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


Dec 2018

Day out

It’s been very well rebuilt after being completely flattened and destroyed in the 2011 floods. Need more play equipment and shade, especially on parking bays. Cafe is lovely but needs to have more... more »


Sep 2018

Great place for family Get-togethers

Large well maintained park along narrow part of Brisbane River. Lots of play equipment and open spaces for kids to run. Cafe with limited offerings (especially for those with food intolerances) up... more »

Sue W

Sep 2018

Morning tea

Small choice of cakes but icing too sweet, savoury muffin was better great view of wildlife and river flowing. more »

Monika C

Sep 2018

Beautiful reserve at the Colleges Crossing.

Plenty of covered areas & amenities to set up for a family day out. Safe canoeing, kayaking. BBQ's & a very good cafe if you want to eat out. more »


Oct 2018

Birthday bbq

Been here on last Saturday for my son birthday bbq Nice big place for kids beautiful views Plenty of parking space. more »