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Springtime Walks on Oxley Creek Common

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by May Cross (subscribe)
I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer.
Published August 13th 2017
Put a spring in your step and go for a walk in Oxley
Spring has sprung, the grass has ris,

I wonder where the birdies is.

Some say the bird is on the wing,

But that's absurd - the wing is on the bird!

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Possum Box No 17 at Oxley Creek Common

In Australia, spring conventionally begins on 1 September (and finishes on 30 November). However, here in sunny Queensland, there is evidence that spring has sprung already. On my recent walks, I have noticed many examples of new life: flowers budding, baby animals and of course the birds and the bees. You can see all these signs of spring, and more, at Oxley Creek Common, which is a large, natural wetlands environment and important area of open space and farmlands in urban Brisbane.

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European Honey Bee at Oxley Creek Common

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Black Swans

At the Common, there is an Environment Centre, with amenities; and Community Barbeque Shelter erected by the Rotary Club of Rocklea in 2009. It is the perfect spot for a picnic, outdoor party, BBQ or family gathering.

Oxley Creek common environment centre
Oxley Creek Common Environment Centre

There are several kilometres of trails which are popular with local walkers, joggers and dog walkers. Dogs must be kept on the leash to prevent them from interfering with livestock. However, there is a dedicated section of the Common which is fenced off for dogs to freely run and play. Cycling is permitted but please do so with caution. The trails are well signposted and there is a Trail Map at the start of the walk. You can choose between Pelican Island (take the left fork at the Tidal Gauge) where you may be lucky enough to see a pair of Black Swans as well as the eponymous Pelican; or Secret Forest (straight ahead) which I call Fairy Wren Glen. Don't forget to look up to see the possum boxes and hopefully spot a baby possum too.

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Calf at Oxley Creek Common Farmland

Oxley Creek
Oxley Creek begins its journey at Mount Perry near Beaudesert and then flows 70kms through natural bushland and farms, and 30 suburbs to the Brisbane River. One of the six tributaries to run into Oxley Creek is Stable Swamp Creek which bounds Oxley Common, and is more picturesque than it sounds. The narrow line of mangroves established at the edges of the creek forms a wildlife corridor for animals to travel through the area. Unfortunately, urban creep has adversely affected the water quality of the creek. Invasive plant species, erosion and waste disposal are some of the problems facing the preservation of the natural environment of this resource. Take care with the steep creek banks as there are no fences. There is a jetty at the creek so it is an ideal place to go canoeing.

butterfly oxley creek common

Freshwater Wetland Ecosystem
Wetlands are a rich and valuable resource. They are a source of food and water, a place for recreation, education and scientific interest, and also home for many plants, animals, birds and insects. They are filtration devices for the creek system and the flood plain: they remove toxins from stormwater as it flows through the wetlands.

spring flowers oxley creek common

Several natural drainage lines flow across the site, providing connecting flow between Oxley Creek and Stable Swamp Creek. This is an important ecological area as there are few surviving freshwater wetlands in the Brisbane urban environment. They are significant from a regional perspective as they provide resting places, such as Pelican Island, for waterbirds during migration to other wetland areas.

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Australian Wood Ducks
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Why? It's Spring - enjoy the great outdoors
When: Anytime but Spingtime is perfect for a walk
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Where: Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road, Rocklea
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Great photos, May!
by Elaine (score: 3|8949) 1824 days ago
Congratulations winning first place.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 1816 days ago
Congrats May on your win in the competition!
by Elaine (score: 3|8949) 1816 days ago
Love your article and pictures May
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|838) 1820 days ago
Lovely Photos and article May. Marina
by Marina Marangos (score: 3|1165) 1819 days ago
Why do you say 'anytime but springtime is a perfect time to walk' ?? Confused given that your article is about walking in spring time!
by donna (score: 0|6) 1822 days ago
May -terrific photos
by lockb (score: 1|99) 1816 days ago
Congratulations May. A well deserved win in the competition
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|838) 1816 days ago
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