The popular Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre at the Enoggera Reservoir has completed a mini-upgrade during COVID-19 and is now ready to welcome guests under its COVID-Safe Plan.
The makeover involved the $1.3-million redevelopment of the deck that is expected to be a social hub with a capacity of 300 guests, ideal for sit-down events. The deck is fully covered and offers a good mix of indoor and outdoor so that events will have a unique feel of being surrounded by the trees.
Infrastructure Investment in the Creek
The deck upgrade is part of the Queensland Government’s $3-million investment over three years to upgrade facilities at Walkabout Creek, according to Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch.
“Our Government is investing $45 million in revitalising infrastructure in National Parks and State Forests to provide new opportunities for Queensland’s nature-based ecotourism industry, and boost employment in regional areas,” the Minister said.
“This is on top of the additional $8.9 million National Parks Works and Jobs Boost program, to improve existing facilities, and help support tourism and local jobs, of which $250,000 has been earmarked for Walkabout Creek for further visitor upgrades.
“I also acknowledge the ongoing contribution of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) rangers across the state and for their involvement in opening this popular destination at The Gap.
“Every day these rangers go above and beyond to protect the community, our national parks and the forests, native animals and endangered species and for that, I say thank you,” Minister Enoch added.
COVID-Safe Plan for Guests
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is welcoming guests seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
There were changes made to ensure that guests are safe during their visit.
- All guests must pre-book online to guarantee entry to the Wildlife Centre or the Wildlife Discovery Shows.
- The number of visitors at indoor venues will be limited to allow social distancing measures.
- Guests are advised to practice good hygiene at all times. A number of hand sanitation stations can be found around the park.
- Guests will be guided by floor and ground markings to point them in the right direction.
- The wildlife centre staff will enhance the cleaning of high-contact areas, including doors, bathrooms, and visitor centre areas.
- To enhance health safety, the Wildlife Discovery Show will be held outdoors.
- The Walkabout Creek Cafe will welcome dining-in guests who will be required to provide contact details in case of contact tracing.
- Visitors are highly encouraged to use contactless payments.