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

chriswF2860XO

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 »

Bernborough

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 »

Sue B

Jan 2019

Great Family Spot for picnic

This spot has good facilities for a family picnic or birthday party. While it has table and chair spots, the coverage is not total so a portable shelter would be useful on very hot day. There is a... more »

Oscarsmith7

Jan 2019

Great for kayaking

Beautiful and very practical place to put the kayak in. Lots of bird life and a gentle current flowing which gets more pronounced downstream from the road bridge more »

andym174

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 »