Oxley Creek Common Secret Forest

The Corridor

270 square kilometre catchment

70 kilometres

28 Brisbane suburbs

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.


5 species of Glider

200+ species of bird

53 potentially threatened species

Fauna and Flora

The catchment supports a diversity of native mammal species, with numerous vulnerable species including the yellow-bellied glider and the koala. The spotted quoll (classified as ‘endangered’) has recently been recorded in Camira and sightings have occurred around Greenbank, Forestdale and Spring Mountain reserve areas.

Five of the six known species of Glider in Australia are found in the Oxley Creek Catchment. The catchment is also home to other endangered species including the Powerful Owl, the Wallum Froglet and a few specimens of an endangered tree, the Angle-stemmed Myrtle (Gossia gonoclada).

The mix of open forest and grasslands in the catchment also provides shelter and food for a number of species of macropod, including the red-necked wallaby, whiptail wallaby and swamp wallaby.

One quarter of Australia’s native bird species have been spotted at Oxley Creek Common

The major vegetation types occurring in the Oxley Creek catchment include dry eucalypt forests, freshwater wetlands, tidal wetlands and riparian vegetation. This diverse range of vegetation and wetland systems provide habitat for more than 200 species of birds including the migratory Latham’s snipe as well as the Glossy Black Cockatoo, spotted within the Spring Mountain Reserve, which is listed as an endangered species in Australia and is considered vulnerable in Queensland.


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