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Breakfast and Enoggera Creeks

What to expect

Multiple roads twisted together

Situated in Newstead, 10 km downstream from the CBD, this small creek has multiple characteristics. At its mouth it has one of the council's boat mooring locations. This is followed by an industrial section with an Australian white ibis (Threskiornis molucca) colony. Shortly afterwards, you get an unusual view looking up at Spaghetti Junction before heading into more park / suburbian riverscapes upstream.

Enoggera Creek (upstream) turns into Breakfast Creek (downstream) where the North Coast railway line (Petrie, Sandgate, Airport lines) crosses the river at the borders of the three suburbs, Albion, Bowen Hills and Windsor. It is frequently labelled incorrectly on many maps.

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Logistics and Tides

This is an interesting side trip when paddling the Brisbane River, but can be done as a short trip by itself. Boat ramps near the mouth should provide the easist access and a high tide is recommended if heading up past Spaghetti Junction.

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Distance & tide table

Location * Features Distance Total
Brisbane River, Newstead 0 km 0 km
R Newstead Park
You could launch from the pontoon on Brisbane River
R Ross Street Canoe Ramp, Newstead 0.5 km 0.5 km
L Yowoggera Park Boat Ramp, Albion 0.8 km 1.3 km
North Coast railway line 0.8 km 2.1 km
Spaghetti Junction 1.6 km 3.7 km
Enoggera Rd
Roughly the estimated end of the easy paddling based off aerial photographs.
3.1 km 6.8 km
Source, Mount Nebo 34.2 km 41.0 km

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Map

Explore the key locations in the map below. Most locations will have a photograph that can be seen by clicking on the icon or number in the map itself.

  • Breakfast Creek
  • Inner City Bypass
  • Burrows Rd Bridge
  • North Coast Railway Bridge
  • Railway Bridges
  • Spaghetti Junction
  • Kayak ramp

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What to take

Ensure electronic devices and gear has waterproof containers / dry bags if needed.

What to wear

  • Sunscreen / Chapstick *
  • Sunglasses *
  • Hat *
  • Swimwear or shorts
  • Sun protective clothing (rashie)
  • Water shoes

What to take

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Sponge
  • Rain jacket
  • Spare clothes / Towel

Safety

  • PDF (life jacket) *
  • Whistle
  • Paddle float
  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle lease
  • Spare paddle
  • Light (night paddling)

* Hightly recommended (aka required)
You should wear clothing and footwear that you can comfitable swim in.
These are for self or assisted rescues where you can't easily reach the shore.

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Wildlife

Minimal wildlife was seen on Breakfast Creek but I would expect this to change as you head upstream on Enoggera Creek past Spaghetti Junction. A large colony of Australian White Ibis was seen near the rail yards.

Many birds on nest in tree
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus), the Bin Chicken, is also at home feeding in the Mangroves where it can form large colonies.
Bird in tree
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) is rather unobtrusive and easily overlooked.
Two birds on tree
Australian Pied Cormorants (Phalacrocorax varius)
Bird in tree
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris).
Bird on tree
Welcome swallow (Hirundo neoxena) resting during the heat of the day.
Bird in tree
Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala) seems to be common everywhere.

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