My on-going medically required exercise and weight-loss programme continues where my doctor says I have to lose weight. He further harangued me and insisted dieting is not enough; I must exercise as well. So I found the Eprapah Creek and Fodder Forest Walk and began enjoying some quiet ambles among the Redland parklands.
It worked for a while but, unfortunately, even the natural beauty of the creek and forest can become a bit 'ho hum' after a while, so I searched internet maps for another attractive, scenic walk.
I found just what I was looking for and, if you are looking for a relaxing stroll with some magnificent views, come along with me.
At the intersection of Colburn and Masters Avenues, Victoria Point, there is a car park across the road from the Rock N Roll Café. I slipped in there and then strode off (well actually, I ambled) back down along tree-lined Colburn Avenue until I turned left into Wilson Street.
The beautiful tree-lined promenade of Colburn Avenue
A short walk later, I reached the water and turned left again, back towards the tip of Victoria Point. It was here I made the discovery that, although shown in the map, there is no actual path. So the stroll is enhanced by moving down onto the sand and walking along the beach on the shores of Redland Bay. The boats and water birds make it a most enjoyable stroll.
Once back at Masters Avenue, if you've had enough, you can turn left and you'll end up back at the car park. But if you're like me and think you're a finely tuned athlete, walk straight ahead down to the Coochiemudlo Island Ferry Terminal. I now have a more realistic view of my athletic prowess and won't do that again without more training!
It's here the view opens into a wide expanse of sea, bobbing boats and the ferry's jetty jutting out into the bay, adding to the overall ambience with the sound of the water lapping on its piles. The whole scene is enhanced by the backing provided by Coochiemudlo Island, and the brilliant blue sky. If you're lucky, some boats and the ferry will be sailing about while you're there. This really is a beautiful spot to enjoy.
Unfortunately, it's also here where the one minor problem with this walk appears: the terminal's asphalt car park. There's only one thing you can do, just keep gazing out to sea so the car park is where you can't see it. Your reward will be the relaxing sway and bob of the birds, boats and other users of the calm bay waters.
Keep the stroll going along the waterside; you will end up in a lovely little park complete with covered picnic tables and a children's play area. From here you can forget all about the car park and relax in the natural beauty of the area.
As you leave the park, this stroll gets even better; for me, at least. Nature can be very cruel to us old guys and we can get the need to go without warning and in the strangest places. We need to be aware of where the nearest conveniences are and this park produces for us. There is a great, big brick outhouse on site that will cater for all needs, not just for us oldies!
After the relief in the park, the stroll takes you back to Masters Avenue, up a slight incline and into the car park. If, like me, the sea air, sunshine and cooling breeze sets your taste buds a-tingling you can cross over the Avenue to the Rock N Roll Café – now known as the Victoria Point Kiosk.
Of course I ordered a flat white to replenish the caffeine I had sweated out on the walk and then searched the menu for a bite to eat. As I'm on this enforced diet, and being the health nut I am, I couldn't resist the combination of beef, carrot, cabbage, beans, celery and onion in a roll – a Chiko Roll!