Anstead Bushland Reserve

Anstead Bushland Reserve is over 130 hectares in size and is the largest Brisbane City Council owned bushland reserve on the Brisbane River. The reserve is located approximately 20 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane CBD with entries off Hawkesbury Road, Anstead.

The reserve is mostly open eucalypt forest with patches of rainforest species in moist gullies and riparian vegetation along the Brisbane River. This range of vegetation provides habitat for a diversity of native plants and animals including a number of significant species including koalas, echidnas, wallabies and powerful owls.

Visitors can spot up to 200 native birds, making it a great location for bird watching.

Anstead Bushland Reserve has had many uses in the past. The remains of a basalt quarry can still be seen from the lookout located at the top of the old quarry. From here you can also enjoy views of the surrounding area and the Brisbane River.

Visitors to the reserve can enjoy bushwalks, horse riding, wildlife spotting, bird watching and picnicking including access to toilets.

Anstead Bushland Reserve Concept Plan

Council has developed a concept plan to guide the future development and use of the bushland reserve. Using the concept plan, Council will aim to provide a diversity of low-impact recreational activities and visitor facilities in the reserve that will meet the needs of the community. Any new reserve facilities will not impact current or future bushland restoration sites.

The concept plan:

  • Identifies opportunities to protect and enhance the natural values of the reserve
  • Provides a variety of safe, attractive outdoor recreation facilities, including all-abilities access
  • Encourages residents and visitors to get outdoors, have fun, and get fit and healthy
  • Improves visual appeal in and around the reserve
  • Promotes community stewardship of the reserve.

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Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.