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Scenic Rim WIldlife Ecology CentreScenic Rim Wildlife Ecology Centre

Suitable for:  families, conference tours, 'grey nomads', amateur naturalists, universities, schools, scouts and other student or special interest groups,.

Scenic Rim WIldlife
                      Ecology Centre

1770 Running Creek Road, via Rathdowney
(on Lions Road loop of Rainforest Way, adjacent to Andrew Drynan camping and picnic reserve)

17.7km from Rathdowney, south-east Queensland

The Centre is run entirely on solar power (see photo above right)


Jurassic in
The Scenic Rim Wildlife Ecology Centre
includes an indoor section and outdoor nature trails

The  Centre  is on Running Creek Road, via Rathdowney, and just 90 minutes away from Brisbane, Ipswich, the Gold Coast or Lismore, making it an easy day trip with scenic driving en route. It is ideally situated for those exploring the Rainforest Way, Australia's Green Cauldron or the Great Sunshine Way, or for those taking a scenic route between Brisbane and New South Wales.

The Andrew Drynan picnic and camping reserve is just around the corner (five minutes' walk), and there are B&B's, self-contained cabins, farm stays, motels and hotels within 45 km (some within 20km).

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Guests on our 3-day Wildlife Overview tour and the 2-day Budget Wildlife Camp explore the Centre. Others are very welcome with sufficient advance notice.

Inside the Wildlife Ecology Centre:

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    What is so different about Australia?  What is different about our  mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and other natural features compared to the rest of the world
  • What is so different about the Scenic Rim  What is different about our  mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and other natural features compared to the rest of Australia
  • 500 million years overview of the geological and evolutionary history of Australia as a whole and the Scenic Rim region in particular
  • Australia's ecosystems and habitats - marine, freshwater and land, and a sample of animals that live there
  • play areaExploring wildlife though science, natural history and art
  • Wildlife ecology, using local examples - what does an animal need in its daily life in order to stay alive and reproduce, effects on populations and communities
  • Wildlife behaviour, using local examples - why animals do what they do, senses of animals (don the platypus mask pictured here to seek your prey)
  • Library of books and journals dealing with local wildlife
  • Wildlife of the Scenic Rim - background habitat, mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fish and invertebrates; local species, threatened species
  • Children's corner - puzzles, games,  toys, arts/crafts and our 'rockaroo'
  • Library of additional information - from children's books to science journals
  • Theatrette for videos and PowerPoint presentations

See what makes Australia different from other world regions, and the Scenic Rim different from other parts of Australia, and view wildlife art

Australia Sceinc Rim wildlife art

Walk through time as Gondwana breaks up and Australia begins its long isolation from other lands.

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Gondwana Gondwana
                  breaking up

 Explore today's habitats
marine  terrestrial

See what animals live in the Scenic Rim and learn about their behaviour and ecology

mammals reptiles and frogs

Guess what these are, then lift the flap to find the answer
Australian Nature Photo Quiz

                  walk entryFritillary bitterflyOn the rest of the property:

  • Butterfly walk - the food plants for the larvae of butterflies of the five major Australian families of butterfly, and information on life cycles, behaviour and ecology (note: we have no butterflies in captivity, but plenty bring themselves in, especially in warmer months)
  • Seed dispersal walk - fleshy-fruited herbs, shrubs, vines and trees with information on the animals that disperse them
  • Other guided and self-guided walks in preparation
  • Rainforest (seasonally dry) and rainforest regeneration
  • A full kilometre of creek, home to catfish, eels, turtles, ducks and platypus, 
  • Eucalypts with understorey of primarily native grasses
  • Riparian community of sheoaks, tea-trees and other natives
  • Good bird life, also red-necked wallabies, pademelons, possums, bandicoots, other native mammals, reptiles and frogs

home caone on Running Creek wallaby way

The surrounding region:

  • Camp ground next door, and various styles of accommodation within 45 km (some within 20km)
  • National Parks: Mt Chinghee National Park (seasonally dry rainforest) adjacent to property, Border Ranges NP (extensive rainforest and open forests) just over border, Lamington NP (extensive rainforest and open forests, some mountain heath) visible from property but 90 minutes drive to reach main entry, Mt Barney NP (open forest, some mountain heath and rainforest) 40 minutes
  • Scenic Rim generally - Moogerah Peaks, Lamington National Park, Mt Barney, Tamborine Mountain, many cottagers, farm stays, wineries, great scenery ....
  • Border Ranges region generally (also part of Rainforest Way and Australia's Green Cauldron), third highest biodiversity in Australia
 campground Mt Chinghee eastern yellow robin


  • included in cost of educational excursions or camps
  • included in cost of three-day wildlife tour or weekend wildlife camp
  • for day-trippers or campers not involved in the above, currently a donation of $4 per adult or $2 per child towards our habitat restoration efforts (includes guided tour of information centre and nature trails)