Nudgee Waterhole Reserve reinstatement and upgrade project

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce construction works for the Nudgee Waterhole Reserve reinstatement and upgrade project are now complete.

Council is creating more to see and do in a clean and green Brisbane, with more opportunities to enjoy Brisbane's beautiful climate and connect with family and friends in the places that make our city great.

Project summary

This table includes project information for Nudgee Waterhole Reserve.
AddressNudgee Waterhole Reserve, 1186 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
Project outcomesReinstate park facilities impacted by the Gateway Upgrade North project and improve recreation opportunities for the community, including a new playground area
Latest updateEnd of construction

About the project

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve is a park with sport, nature conservation and general recreation functions. The site has exceptional Aboriginal cultural heritage significance, containing archaeological relics and one of only two remaining intact Aboriginal Bora Rings in Brisbane. It also includes a spring-fed waterhole, picnic area, melaleuca forest with walkways, dog off-leash area, and sporting facilities with a clubhouse leased by Banyo Rugby League Club.

During the 2014-2019 construction works of the Gateway Upgrade North project by the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, a portion of land was resumed from the southern end of Nudgee Waterhole Reserve. Car parks, a barbecue and picnic facilities were removed, as well as significant areas of vegetation. Following completion of the upgrade, the Department of Transport and Main Roads identified reinstatement as necessary and provided Council with funding for the works.

The Nudgee Waterhole Reserve project reinstated these park facilities and vegetation. In addition, Council provided playground facilities for families with young children to enjoy. Council consulted with the Traditional Custodians to ensure that works respected the cultural heritage values of the site. 

This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council.

Project details

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve reinstatement and upgrade project included:

  • vegetation planted to create a green buffer between the Gateway Motorway and the reserve
  • a new picnic and barbecue facility
  • a new nature-themed play area
  • new footpaths.

Council’s Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability team oversaw the development of an Aboriginal art component in consultation with the Traditional Custodians. The art component reflects the cultural heritage significance of the site and was installed in late March 2022. The installation was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council.

Cultural Heritage investigation works, undertaken by the Traditional Custodians, began in September 2021 and are now complete.

More information

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

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council on 3403 8888 outside of business hours 
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Nudgee Waterhole Reserve reinstatement project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
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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.