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Published September 3rd 2020
A good coffee and a camera is all you need for the morning
The following incorporates a lot of really interesting points about Nudgee Beach, and tries to break new ground by reviewing the new pathway at the shore, by giving the local cafe a brief and favorable review and to review the early morning bus trip that goes up very close to the beach..
The new pathway at the shore sure wasn't there on my last visit and I am still trying to find out when the work was started; there were some construction workers in yellow uniforms further away working on even more improvements. This image shows the path and some of the brand new equipment for family-friendly outings:
New concrete walking path and view, Nudgee Beach, photographed 04-09-2020.
Then onto Pam's cafe, where I will say the staff were very friendly. I do believe I spoke to Harry, who took an interest in what I was doing without going too far and served a delicious snack of raisin toast and a flat white for $7.95; photos of the storefront and meal included below. I think my perception was reasonable, especially given I was the first customer served all day, and got the first hot coffee of the day, despite at least nine people waiting for their hot drinks, as they had cycled up and stopped in for a cuppa. Thank you Harry for being reasonable and your hospitality is much appreciated.
Pam's Cafe, storefront, Nudgee Beach, photographed 04-09-2020.
Raisin toast at Pam's Cafe, Nudgee Beach, on 04-09-2020.
So how was I there at eight in the morning? Well, I went there by bus! I took a train from my home to Central Station and then onto a Redcliffe line train that stops at Virginia, and then disembarking at Virginia, getting the Toombul Road exit from the station (not the other one, which is Sandgate Road). I then walked across a fairly busy intersection with two crossings, and my bus stopped across the road about fifteen minutes later. It is a 306 route bus, and takes a very scenic route past a university, a lake, a rugby league club, a shopping centre, and an old cemetery before crossing over the Gateway Motorway and onward to Nudgee Beach alongside Schulz Canal.
A surprisingly fun morning, actually, felt better because morning is a nice time to visit, whilst getting a really early train and seeing how it is quite safe is such a relief that it spurred me on a bit. I was back in the city at ten in the morning, as the main issue with this trip is you have to catch a nine o'clock morning bus back to the city or you'll be there for a very long time. An hour or two is fine for such a lightly packed day trip, but in fairness, the area has a few things to do, and my day trip didn't fully explore all the choices involved. Just to clarify, the bus leaves Virginia at 6.57 AM on the 306 route (leaves from around the corner), and gets to Nudgee Beach by 7.16 AM. The only return bus prior to midday is the 9.04 AM bus leaving from across the road from where the outbound bus terminates. However, it follows an identical route except it keeps going on through Northgate, then Toombul shopping centre, and then all the way to Southbank via Adelaide Street in the city centre. Takes about forty-five minutes to go from Nudgee Beach to Adelaide Street, depending on the traffic and stops. All timetables and relevant information can be found on the site translink - which has journey planners, fare estimators, and timetables.
One thing about Nudgee Beach is the housing style and architecture; it is a bit distinct and looks tasteful. It was also a great place just to sit and chill out and look at the rolling ocean and cloudy skies. If you decide to visit, then by all means stop in at Pam's where friendly and polite staff will serve you good food, and they do have a slightly extensive lunch and dinner menu with hot meals mainly of an Asian theme but also fish suppers and deep-fried takeout food. It's a takeaway except it offers a bit more, I was quite happy to offer a bit of a review of Pam's into this presentation because it's also the only shop or commerce in the village itself. I recommend a short trip to Nudgee Beach, and while travelling by car is more conventional, bus is quite fun and convenient and the times just squeeze in a viable opportunity to visit. Just to confirm, I don't see bussing it all that way with multiple stops is all that family-friendly but it would suit solo travelers and couples of any age. For this effort, it feels great to have covered so much ground and I returned home feeling better off for the experiences - it was good to see the new paths, good to have a decent coffee, and a fun adventure, along with a bit of nature all added to leave me feeling most satisfied over my morning outdoors.