Fishing, swimming, a playground and lots of picnic space. No need to drive for hours to find all these things in the one place. Just 35 minutes from Brisbane CBD and 15 minutes from Ipswich, Colleges Crossing offers something for the whole family.
The Brisbane River is the heart of this idyllic spot and offers plenty of entertainment. As well as fishing and swimming, you can try your hand at kayaking. If you don't own any water craft, fear not. They are available to hire on site on the weekends. If getting in the water is not for you the views from the side of the river bank are spectacular and will be enough on their own to keep you entertained.
As well as the playground staples like the slippery slide and swing, there are some unique items for your children to explore. The xylophone is beautifully in tune and the 'sway away' provides an interesting take on the sea-saw. The floor for the play areas, however, is bark so I would recommend a hardy closed in shoe. Otherwise you will find yourself constantly stopping to empty out your footwear.
Being on the river, Colleges Crossing is susceptible to flooding. There is a section of the reserve being restored after flooding in early 2013. Unfortunately, this area does house many of the barbecues and picnic tables. There is still plenty of room for a picnic though, with the reserve boasting acres of open green space. Much of this is up on a hill away from the river. This means your views are maximised and you needn't worry about your little one running off into the water. If you do crave the comfort of a table, the kiosk serves meals and snacks, and has a barista on hand to make you a coffee.
Flooding also seems to have claimed many of the reserves trees so a hat and sunscreen are a must. The play areas are protected by shade sails and there are a few covered picnic tables that are accessible. The reserve also has toilets with basic baby change facilities and showers to wash the river off before heading home.
Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve will entertain the whole family. Visit once and you will be back.