest Park is 18 kilometers 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[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][edgtf_image_gallery type=”carousel” autoplay=”3″ pretty_photo=”no” navigation=”yes” pagination=”yes” images=”15302,15303,15304,15305″ image_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Tracks and Trails To Suit Everyone

Karawatha’s incredible versatility in it’s 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.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][edgtf_image_gallery type=”carousel” autoplay=”3″ pretty_photo=”no” navigation=”yes” pagination=”yes” images=”15308,15309,15310,15311,15312,15313″ image_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

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

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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.

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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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]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.

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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

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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 ‘Grab Life By The Handlebars ©’ mountain biking program for NDIS participants.

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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![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][edgtf_image_gallery type=”carousel” autoplay=”3″ pretty_photo=”no” navigation=”yes” pagination=”yes” images=”15320,15321,15322,15323″ image_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][edgtf_image_gallery type=”carousel” autoplay=”3″ pretty_photo=”no” navigation=”yes” pagination=”yes” images=”15324,15325,15326,15327″ image_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Creeks and Waterholes

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

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