Beat a trail to the picturesque Jack Gordon Pathway
Lush rainforest plants, calm waters and quiet picnic spots all feature along Redland Bay's Jack Gordon Pathway. The paved, stroller-friendly pedestrian/cycle path covers a roughly two-kilometre stretch from Sel Outridge Park (Peel Street) to the Redland Bay Golf Club.
We started our walk from the park end and quickly found ourselves being transported from sunny, open bayside terrain to what felt like a thickly-wooded rainforest. The abrupt change in scenery provided us with a nice respite from the heat and also gave our toddler something new to look at from the vantage point of her stroller. Before long we had emerged from the forest and were once again hugging the shore of this calm section of Moreton Bay.
We continued on another kilometre or so down the track and came across a bayside beach (the council was carrying out an upgrade at the time so we didn't get a chance to properly explore it) and later on a quiet waterside picnic area complete with BBQs. Several park benches also line the path if you're in need of a rest, however, we didn't come across any toilet facilities.
When the toddler's cries that she wanted to hop out and walk became too much to ignore, we turned around and let her charge off up the pathway. Thankfully, it was fairly quiet and we didn't have to worry about her getting bowled over by an endless stream of cyclists or other path users.
Back at the start of the pathway, we stowed the stroller in the car then made a beeline for the playground at Sel Outridge Park. Our toddler had a ball on the swings and slide and was also pretty keen on crashing the informal soccer game taking place on the adjoining playing field area.
If you fancy making a day of it, there's a couple of covered tables, plus BBQs and, importantly, public toilet facilities. There's plenty of space to lay out a picnic rug, and, with Moreton Bay only metres away, the view isn't bad either. Don't fancy packing a picnic? The Redland Bay shopping precinct is just minutes' drive away and has a good range of takeaway options.
The water is easily accessible at Sel Outridge Park, so if you've got a kayak or stand-up paddle board, you might want to bring it along. Dogs are welcome too, provided they remain on the lead and you clean up after them.
Next time you're looking for a nice easy walk, I'd recommend visiting this lovely part of Redland Bay.