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


Aug 2020

Great picnic spot for families and kids and large gatherings

We had an amazing morning there with our dog. Lot of area to walk by the river.Great coffeshop to enjoy morning breakfast. Plenty of bbq area,picnic benches And amazing kids playground. Great place... more »


Aug 2020

Popular place

Lots of people enjoying the open space on the weekend. Not quite enough water to be able to really enjoy the kayaking. more »


May 2020

First kayak experience

Shouted myself a Kayak for my birthday and had a paddle with my pooch. My partner and daughters also had a go. We loved it. Plenty of people out enjoying the beautiful weather but plenty of room and... more »


Jan 2020


This is a popular spot for family gatherings and outdoor parties. There is space for everyone to set up under shade or bring their own shade, some with BBQ's are available. The Brisbane River runs... more »

Stewart P

Mar 2020

Great for a Quiet Paddle

A midweek visit for a paddle with the kayak proved to be very relaxing. Parking and launching are simple. There is parking adjacent to a boat ramp which provides easy access to the quiet clean... more »