Oxley Creek Common

A bird watcher’s paradise just 7 km from the Brisbane CBD.

About this destination

Located off Sherwood Road, near the Brisbane and Rocklea markets, Oxley Creek Common is the gateway to an expanse of green space and home to many bird species.

Despite the Common’s urban location just 7 km from the Brisbane CBD, one quarter of Australia’s native bird species have been spotted onsite, along with migratory birds from as far away as Japan and Russia. The large open space hosts significant wetlands and is bounded on two sides by Oxley and Stable Swamp Creeks, which together provide habitat for diverse bird species. 

What to do at Oxley Creek Common

Tracks and Trails

Both the Secret Forest Walk and the Pelican Island Walk branch off from the trailhead at Oxley Creek Common. These trails are suitable for walking or cycling.

Peaks to Points Festival

The Peaks to Points Festival is a 2-week-long celebration held once every two years to recognise local government and community efforts to care for creek catchments, including Oxley Creek. A range of family and kid friendly events are held throughout Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and Redlands during the festival, with a number of key events held within the Oxley Creek corridor. The next festival is scheduled for mid-2024. 

The Red Shed

Oxley Creek Common, including The Red Shed, is managed by the Department of Housing and Public Works (Queensland Government). For all enquiries and feedback relating to Oxley Creek Common, including hire and bookings of The Red Shed, please contact (07) 3008 2761 or via email gqao.enquiries@hpw.qld.gov.au  

Getting there 

Oxley Creek Common is located in Rocklea, approximately 7 km from Brisbane’s CBD. The Common is located off Sherwood Road, near the Brisbane and Rocklea Markets.  

Opening Hours: 
24 hours 

Sherwood Road, Rocklea  

Parking is available at the Red Shed 

Public transport: 

Oxley Creek Common can be accessed by bus, with the nearest stop at the Sherwood Bus Depot (Routes 598 and 599 along Sherwood Road) and is located about 1.8 km from Sherwood Station. 

Background and future stages

Oxley Creek Common is already one of Brisbane’s best birding spots, and it has the potential to become a world-renowned birdwatching destination, drawing birders, ornithologists and nature lovers from across the nation and globe.

Future investment will focus on enhancing and expanding this habitat to attract more native fauna species, particularly birds, and support a richer array of flora. The Common will become a place where visitors and locals can learn about biodiversity, sustainability and ornithology and enjoy the natural world.

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