Oxley Creek is one of the major tributaries of the Brisbane River, flowing from the granite uplands of Mount Perry in the Scenic Rim and stretching 70kms to its mouth at the Brisbane River.
Oxley Creek is one of the Brisbane River's major tributaries. Beginning in the forested mountain ranges of the Scenic Rim, south of Ipswich, it joins the Brisbane River approximately 70 kilometres downstream at Tennyson. Oxley Creek has a large natural drainage area spread across three local government areas, making it Brisbane's largest creek catchment but one of our most urbanised and polluted waterways.
The Oxley Creek catchment includes the tributaries of Crewes Creek, Blunder Creek, Sheep Station Gully, Stable Swamp Creek, Rocky Water Holes Creek, Little Doris Creek and Moolabin Creek, which collectively flow for 522 kilometres, and cover a total area of approximately 270 square kilometres (27,000 hectares).
Oxley Creek’s upper catchment, in Logan and Ipswich City Council, remains sparsely populated and largely natural, with forested hills and grazing land. The middle and lower catchments make up some of Brisbane’s most important economic areas, dominated by commercial, industrial and urban developments with Oxley Creek and its tributaries flowing through a number of Brisbane suburbs, including Graceville, Tennyson, Sherwood, Rocklea, Oxley, Archerfield, Durack, Inala, Acacia Ridge, Willawong, Algester, Pallara and Larapinta.