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This is a small post mostly for my Brisbane followers.  I found this delightful place a couple of days ago and just wanted to share it with you. A friend and I went for lunch to the charming little café in this park.  This café and park is doggie friendly so Buddy was able to join us.
20150728_134603 Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve is a popular picnic and tourist spot on the Brisbane River at Chuwar near Ipswich. This reserve features a lookout, fun and engaging playground with shade sails and a nature based play area for kids, a lake for fishing and kayaking and a coffee shop with spectacular views over the lake. There are plenty of covered picnic tables and chairs, free BBQs and public toilets.

The playground has plenty to keep the kids occupied, with a fort, climbing rock, musical wall, swing, fun sway boat, balancing beams, spinning seats, tree log tunnel, stepping-stones and frog sculptures.

There is also a large grassed area for sports and walking tracks and bike/scooter paths that will have the children happily entertained and exploring for hours We chatted with the lady who runs the cafe who told us that the park and their cafe have been destroyed twice by floods in the past few years however each time they have bounced back and re established the Colleges by the River cafe. The menu has a good selection, the coffee was excellent and the service very good. After we lunch we strolled down to the river where we sat in the sunshine lapping up the beautiful sunshine and listening to the birds. ??????????????

This was a magnificent winters day in Brisbane. Although the café was busy there were not many people in the park area when we were there but I could imagine it would be extremely busy at weekends.