|Etymology||Derived from breakfast|
|Region||South East Queensland|
|⁃ location||D'Aguilar National Park|
|Source confluence||Enoggera Creek|
|⁃ elevation||2 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Brisbane River|
|1 m (3 ft 3 in)|
|Length||2 km (1.2 mi)|
|River system||Brisbane River|
Course and features
Rising as the Enoggera Creek that drains the D'Aguilar Range in the D'Aguilar National Park, Breakfast Creek forms near Herston where it flows a short meandering course of 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) before reaching its confluence with the Brisbane River at Newstead, next to Newstead Park. Travelling up the Brisbane River the creek is the first to join the river on its northern banks.
The shorter race in the annual Bridge to Brisbane fun run starts at the Breakfast 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. Oxley named the waterway in remembrance of the incident.
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.
One of the white 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. 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.
A number of floods destroyed early bridges across the creek. The first permanent bridge was built in 1858 using ironbark. 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 (2017).
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- "Breakfast Creek Hotel celebrates 125 years". Retrieved 19 January 2017.
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- Blogger user: the foto fanatic. "Breakfast Creek Bridge". Your Brisbane: Past and Present. Blogger. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Remnants of the 2nd Breakfast Creek Bridge (North)". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
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