|Savages Crossing to Burton's Bridge|
This is one of the prettiest sections of the Brisbane River. Access to the start is from the bridge at Savages Crossing on Banks Creek Road from Fernvale. Fernvale is on the Brisbane Valley Highway from Ipswich to Esk. This section finishes at Burton's Bridge on E. Summerville Road, off Pine Mountain Road. The section upriver from this is Twin Bridges to Savages Crossing, the section downriver is Burton's Bridge to Kholo.
It is a 12.5 kilometre paddle, with minimal signs of human habitation, and has a few rapids. It is always good to let the occasional rapid do the work, while you do the steering. This is a grade one section with a few high grade one rapids. That higher grading comes from a change in the river.
The first corner one kilometre down from Savages Bridge is a good example of a strainer, and the above cautionary note. A little care will keep you out of the trees (see photo second from left below). Remember that at times of increased water flow, places like this can become very dangerous.
The last rapid before Burton's Bridge is a pebble race (see photo second from right below). The water is very shallow, and if you are carrying camping gear, or have a fibreglass boat, you will want to walk this. If you are wearing good sunglasses, you will see the fantastic long waving streams of river grass beneath the water. Note also in the last 500 metres the magnificent gum trees growing on the left bank. It looks like the left bank riparian zone is protected from cattle. What a difference to the right bank.
Pull out left or right bank at Burton's Bridge. It is eight kilometres by road back to Fernvale, and three more down to Savages Crossing.
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