For a bank holiday Monday, the weather yesterday was pretty dreary with on/off showers all afternoon. But regardless of the downpour, we decided to brave the great outdoors and head off for a walk in one of our favourite local spots, the IndigiScapes Centre in Capalaba. Yes, that's right, we went for a walk in the rain...in the rainforest. What could be better?
IndigiScapes is an environmental education centre, jam packed with things to do including walking trails, botanical gardens, a children's park and of course, the centre itself.
Botanical Gardens and Nursery - The numerous gardens have many different themes and are designed to show you ideas of how you can landscape your very own yard back at home.
With a number to choose from including a Wild Herb garden, Coastal garden, Butterfly and Bird garden plus many more, simply take a look around at your beautiful surroundings or head on over to the onsite nursery to purchase some plants to take home.
Children's Park and Maze - I'll be honest, the park isn't huge, however my four year old still has heaps of fun whenever we visit. There's a solid, wooden obstacle course for kids to tackle as well as large sand pit area with digging toys provided and the flying fox is always a firm favourite.
Next to the playground, there is also a child friendly maze moulded from native plants, which is always fun to attempt as a family. Once completed, the maze ends with a shrubbery tunnel leading back to the play area. There are a few picnic tables and a BBQ also in the park area and heaps of space for you to take a picnic along and set it out on the grass.
Walking Trails - Whenever we pop in to IndigiScapes, we always complete the walking trails which are both doggy, and at a maximum of 20 minutes long, child friendly. Both trails feature numerous information plaques with lots of details about Koalas in the local area, plant life and also other wildlife that the forest is home to. There's space to sit down on the viewing deck and feed the ducks, view the local birds and attempt to spot the other species that inhabit the waters. As well as being explorer for the day, you'll also have the chance to learn all about the Scribbly Gum Trees and the 400 year old Tallowwood Tree, which turns out to be quite an attraction for an inquisitive four year old.
Local Wildlife - There's heaps of wildlife to be spotted at IndigiScapes, whether you visit the on site Butterfly Garden or simply complete one of the three walking trails. Koalas, ducks, Turtles, Water Dragons and Eels are just a few of the natives you may be lucky enough to come across.
The Tea Garden Cafe - The on site eatery is open from 10am-3pm everyday, however booking is advisable. Sit out amongst nature on the cafe deck and enjoy a range of hot and cold beverages as well as a large selection of snacks and meals. Here's a link to the current menu.
The IndigiScapes Centre - Located next to the Tea Garden Cafe, the IndigiScapes Centre is a hub of information with plenty of activities for small, wondering minds. The walls outside are decorated with activities including, "Who lives here?" an interactive experience which allows children to open doors and see who lives in the forest.
There are also sound boards which allow little ones to hear nature up close and personal as well as a range of other interactive games and activities. Here, you can also purchase a selection of wildlife themed souvenirs, drinks and ice creams.
All in all, IndigiScapes Capalaba is not massively known but in my opinion, well worth the visit- yes even on a rainy day!