Colleges Crossing

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College's Crossing
College's Crossing Jan 2012.JPG
College's Crossing
Coordinates 27°33′25″S 152°48′15″E / 27.5569°S 152.8041°E / -27.5569; 152.8041Coordinates: 27°33′25″S 152°48′15″E / 27.5569°S 152.8041°E / -27.5569; 152.8041
CarriesMotor vehicles
CrossesBrisbane River
LocaleChuwar, Queensland,  Australia
Other name(s)Colleges Crossing
Maintained byDepartment of Transport and Main Roads
DesignBeam bridge
No. of spans3
ReplacesWooden bridge 1894 -??

College's Crossing (also known as Colleges Crossing) is a low level bridge that crosses Brisbane River at Chuwar, a suburb of Ipswich in South East Queensland, Australia.

The road across the bridge is Mount Crosby Road. During major floods or water releases from the Wivenhoe Dam the road becomes impassable.[1]

The crossing was constructed to replace a previous structure which had been washed away during floods. It was opened in 1894 with a ceremony that was attended by the Mayor of Ipswich, H.E. Wyman.

College's Crossing is named after George College (sometimes spelled Colledge), one of the first settlers who bought a land on the north side of the Brisbane River in 1854. It was the first river crossing in the district which allowed access across the river before the first bridge was constructed.[2]

Located here is a park, known as Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve, which is a popular picnic and tourist spot for the residents of Brisbane and Ipswich from the early 1920s.[2] It was completely destroyed during the 2010-11 floods, which saw a rise in the water level of over 17 metres with strong currents.[3]

The park was equipped with barbecues, playground facilities, a cafe, lookouts, boat ramp, bird hide and clean water for drinking.[4] Swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are also popular in the area.[5]

Four and half kilometres upstream from Colleges Crossing is the Mount Crosby Weir and Mount Crosby Pumping Station. Downstream from the crossing swimming is not recommended due to the presence of bull sharks and due to poor water quality.[citation needed] In 1960 2 shark attacks were reported in Sunday Mail 27/3/94, SMH 21/12/1960. In January 1939 the Courier Mail reported the landing of a 4 ft 6in bluenose shark on a rod and reel at the popular bathing spot.[6]

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  1. ^ "Colleges Crossing reopens". The Queensland Times. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "College's Crossing". Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Colleges Crossing". Courier Mail. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Colleges Crossing". Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Visit Colleges Crossing, a great place to relax". Media Release. Ipswich City Council. 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Colleges Crossing". Ipswich Library & Information Service. Retrieved 7 February 2012.

Coordinates: 27°33′25″S 152°48′15″E / 27.5569°S 152.8041°E / -27.5569; 152.8041