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Moreton Bay Discovery Centre & Museum

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Published January 13th 2023
Have a whale of a time whilst learning about sea creatures
My youngest daughter lives in a landlocked city, so whenever she visits us in Queensland it is imperative to participate in as many coastal activities as possible: beach walks, cocktails on the waterfront, and fresh prawns. Lots of fresh prawns.

The Moreton Bay Discovery Centre and Museum is situated on the William Gunn Jetty in Manly. We came across this venue by accident whilst searching for a refreshing seaside beverage (which we found at the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club).

This is the view from the MBTBC. Pretty spectacular even on a cloudy day, isn't it?

Of course, we had to investigate further.

Moreton Bay Discovery Centre & Museum is literally located on the jetty, next door to the popular Tide on the Jetty Cafe. It is open from 9am - till 3pm, 7 days a week. Entry is through the Wynnum Manly Tourism & Visitor Information Centre.

The centre "allows for tourists and locals to discover the Bay through the provision of educational, historical and eco-tourism experiences. The centre supports environmental values and sustainable uses and enjoyment of Moreton Bay and its waterways, islands and beaches."

The centre is intimate and the exhibition focuses on dugongs, turtles and shorebirds, all creatures familiar to southern Moreton Bay.

To encourage the Little People there is a children's activity table which includes books about sea creatures, games, and even jigsaw puzzles with a sea creature theme. Hands-on learning in a fun environment at its best.

Entry into the Centre is FREE but the gift shop is a tease being full of really interesting and different coastal-themed pieces. If it hadn't been so close to Christmas, I might have treated myself to a glass bowl being held in the arms of an octopus, just perfect for a summer seafood salad. Wait on - it's not long until Valentine's Day, is it?

William Gunn Jetty is accessible via 1 Wyvernleigh Close, Manly. Designated car parking is nearby.
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Why? Family friendly fun with an educational twist
When: 7 days a week, 9am to 3pm
Where: William Gunn Jetty, 1 Wyvernleigh Close, Manly
Cost: Free Entry
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