There once was a creek that began in the hills of Rainworth (Brisbane, Australia) and flowed through what is now Rosalie Village, where it mingled with a large swamp (now Gregory Park) before winding its way through Milton to the Brisbane River. Except for a few small temporary streams at the top of the catchment, little can be seen of this creek now. For most of its length it has been pushed underground into a network of stormwater drains, with the remainder converted into a large concrete canal.

Though it is now largely out of sight and out of mind, this watercourse nonetheless has a story. It is the story of how this area once was, and how it has been transformed into the suburban environment that we know today.

This website has been created to retrace and tell that story. It explores the area’s natural and cultural history, following the route that has been carved into the landscape by the passage of water over thousands of years. It aims to bring together local knowledge and historical information about the area, and to encourage a greater awareness and understanding of the local environment.

This site is a work in progress, so you will find a number of pages that are under construction or yet to be written. Stay tuned to the the Newsroom for updates about these pages and the site in general. You can also follow new developments on Facebook. If you have something to share, feel free to post comments on specific pages or in the the Forum, or alternatively, send an email.

I hope you enjoy exploring Western Creek.

Last modified: December 2, 2012