Oxley Creek to Karawatha Outdoor Recreation Concept Plan

Brisbane City Council has released the Oxley Creek to Karawatha Outdoor Recreation Concept Plan. This outdoor recreation plan, is in line with Council’s commitment to keeping our city clean and green to ensure Brisbane remains a liveable and sustainable city for our children, and for future generations.


This table provides summary information about the Oxley Creek to Karawatha Outdoor Recreation Plan including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.

Oxley Creek to Karawatha corridor (does not include Karawatha Forest Park)

  • Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve (south-east section)
  • Glider Forest
  • Parkinson Bushlands
  • Beaudesert Road Park (No.2911)
  • Karawatha Forest South
  • Drewvale Bushlands​
  • Drewvale Bushlands (Trinity Way section).
WardCalamvale Ward
Project outcomesProtect environmental values, improve linkages for wildlife and provide nature-based recreational spaces for the community to enjoy within natural area reserves in the Oxley Creek to Karawatha corridor.
Latest update

Download a copy of the concept plan:

About the project

Council has acquired most of the bushland within the Oxley to Karawatha Corridor and is planning for sustainable management and use, including the provision of outdoor recreation spaces for the community to enjoy. Planning now for nature-based outdoor recreation also helps ensure that important environmental values are protected for the long term.

The key themes that inform and shape the project include:

Biodiverse, leafy and greenProtect and restore biodiversity to ensure these natural area reserves support a range of native plants and animals and well-connected habitat areas.
Accessible and connectedProvide connected, safe, comfortable and equitable access (all abilities) where possible.
Active and healthyProvide appropriate, contemporary and innovative nature-based recreation infrastructure and experiences for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Meaningful and enrichingProvide opportunities to actively engage visitors about cultural and environmental values of the natural area reserves.

The Oxley Creek to Karawatha Outdoor Recreation Concept Plan contributes to Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031, which highlights our city's key sustainability achievements and outlines future targets and commitments to drive us towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city.

Council’s Outdoor Recreation Management Strategy for Brisbane’s Natural Areas 2011-2021 also helps guide planning for outdoor recreation within natural area reserves across the city.

About the Oxley Creek to Karawatha corridor

Brisbane is Australia’s most biodiverse capital city with over 9500 hectares (ha) of natural area reserves. The Oxley Creek to Karawatha corridor is over 750 ha in size and is one of the city’s most important environmental corridors, providing habitat for:

  • a diversity of significant fauna and flora species such as koalas, gliders, wallabies, birds and frogs
  • threatened vegetation communities including endangered ecosystems.

The corridor is also part of what is known as the broader Flinders Karawatha Corridor, which is the largest remaining continuous stretch of open eucalypt forest in South East Queensland. Council continues to consider the strategic values of this corridor when planning and implementing projects.

Oxley Creek Transformation Project alignment

Two of the reserves in the corridor, Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve (south-east section) and Glider Forest, are also priority sites for the Oxley Creek Transformation Project and will be delivered under this project. The Oxley Creek Transformation Project aims to transform the Oxley Creek corridor, from the Brisbane River to Larapinta, into a world-class green, lifestyle and leisure destination.

The final Oxley Creek Transformation Project Master Plan has now been released. Find out more about the Oxley Creek Transformation project.

Next steps

The concept plan will be implemented in stages based on detailed design, priorities and future funding.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the project you can: 

  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
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