408 - 492 Mt Crosby Road‚ Chuwar

A wonderful way to cool down and enjoy the great outdoors in Ipswich is at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve. The crossing is a low-lying bridge that crosses the Brisbane River in the suburb of Chuwar, and this long-time favourite with locals and visitors has all you need for a relaxing day out for all ages.

Although Colleges Crossing has been severely damaged by floods in recent years, each time it's bounced back bigger and better, meaning that many of the facilities are fairly new. This includes a nature-based children's playground covered by shade sails with equipment such as a fort, musical wall, spinning seats, tree log tunnel and frog sculptures. There's a lake for fishing and kayaking, and while it's advised not to take the full plunge for a swim, you can enjoy paddling in the shallows and skimming stones.

The large, grassed area has plenty of room for sports and there are also bike/scooter paths and walking tracks. After all that exertion, sit back and enjoy the treats served at the café with beautiful views of the river, or bring your own picnic or barbecue to enjoy at the sheltered tables.

  • Barbeque
  • Boating Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

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Recent Reviews

Jim D

Jun 2019

Great for nature and outdoor activity

I go to Colleges mostly to paddle on my kayak. There is a boat ramp and picnic and toilet facilities. It is close to Ipswich and well worth a visit. more »


Apr 2019

Cafe never open

I have now been to Colleges on five occasions and have found that the cafe has been closed every time. Really suffers for lack of facilities more »

Jackie P

Mar 2019

Something for everyone

There are ducks, water and playgrounds. There are amenities and safe parking. The grassed areas are immaculate along with the pergolas and shade areas. The BBQs are wonderful......no charge... more »


Feb 2019

Local outdoor facilities

A fun and well maintained outdoor activity area. I used it for kayaking which was perfect for a beginner. Easy to access, plenty of parking and a peaceful scenery that you could spend a few hours... more »


Jan 2019

Brisbane River from beautiful location

This spot on the Brisbane River is very lovely and peaceful. This area has a great little cafe for smoko and lunch more »