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Published August 28th 2017
An Idyllic Setting, Waiting to be Explored
"A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself" (Laura Gilpin).
Savages Crossing certainly feels like a magical place. This gorgeous section of the Brisbane River is located along Banks Creek Road, Fernvale. It is ideal for family outings and suitable for swimming, fishing and canoeing.
The most populated section of this venue is around the entrance bridge. This area can easily be accessed by car and the cleared river bank is sufficiently wide to accommodate parked cars, gazebos etc. Visitors with 4WDs can travel further along the river to reach more secluded, tranquil areas.
Children can spend hours exploring, investigating the water's edge, looking for fish within the shallow water, splashing and wading. Sections of the river are quite calm and soothing. Visitors can simply sit in the shallows and allow the cool water to gently flow by. Deeper waters and small rapids provide opportunities for more capable swimmers to float down the river on a canoe or inflatable tyre.
As with any natural swimming spot, caution is advised. The river bed may contain sharp rocks and currents can become quite strong during certain weather and tidal conditions. Sharp observation is also required to monitor the waters for potentially dangerous marine creatures.
Two roadside toilets can be found upon entry. There are no bins so it is recommended that visitors take a bag sufficiently sized to store any litter.