Bremer River, Ipswich

This section is about 24 kilometres long from Shapcott Park, in the Ipswich suburb of Sadlers Crossing to Joseph Brady Park, Barellan Point. The river runs through the city and suburbs, and at Barellan joins the Brisbane River one and a half kilometres upstream from the Moggill ferry crossing. Ipswich City Council has provided river access and signage for a canoe trail for this section. There is mid-section river access and a boat ramp at Cribb Park, off Fitzgibbon Street. The section is suitable for all canoes and kayaks.

Just downstream from the far upstream launch ramp at Shapcott Park, Ironpot Creek runs in from the northern side. Ironpot is a trickle most times, but just where it joins in, is a series of rocky bars across the Bremer. The rocky section is a couple of hundred metres long. Aim to paddle this section at high tide to avoid a difficult portage. The high tide here is about two and a half hours after Brisbane Bar times. When launching or taking out at Joseph Brady Park, take care with the crumbling bank and slippery foreshores.

See signs of Ipswich's industrial past about 3 kilometres upstream of the Warrego Highway road bridge in the form of the New Hope Tivoli Barge Loader, a conveyor belt gantry loader that towers over the river. About half a kilometre downstream is a much older wooden gantry that has almost collapsed. Any advice on the name of this structure appreciated. In the past several hundred thousand tonnes of coal annually went down the Bremer on barges to Power and Gas production industries in Brisbane.


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Bremer upstream from joseph Brady park, Barellan pontoon and ramp, Cribb Park launch ramp Shapcott Park view to Hancock Bridge, Kingsmill Road below Ironpot Creek confluence
Barellan Point
Cribb Park
Shapcott Park
Ironpot Creek confluence