Oxley Creek Common

1 h to 2 h


20 min to 45 min

4.8 km
return

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Easy track
Starting from the car park off Sherwood Road, Rocklea, this return walk explores the Oxley Creek Common area via a well-maintained creekside track, visiting the bird-rich Pelican Island viewpoint with a side trip. This relaxing stroll makes for an exquisite Sunday trip for the whole family. Expect scenic undulating tracks where dogs are allowed and lots of animals for your kids to see, such as cows, goats and sheep along with lots of birds. Take the side trip to view the Pelican Island up close and watch for birds. You’ll probably come across birdwatchers studying and trying to spot various bird species such as Glossy ibises, Willie wagtails, quails and raptors. Notice the huge hoop pines as you go through the diverse vegetation. The track is also open to bicycles, so keep a close eye on your kids just in case. The track is quite popular and therefore busy, so come early or on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-27.5353837,152.9929479)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Ipswich Road, A7
  • Turn on to then drive for 170 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 2.1 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 215 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the northern car park of Oxley Creek Common area(150 metres off Sherwood Road), head towards the well-formed track closest to the creek along the concrete path. Join the wide dirt track and head around the gate as you move away from the road. Stay on the track as you pass by a building and a toilet facility to your left. In about 15 metres, veer right and start moving parallel to the creek(to your right). Follow the track as it meanders alongside the creek to continue along Oxley Creek Common Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Oxley Creek Common at the start.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional little side trip takes you to the foreshore of Oxley Creek. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 60 m continue straight.
Then pass the toilet (6 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 7 m veer right.
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 135 m head through/around the gate.
After another 800 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip take you a viewpoint near Pelican Island. Famous amongst birdwatchers. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 390 m continue straight.
Continue another 970 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.4 km to get back to the start.

This side trip take you a viewpoint near Pelican Island. Famous amongst birdwatchers.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 160 m continue straight.
After another 300 m turn left.
After another 25 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 500 m to the main route.

This optional little side trip takes you to the foreshore of Oxley Creek.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head up the steps (about 30 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 15 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Oxley Creek Common


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 4.8 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 70 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
70 m[toilet]
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