Map of the lagoon. Photo courtesy Brisbane City Council website
What is a waterhole lagoon doing in the main shopping area of Sandgate? Providing a welcome, scenic, wildlife retreat for visitors, that's what. Einbunpin (pronounced Eye-n-bun-pin) is located in Sandgate, a coastal suburb in Brisbane 16 kilometres (9.9 miles) north of the Brisbane CBD. I took a drive to Sandgate to visit the seafront but didn't expect to find a tranquil, picturesque lagoon in the mix.
You don't have to look too hard to notice that the Einbunpin Lagoon is home to a number of wild bird species, including the Australian White Ibis, White Cockatoos, and seagulls. Black River ducks waddle freely around the grassy surrounds and will walk up to greet you (although signs discourage visitors from feeding them) while freshwater turtles and long finned eels also inhabit the waterhole. With the parkland set across 1.73 hectares, there is a lot of space for them to enjoy.
The rotunda and observation bridge A sheltered, heritage style observation bridge overlooks the water and leads to a wooden rotunda. The bridge was opened in 1999 by then Lord Mayor, Jim Soorley. The prominent feature is the shaded octagon shaped structure which has bench seating inside to overlook the water. The Lagoon is available for bookings through the Brisbane City Council for special events of short duration including weddings. It's easy to see that it would be a great backdrop to that memorable occasion.
The parkland is flat making it an easy and comfortable way to take a gentle stroll on walking paths and capture the majestic scenery. Shaded seats and picnic areas provide a comfortable place to rest and grab a bite to eat. Taps, toilets and power round off the essential comfort facilities. Why not bring your bike and cruise around the lagoon on 2 wheels on the bikes and walking paths.
Access The park is well maintained with disabled access available. There is also loads of parking and nearby shops (including major grocery stores and specialty shops to grab some lunch or a coffee). Sandgate Railway Station and Bus Interchange are next-door so visit the TransLink website to plan your journey by public transport. The parklands is open 24 hours and its free. There is also free wifi in the park if you really to send an urgent message or photo of your amazing day out at this seaside oasis.