Twin Bridges, Brisbane River Please note: These photo's taken pre 2011 Floods
Twin Bridges is a great spot to launch from if you want to access the Brisbane River below Wivenhoe Dam. It is a public reserve so you need to keep in mind that you will be sharing this launching spot with alot of other people. But once you are launched and setting off on your way upstream or downstream it is like any other river...quiet and peaceful.
To get there, travel along the Warrego Highway from Brisbane or Ipswich, as you approach Black Soil look for a turn to your right onto the Brisbane Valley Highway. Once on the Brisbane Valley Highway travel to the township of Fernvale, unless you stop for a famous Fernvale Bakery pie, most do, continue through the town towards Esk. Go past the Fernvale School ignore the Lowood turn on your left and travel a kilometre and a bit up the road looking for a turn to your left onto Wivenhoe Pocket Road. once on this road you will drive down into the Twin Bridges river Crossing. Stop in the parking area on the left before crossing the bridge.
From here you can either launch upstream or down stream.
The easiest option is upstream as there is a gentle slope down to the waters edge. Here you will see gravel edge with a couple old logs in the side of the bank(check out the bottom right pictures) The water here is pooled away from the main flow of the river and makes for very easy set up or launch. Venture up stream from here and you are in fishable water with in seconds.
Down stream launching is a little more difficult as the bridges here are very low.
So the only place you can launch is on the down side of the crossing. The local Authorities have installed heavy steel poles on the other side of the road nearest to the down stream side so vehicle access is not possible. So the only way would be to carry your watercraft to the waters edge. You would need to negotiate a concrete gutter, the steel barriers and a stony bank to get to the waters edge. With the aid of a second person it would make it a far easier task but still could be done by one person. The other alternative would be to go under the bridge with head and rods lowered. Although getting back this way could prove difficult as there are rapids immediately after the bridge crossing. Down stream you can fish areas down to the next crossing which is Savages Crossing. You can stay close and fish the river down past and around the Brisbane Valley Highway Bridge.
Bass are prolific in the river at times, although not very large they do make it a challenge to catch them. Its especially rewarding when fooling the bass into taking a popper from the surface. Yellow Belly and the elusive Mary River Cod can also be caught in these parts as well as freshwater Jew and Eels.
One word of advice here would be careful with your security of your car here, being sure not to leave valuables in sight in the car.
Overall its a easy launching spot if you want to tangle with some Brisbane River Bass but its not necessarily away from the crowds, especially on weekends.
View of Twin Bridges on the Fernvale side
Looking downstream from the first bridge, launching can be done from the side however you may have to wade for a while with the kayak
The view of Twin Bridges from the Wivenhoe Pocket side
Road Sign on the start of the Brisbane Valley Highway
Look for this sign outside Fernvale, turn left here to go down to Twin Bridges
Approaching Twin Bridges, carpark on the left
Ample room here to park your car.
The view of the carpark from the other side of the road
Looking upstream from Twin Bridges
View of the gentle slope to access the river
Looking back at the carpark from the middle of the two bridges