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Rocks Riverside Park

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Water park and deck around a tree at Rocks Riverside Park

Rocks Riverside Park is a parkland on the Brisbane River in the south-western suburb Seventeen Mile Rocks. The park is a massive 26 hectares, redeveloped in 1999 from its previous industrial use.

Coral crushing mill, 115 tonnes with 1-inch iron balls for crushing coral, at Rocks Riverside Park in Brisbane

Before it was made into Rocks Riverside Park, the area was used by the Brisbane Cement and Lime Company (later merged with Australian Cement Holdings to create Cement Australia). Coral mined from Moreton Bay was brought in to a wharf and then conveyed to its Darra factory.

Historical artefacts in large industrial size are present through Rocks Riverside Park. Fittings for the dedicated electricity feed can be seen at the wharf, sections of elevated conveyers tower above you, and a massive mill wheel sits part buried into the ground.

The 115-tonne mill covered in 1-inch metal balls and powered by a 2,200 horse-power motor, ground the coral and mix with other raw materials to make the cement. The mix was baked and ground again into the more familiar grey cement powder. The final cement product consisted of about 80% coral.

Manicured hedge between paths at Rocks Riverside Park

A mount is a spot to stand on to see over the park. The mount is made up of crushed coral after it had been brought in by boats, a remnant of the coral stocks that covered much of the river flats.

With the reclaiming of the industrial site, the transformation into a recreational area has made a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors. Grass areas offer an abundance of open space for ball games and other activities. There are three bookable park areas that can be used for functions including weddings.

Walking tracks take you into the hills above the river flats and bushland, as well as along the riverfront with paths following around 2km up to Centenary Bridge.

Green space at Rocks Riverside Park

The playground is extensive with a lot of the common climbing and adventurous equipment commonly found, including a climbing tower and flying fox. For the warmer months (most of the year in Brisbane) there are water features to play in. Flowing water channels with shade sails lead towards a shallow wading pool and water fountains.

BBQs and large sheltered picnic areas are scattered throughout the park, together with the historical features to explore and other activities provided, it offers opportunities to make a full day outing.

To get there:

Brown sign for Rocks Riverside Park

Heading north on Centenary Hwy towards the city, take the Oxley exit before crossing the Centenary Bridge, then veer left immediately following the brown sign for Rocks Riverside Park along Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd crossing over the highway to the roundabout. Head straight through the roundabout and continue on Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd for 1km to another roundabout and turn left into Cournihan Rd, with another brown sign for Rocks Riverside Park before it. Follow Cournihan Rd for 250m and turn right into Rocks Riverside Park with another brown sign.

Heading south on Centenary Hwy away from the city, take the second exit after crossing the Centenary Bridge to Oxley and at the roundabout turn right onto Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd following the brown sign for Rocks Riverside Park. Continue on Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd for 1km to another roundabout and turn left into Cournihan Rd, with another brown sign for Rocks Riverside Park before it. Follow Cournihan Rd for 250m and turn right into Rocks Riverside Park with another brown sign.

If you accidentally take the first exit after the Centenary Bridge heading south, continue straight ahead until reaching the roundabout at Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd and turn left with the brown sign for Rocks Riverside Park. Continue on Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd for 1km to another roundabout and turn left into Cournihan Rd, with another brown sign for Rocks Riverside Park before it. Follow Cournihan Rd for 250m and turn right into Rocks Riverside Park with another brown sign.

Cost: Free

Hours: Anytime

Toilets: Yes

Bins: Yes

Tables: Yes

Seating: Yes

Water: Yes

Food: No

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Pets: Yes, on leash

BBQ: Yes

Playground: Yes


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