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 will begin in early November 2021.

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.
Address Nudgee Waterhole Reserve, 1186 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
Ward Northgate
Project outcomes

Reinstate park facilities impacted by the Gateway Upgrade North project and improve recreation opportunities for the community, including a new playground area

Latest update Start 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 aims to reinstate these park facilities and vegetation. In addition, Council will be providing playground facilities for families with young children to enjoy. Council has consulted and will continue to engage with the Traditional Custodians to ensure that proposed works respect the cultural heritage values of the site. 

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

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Project details

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve reinstatement and upgrade project will include:

  • planting vegetation to create a green buffer between the Gateway Motorway and the reserve, and to provide shade for the users of the footpath along Nudgee Road
  • installing a new picnic and barbecue facility
  • installing a new nature-themed play area
  • constructing new footpaths.

An Aboriginal component to highlight the cultural heritage significance of the site is being developed with completion anticipated by late 2021. This installation is 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.

Construction details

Construction will start in early November 2021 with anticipated completion by early 2022. Works will be undertaken Monday to Friday between the hours of 6.30am to 6.30pm with occasional Saturday works where required, weather and site conditions permitting.

The reserve will remain open with some areas fenced off to facilitate the works.

The removal of one tree is required in order to complete these works. A fauna spotter and arborist will be onsite to supervise works, and the tree removal will be offset with new tree plantings in accordance with Council’s environmental guidelines.         

Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction.

Pedestrians and park users can expect some low-level construction noise and dust, and temporary access changes during the works.

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.
Last updated: 12 November 2021

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.