Breakfast Creek

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Mouth of Breakfast Creek on the Brisbane River
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region South East Queensland
Part of Brisbane River
 - left Enoggera Creek
City Brisbane
Source Enoggera Creek
 - location Newstead
Mouth confluence with the Brisbane River
 - location Albion, Newstead

Breakfast Creek ("Yawagara")[1] is a small tributary of the Brisbane River. It joins the river at Newstead, next to Newstead Park. The aboriginal name for the waterway was Barrambin. Travelling up the Brisbane River the creek is the first to join the river on its northern banks. Upstream from the Three Mile Scrubs in Kelvin Grove, Breakfast Creek is known as Enoggera Creek.

The heritage-listed Breakfast Creek Hotel is located near the confluence with the Brisbane River and is known for serving XXXX beer exclusively from wooden barrels.

The shorter race in the annual Bridge to Brisbane fun run starts at the Creek bridge.


John Oxley and Allan Cunningham met members of an aboriginal clan at the mouth of the creek in 1824. After they had breakfast at the site minor conflict with the aboriginals arose after one of them grabbed Oxley's hat. John Oxley named the waterway in remembrance of the incident.[2]

An important Aboriginal camping ground occupied the Breakfast Creek/ Hamilton area until it was broken up by police raids in the 1860s. The camp was one of the major sources from which local Aboriginal people supplied the Moreton Bay colony with fish. It was also where Aboriginal leader Dalaipi spoke his famous 'Indictments' which were published in the Moreton Bay Courier in 1858.[citation needed]

One of the first settlers on the creek was Patrick Leslie who in 1845 built the still-standing Newstead House. Brisbane's Cantonese community, who had established businesses in Fortitude Valley and built the Temple of the Holy Triad in 1886, settled in the flats around Breakfast Creek and Eagle Farm.[3] During dry times in the early colony of Moreton Bay, when water from the Roma Street reservoir was depleted, supplies were carted from Breakfast Creek.[4]

Various streets close to Breakfast Creek were affected by the 1893 Brisbane floods, the 1974 Brisbane floods and the 2011 Queensland floods.


A number of floods destroyed early bridges across the creek. The first permanent bridge was built in 1858 using ironbark.[2] As the timber of the bridge eroded, a second metal bridge was built in 1889. As traffic levels over the bridge increased, it became necessary to build a third larger concrete bridge in 1958, which stands to this day (2014).[5]

Remnants of the second bridge can still be seen and are listed on the Brisbane Heritage Register.[6]


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  1. ^ Tom Petrie's Reminiscences of Early Queensland. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press. 1992. p. 168. ISBN 0702223832.
  2. ^ a b "Breakfast Creek". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Gregory, Helen (2007). Brisbane Then and Now. Wingfield, South Australia: Salamander Books. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-74173-011-1. 
  4. ^ Laverty, John (2009). The Making of a Metropolis: Brisbane 1823—1925. Salisbury, Queensland: Boolarong Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-9751793-5-2. 
  5. ^ Blogger user: the foto fanatic. "Breakfast Creek Bridge". Your Brisbane: Past and Present. Blogger. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Remnants of the 2nd Breakfast Creek Bridge (North)". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 27°26′19.84″S 153°02′12.80″E / 27.4388444°S 153.0368889°E / -27.4388444; 153.0368889