Venman Bushland National Park
Getting there and getting around
Venman Bushland National Park is 40km south of Brisbane city on West Mt Cotton Rd. From the Southeast Freeway, turn onto Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, then turn left onto California Creek Rd, then left onto West Mt Cotton Rd.
Venman Bushland National Park has been a popular Brisbane recreation site for decades. It was originally private property, owned by local Jack Burnett Venman (1911-94). Today, the area forms part of the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area and is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
The open forest, with its mixture of eucalypt and angophora trees and well-developed understorey of flowering shrubs, is home to koalas, brushtail and ringtail possums, sugar gliders, greater gliders, swamp and red-necked wallabies, powerful owls and many other birds.
The park protects the headwaters of Tingalpa Creek and its tributaries. For most of the year, the creeks are dry or reduced to a string of waterholes, as the creeks flow underground. Frogs, water-rats and water dragons live in and around the creeks.
Things to do
>>Ranger-guided tours and talks
>>Picnic and day use areas
Please obtain a map for walking tracks prior to heading out. Track systems through this area can be confusing so take note of the name of walking tracks and stick to the planned route.
Looking after the park
Although it may be tempting, please do not feed the wildlife. Feeding wild animals can make them sick and can cause them to become aggressive towards people. View wildlife interacting naturally within their habitat.
Remember that the conservation area is protected — enjoy your visit, take memories and images, and make yours a minimal impact visit.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Venman Bushland National Park is part of Queensland's first co-ordinated conservation area, the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area. The area protects one of the most important koala habitats between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Koalas living in the area are an important part of one of Australia's most significant regional koala populations.
Other reserves included in the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area are: Daisy Hill Forest Reserve; Neville Lawrie Reserve; Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area; Ford Road Conservation Area and Road Reserves.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Logan City Council and Redland Shire Council are working together to protect the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area. In 1996 all landholders, with a common concern for protecting their property's natural values, entered into a formal, long-term conservation agreement.
This conservation area's key aims are to:
>>protect koalas and their habitat;
>>protect stream animal and plant communities;
>>keep the bushland catchments clean; and
>>provide opportunities for nature-based recreation and education.
Venman Bushland NP
c/- Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Daisy Hill Road
PO Box 5116, Daisy Hill QLD 4127
ph (07) 3299 1032
fax (07) 3299 1217
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service