Uncover the settlement history of the North Pine River Area and get active with family, friends, or your four-legged companion at Sweeney Reserve.
This Pine Rivers park reserve is one of the Moreton Bay Region’s best dog walking & dog-friendly parks. It is found down from Old Petrie Town at 1 Dayboro Rd, Petrie within the Moreton Bay Region.
Discovered in December of 1823 by Lieutenant John Oxley, the Surveyor-General of the North Pine River, this reserve is the oldest tract of land in the Pine Rivers Area and was home to the North Pine Clan of the Turrbal people for thousands of years.
Today the reserve protects the cultural heritage values of the North Pine Rivers Area and forms part of the North Pine River Heritage Trail.
This part of the Moreton Bay Region is rich in history.
When John Oxley stumbled upon the area, it was the location of an Aboriginal fishing area called ‘Mandin’ and was also used as a ‘Rain-Making’ site by the local indigenous population. Later on, in the 1840’s it was a vital rafting ground for logging at the height of the industry. Then, in 1860 the first coastal road from Brisbane to Gympie was built through the reserve. The original raised-road embankment is still visible today.
You will find numerous dedication monument rocks fitted with plaques, information signage tracing the history of the area and other remnants preserved from the past, protected for coming generations dotted throughout this Pine Rivers park reserve in the Moreton Bay Region.
The well-manicured and maintained, modern Sweeney Reserve located south-east of Old Petrie Town is a sloping lush and leafy paradise tucked away from the hubbub of central Brisbane. It winds along the North Pine River offering up various areas perfect for dog walking and for reserve visitors to explore, rest, play and workout in the shade and sun, by the water and back from it.
This Pine Rivers Area reserve has everything you need for a fun weekend outside with family, friends and four-legged companions including a dog park, playgrounds, electric BBQs, picnic tables, benches, sheltered areas, water fountains, fixed gym equipment and rubbish bins.
Not to be forgotten is the rather swanky looking toilet block next to the dog park. The toilet block entrance is adorned with horse and carriage entrance artwork harking back to the Pine Rivers Area settlement past.
A basketball court is provided, as is a small skate park fitted with grinding rail, handrail, quarter pipe, raised level and fun box for skateboarders to thrash out flips and tricks.
The river flowing around this reserve is also a prime spot for kayaking or canoeing.
Dogs are welcome and are catered to with the addition of a spacious off-leash dog park complete with doggy obstacle course. Your furry friend must be lead walked when outside the fenced-in, off-leash area. Doggy poop bags are provided.
This Moreton Bay Region reserve is home to a variety of animal species and houses a koala habitat area.