Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve in Chuwar | Ipswich riverside park

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Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve is a fun packed reserve that will have your Brisbane Kids enthralled and entertained for hours.

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve – The Fun

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve is a popular picnic and tourist spot on the Brisbane River at Chuwar near Ipswich. This reserve features a fun and engaging playground with shade sails, a lake for fishing and kayaking and a coffee shop with a spectacular view over the lake. Colleges Crossing’s facilities and playground are almost brand new, after the 2011 floods completely destroyed the previous reserve. Sadly the area was again hit in 2013 wiping out another playground, toilet facilities and barbeques. Luckily the reserve keeps bouncing back and is still a great park for families of all ages.

The playground has plenty to keep the kids occupied, with a fort, climbing rock, musical wall, swing, fun sway boat, balancing beams, spinning seats, tree log tunnel, stepping stones and frog sculptures. There are picnic tables overlooking the playground and shade sails over parts of the play equipment. There are no BBQ facilities next to the playground, however there is a picturesque café or, alternatively, you could pack a picnic.

Past the café, there are two more sheltered picnic tables with BBQs and lake views. There is a large grassed area for sports. The toilet facilities are modern and well cared for with showers available also. There are walking tracks and bike/scooter paths that will have the children happily entertained and exploring.

A short walk upstream, and visible from the playground, is a bridge crossing the river. This has been damaged in places, but is still easy to cross on foot. The current is fast flowing, so supervision is advised. Continue across to the pebble bank on the other side to find a fantastic shallow area for dipping toes in. It is not advised to swim here, as there has been bull sharks caught in the area. This branch in the river is very clear and shallow. The water gently flows downstream and is warm at the water’s edge. Whilst this is a great place always keep an eye out for snakes when walking.

Imagination Factor

From the bridge Brisbane Kids will love a game of Pooh sticks or throwing stones into the river. There are wading birds that are interesting to watch catching small fish in the shallows along this stretch of the river, which is also a lovely spot for skimming stones. 

Special Needs Considerations

This park does have wheelchair accessible toilet facilities. The clean-up of the large upper section of the reserve has been completed following the damaging 2013 Australia Day floods. The top half of the reserve has a local boat ramp and there is a kiosk.

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve – The Facts

  • Unfenced playground under shadesails
  • Bark and Rubber base
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • Fort
  • Musical wall
  • Swing
  • Sway boat (accessible)
  • Balancing equipment
  • Spinning seats
  • Tree log tunnel
  • Stepping stones
  • Frog sculptures
  • Picnic tables overlooking the playground
  • Barbeque (near kiosk)
  • Kiosk
  • Lake
  • Fishing
  • Adjacent to the river

Another great Ipswich Playground is River Heart Parklands, otherwise known as Bob Gamble Park.

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve is located 408-492 Mt Crosby Road in Chuwar.  

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2 responses to “Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve in Chuwar | Ipswich riverside park”

  1. Is there anyway to tell when this was written? How recent are these photos and info?

    • Proud Mum says:

      The photos are how it looks now. Its a nice park. though it is unfenced and the cafe is lovely. We were there last about 2 months ago.

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