Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Daisy Hill Koala Centre entrance.
Built by the Queensland Government as a dedicated koala education facility, the Daisy Hill Koala Centre was opened to the public in 1995. Extensively refurbished in 2009, it now features a large outdoor koala enclosure and many new interactive displays.
- Admission is free.
- Open daily from 9am to 4pm (except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday).
- Walkways are suitable for wheelchairs.
- Located 25km south of Brisbane in the Daisy Hill Regional Park.
The Daisy Hill Regional Park comprises 435 hectares of open eucalypt forest. It has long been a popular bushland retreat for people, and is home to many native animals including koalas.
- Daisy Hill Koala Bushland draft directions paper
- What to see in the centre
- Programs and activities
- How to get there
- Useful links
- Contact us
- Koala sightings
The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing has commenced a process to consider the future management and use of the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland, including the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
The draft paper has been developed to encourage comment on the Koala Bushland’s future management, use and enjoyment. The draft has been developed following an extensive review of the site; assessment of the policy and planning framework and recreation and tourism opportunities; and consideration of a wide range of stakeholder and community perspectives.
Consultation included discussions with Queensland Government departments, local Council officers, recreation and conservation groups, local schools and community members.
A meeting with key stakeholders was held on 16 June 2016 and a public consultation event on 16 July 2016, which attracted close to 100 community members. Following this workshop, the draft Daisy Hill Directions Paper was compiled, incorporating stakeholder feedback.
You are now invited to have your say on the draft Daisy Hill Directions Paper. We are seeking your views on what actions and opportunities could be pursued to help shape the future of Daisy Hill, including:
- enhancing coordinated management
- improving the conservation values
- encouraging recreation in nature
- increasing the economic benefits from nature-based recreation and tourism
- adding value through Indigenous culture
- creating a Commonwealth Games legacy
- revitalising the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
Please provide your feedback on the topics raised in this discussion paper by:
Submissions close on 31 January 2017.
Our resident koalas can be seen from two different level viewing boardwalks at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
Visitors are not able to handle or pat the koalas.
Pound was born in 2010 at DreamWorld. He has successfully contributed to DreamWorld’s captive koala breeding program. Pound weighs around 7.5 kilograms.
If you are lucky, you might be able to witness him serenading the female koalas with the sound of his deep bellow (snore-like inhalations).
You may also notice that Pound is quite smelly and has a ‘dirty’ patch on his chest. At the centre of this patch is a scent gland, typically found on adult male koalas. The male koalas use this strong smelling oily gland to rub on trees to communicate to other koalas that they are in the area. You are able to sample this scent on the display on the lowest level of the Centre.
Kyra is a female koala who is estimated to have been born in 2011.
Kyra was admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in September 2015 suffering cystitis and ovarian cysts. Veterinary assessment determined that Kyra was infertile due to these complications.
Koalas that are sterile are not released back into the wild and so Kyra has come to live at Daisy Hill as an education display koala. Kyra is settling in well to her new home.
Kyra is a light grey koala with long, wispy fur on her ears. She is a very good eater and can often be seen chewing on her favourite Eucalyptus leaves, broad and waxy species such as Eucalyptus robusta.
Jannico is a dark grey female koala who is estimated to have been born in 2012.
Jannico was the victim of a car hit and admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in September 2015. In addition to treatment for her motor vehicle injuries, Veterinary assessment also revealed that Jannico was suffering from ovarian cysts. Jannico was deemed infertile due to these complications.
Koalas that are sterile are not released back into the wild and so Jannico has come to live at Daisy Hill as an education display koala. Jannico is settling in extremely well to her new home.
Jannico is generally low in her enclosure, nestled in amongst the leaf. She is often found sleeping stretched out, with her back legs hanging off the branch.
Learn more about koalas by exploring the fun and informative displays in the centre. Take time to:
- climb the observation tower to get a koala’s eye view of the world—you might even spot a koala!
- watch films about koalas and other threatened species in the midnight woodland theatre
- discover all about the koala’s life cycle and unique biology
- learn the signs and symptoms of a sick or injured koala
- learn how to keep koalas safe in your backyard
- find out what the Queensland Government is doing to help koalas
- Learn about other threatened species featured in temporary displays
- become informed about the Queensland Government’s koala programs.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre wildlife officers deliver keeper talks twice a day providing information on the animals within the centre and the roles of Daisy Hill Koala Centre staff. For daily talk times, check the blackboard at the entrance of the centre.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre staff run koala-focused talks for schools and groups within the centre. If you'd like to know more or are interested in making a booking, contact the centre between 8am and 4pm weekdays, and talk to a ranger.
The Connect with Nature school program features environmental education activities offered in Queensland’s parks and forests by the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. The program offers students the opportunity to experience Queensland’s natural environment through ranger-guided activities. Some activities are designed to meet the State curriculum, and some may attract a small user-pays fee.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre opening times
9am-4pm daily (except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday).
Daisy Hill Regional Park opening times
7am–6.30pm 15 October–14 March (summer)
7am–5.30pm 15 March–14 October (winter)
Please remember dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre is located in Daisy Hill Regional Park, approximately 25km south of Brisbane.
If travelling south from Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway:
- turn off at exit 24
- turn right into Winnetts Road
- turn left into Daisy Hill Road, and continue to the Daisy Hill Regional Park.
If travelling north from the Gold Coast on the Pacific Motorway:
- turn off at exit 24 (Daisy Hill–Loganlea exit)
- turn right onto the overpass
- turn right into Winnetts Road
- turn left into Daisy Hill Road and continue to the Daisy Hill Regional Park.
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Sightings of healthy koalas in South East Queensland should be reported.
During business hours (8.00am–4.30pm) contact the Daisy Hill Koala Centre (07) 3299 1032.
Sightings of all sick, injured, orphaned and dead koalas in South East Queensland should also be reported.
During business hours (8.00am–4.30pm) contact:
- Moggill Koala Hospital (07) 3330 4666
- Daisy Hill Koala Centre (07) 3299 1032
After hours (4.30pm–8.00am) contact:
- RSPCA 1300ANIMAL (1300 264 625)