Oxley Creek Common-Pelican Island Walk

South East Queensland

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


Trail leads along a pond with stunning display of water hyacinth-native in South America, invasive weed?

Wanderlust on 18 Feb, 2024

A really lovely find in the suburbs! We went after work and walk to Pelican Walk, then back and down to the Secret Forest. All up 6kms and took us about 1.25 hours. Level paths, very easy to follows, lots of birdlife. Really enjoyed and looked forward to heading back soon.

Tanya on 26 Oct, 2023

Interesting walk. No pelicans this time. Great for photography.

Jill on 8 Jun, 2021

Very pleasant walk. Combined it with the Secret Forest walk 6k all up. Wetlands are very nice, a few birds but probably best at dawn and dusk if you want to see more birdlife.

skippyedo on 12 Sep, 2020

Was a lovely walk. Lots of birds. Focus species Balloonplant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus)

Bec288 on 19 Jul, 2020

With both the pelican walk and the secret forest walk included we tracked 5.73km and 1hr 20min

Suzanne on 15 Sep, 2019

I have done this walk many times not only for its peacefulness but also for spotting birds. If you are a birder you can certainly be kept entertained. If you would like a peaceful walk in nature this walk ticks the box as well.

Anoogle on May, 2019

Nice flat walk next to the river. Turn left for the pelican island or continue on for another kilometer or so to go to the secret forest which is a nice shady place to throw a blanket down for a picnic.

Joshua March on 19 Dec, 2018

This was a pleasant easy walk.

Bobbe on Nov, 2018

Saw so many different species of bird here, including a Red-Backed Fairy Wren. The path is flat and clearly signed. Good to see a lot of bush regeneration work happening here.

rob.bushman on 26 Nov, 2016

Lovely Sunday afternoon walk. We watched a man with an app on his phone which made bird calls to attract birds so he could photograph them.

Ragas on 2016


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