Oxley Creek Common-Secret Forest Walk

Brisbane City Council Local Walks

A serene patch of bird-inhabited wetland in the midst of an agricultural and industrial area, Oxley Creek Common has a couple of easy paved walking trails and picnic amenities for the visitor.

One trail leads from the picnic area and themed info and amenity block Red Shed and splits into two before ending at two different bird habitats. For those keen to spot some of the 180 plus species of bird that inhabit this space, the best times to walk are at dawn and dusk though ornithological tendencies are not required to enjoy these walks.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Swamp or Wetland
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Park at Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Rd (the Rocklea Markets side of the Oxley Creek), Rocklea QLD 4106


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Route/Trail notes

The walk is clearly signed see attached GPS for further guidance



Other References



Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland (ISBN 9780646946092) p134

GPS Tracks


Busy with photographers due to prolific birdlife. Pleasant views. Impressive flood markers.

Wanderlust on 18 Feb, 2024

I loved doing this walk with my baby in the pram. I felt like I was on a bushwalk far away from the city, without the hassle of pushing a pram up slopes or navigating rugged terrain for wheels.

Dvette on 10 Sep, 2021

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a hidden gem! Livestock with city views! There were heaps of bird watchers cause there were SO MANY different birds. Totally flat and wide path! LOVED IT!

Naomi Bradley on 10 Aug, 2021

Very pleasant and easy flat walk. The forest is an old native pine forest. We combined this walk with Pelican Island to make a longer walk, 6k all up.

skippyedo on 12 Sep, 2020

Lovely walk, even on a rainy day. Very flat. Lots of birds. Focus species - Hoop Pine (Aracaria Cunninghamii)

Bec288 on 9 Jul, 2020

Peaceful walk with lots of bird life and cows in the middle of suburbs. Easy flat walk.

Jude on 14 May, 2020

With both walks included we tracked 5.73km and 1hr20min

Suzanne on 15 Sep, 2019

Have walked this a few times now. Always see a wide array of birdlife. Easy and wide track but it can get hot as there isn’t much shade for most of the walk.

S K on 15 Sep, 2019

An easy walk with avid bird life.

Anoogle on 13 Aug, 2019

Very easy walk, need to go through stock proof gate to access the trail.

Phia on 11 Oct, 2018

Gorgeous little walk - so much country for such an urban area and the facilities were all super clean! Even better a bushwalk where I could bring dog YAY!

Girl&Dog on 25 May, 2017

Saw so many different species of bird here :-) The path is flat and clearly signed. Good to see a lot of bush regeneration work happening here.

rob.bushman on 26 Nov, 2016


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