Main Image: Getting up close and personal with an echidna at Walkabout Creek, The Gap (QLD National Parks Facebook).
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon has officially opened the new room, touring the new facilities which also include upgrades to the wildlife and visitor centre.
“Walkabout Creek here at The Gap, is a jewel in the crown of Queensland’s nature-based education and tourism centres, conveniently located just 12 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD,” Minister Scanlon said.
“This new immersive education room is themed around the D’Aguilar National Park habitat featuring stunning images wrapped around the walls, and floor to ceiling with life-like trees, rocks and grasses.
“It provides a setting for students to interact up close with some of our unique native species, allowing wildlife to move freely in the space so children and young people gain firsthand insights into their habitat, life cycles and conservation needs.
“On top of this, construction has wrapped up on the reimagined wombat enclosure plus the new echidna enclosure.
“The new echidna enclosure is the perfect home for Rocko, enabling Walkabout Creek to exhibit this iconic species, which hasn’t been done before at this location.
“Billy the wombat is enjoying his new surroundings which have been expanded and provide more practical elements such as structures, water, tunnels, and air-conditioning.”
Minister Scanlon said Walkabout Creek’s facilities, nature-based experiences and new immersive education room are the perfect backdrop for weekend and holiday visits.
“Billy, Rocko and Dash the emu will all be on hand to welcome visitors and help pass on some helpful tips so we can protect our iconic native species.”