Gateway visitor centre upgrades
The Queensland Government is investing $4.13 million in our three iconic gateway visitor centres—David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast, Walkabout Creek at The Gap, and Mon Repos Turtle Centre near Bundaberg. These projects aim to encourage local ecotourism and provide a destination for visitors and locals to connect with nature and inspire them to visit our national parks in Queensland.
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Building a new amphitheatre nestled among the trees beside Moon Dam
A new 100 seat amphitheatre is coming soon to David Fleay Wildlife Park. Nestled among the trees beside Moon Dam, the amphitheatre will become home to a new interactive wildlife show, and will be the perfect place for events. The upgrades will ensure David Fleay Wildlife Park continues to become a destination for wildlife experiences and education, and attract and inspire new generations of nature-lovers.
Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre
Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre is getting a makeover! Building on the success of our new canoe launch and beach area, a number of other developments currently under construction are sure to further increase the enjoyment of visitors.
Our new facilities will include a junior mountain bike skills park with more than 500 metres of trail for riders 9–14 years old to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and provide them with the opportunity to develop their skills to explore our national parks. We are also constructing a family activity trail with nature play nodes as well as an events lawn and a new picnic area. We hope to complete construction before the end of the year.
The upgrades are aimed at creating opportunities for all visitors, particularly children, to enjoy nature-based recreation in Brisbane, as well as renew community interest in spending time outdoors at D’Aguilar National Park and other South East Queensland national parks.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Construction is underway on a new roof for the amphitheatre
Every year, visitors flock to Mon Repos Turtle Centre to see the nesting turtles, and this year will be extra special, with the completion of landscaping, sign and infrastructure upgrades. The centre has recently installed new audio-visual material for visitors as well as new roadside signage. Construction is underway on a new roof for the amphitheatre, a new landscaped entry feature and orientation signage to guide centre visitors. The centre acts as a visitor ‘gateway’ to other national and marine park experiences in the Bundaberg and Southern Great Barrier Reef regions and the upgrades will ensure that domestic and international visitors continue to receive a world-class turtle encounter.