There is nothing more spectacular than a run along the waterfront with the rising sun glistening over the water, leaving you with a slight warmth of beauty. How about the image of walking the paths as the sunsets behind you, looking over the islands of our beautiful Moreton Bay, the sun creating night shadows of yellow on the small tips of the gently moving water. If these visions make you want to put on your walking shoes or go for a run, then I have found three of the best water front runs or walks for you. Wynnum, Redland Bay and Victoria Point have three well set out walking or running paths with views of Moreton Bay most of the way along.
The Wynnum Water Front Run starts on the corner of Cusack Parade and Waterloo Esplanade, where the rock wall travels out into the water creating an inlet. There are plenty of designated parking spaces along the esplanade but if it is a busy day the side streets also offer more parking spots. There are toilets found in several locations along this 8k return run/walk. The first toilets are found near the Wynnum Wade Pool but if you miss these amenities there are two more blocks, one found at the Manly park and the other located at the turn around point, Lota Park.
As you start this scenic run the pelicans are usually found somewhere floating out on the water watching the seagulls swooping around anyone carrying food. The paths are concrete and follow the waters edge bending gently around as you run. Most of this course has an open feel to it allowing you to see the next part you are about to run. After passing by the Wade pool the path leads you away from Wynnum, past some large pine trees lining the waterfront all the way into Manly, where the scenery of beautiful Moreton Bay views doesn't change. Added to these views is the well known Manly Harbour and Yacht club. The path follows adjacent to the road leading you out along the mangroves to the Lota Park where you will turn around to run back through the same suburbs taking in more of the shops and views around. The fresh smell of salt water and warm water breezes only encourage you to continue running. Although parts of this run are busy with other walkers and runners the benefit is not only the beautiful fresh sea air and ocean views but you are able to take your kids on their bikes or the family dog on his lead as well.
The Victoria Point Runs starts on the corner of Point O'Halloran Road and Orana Esplanade, Point O'Halloran. There is plenty of street parking along the water front. Amenities can be found in the park about 1.5k into the 10k return run just after the mangroves, over the wooden bridge.
From the very beginning of this run the sun always seems to be smiling at you whether it is morning or afternoon. There is always a breeze to cool you in the hotter months although sometimes it can be rather strong to run against and takes away slightly from the serenity of this run. As you begin along the Orana Esplanade you are welcomed by the friendly faces of regular fisherman and other walkers. Whether you look out over the waters towards the port of Brisbane or around the spacious parklands surrounding, there is a real open feel to this part of your run. Following the concrete pathways past where small boats are anchored for fisherman to row out to their yachts, you enter The Wilson Esplanade which continues to follow the waterfront through the mangroves, over a wooden bridge and past the amenities in the park. Now as you enter Victoria Point, looking left over the water you will see clear views of Coochiemudlo Island with the sun peaking over the top, if it is an early morning run. This is my favourite part of the run as there are always children playing in the park or in the waters along the waterfront. The views of the island with boats moored all around gives a real sense of belonging. As you reach the end of the waterfront views it is time to turn around and enjoy all the scenery all over again.
The Redland Bay Run starts at Sel Outridge Park, Redland Bay entering the park on Hamilton Street, just past the Redland Bay Hotel. There are amenities found at the park before you start your 3k return run/walk. Parking is aplenty whether it is a busy day for sports on the oval or not, but if there are no parking spaces left, there is a car park found only a short drive further down the road, taking the next left after Hamilton street. There is a pathway leading you through to the park adding an extra 200m to your run.
Taking your first few steps of this run, looking to your right their are scenic views of the water and islands, in between the scatterings of mangroves growing along the foreshore. With fresh air and sea breezes you start a run quite different to the others. Only 100m into your run, as you enter a semi beach rainforest, there are a set of stairs that look like they go for ever. Just to add that little extra bit of hard work to your exercise why not climb them once, if not twice before heading on to experience running through a beautiful trail of beach bushland with flowers scattering colours of spring all over the concrete paths. This trail through the bush lasts for 500m before you come out into an opening of a small bay where people can walk along the sand or stay on the path twisting slowly up a gentle hill.
The pathway continues to follow the foreshore around a small headland winding its way to one last short but steep hill before you turn around to head back along the same paths. As you run back looking out over the bay at Stradbroke Island in the distance as well as other small islands is picturesque. If your lucky you will get to see the large ferries coming in and out on their daily travels.
So next time you are looking for a run or walk with eye catching scenery, a feel of freedom and fresh air, come try one of these waterfront runs. Each one has its own uniqueness, whether its the smell of seafood being cooked as you run at Wynnum, the sound of happy children playing at Victoria Point or the beautiful winding paths of Redland Bay, all these runs give you the water views to enjoy.
Hello Ole, your stories make me feel so old and fat they inspire me to get out there. Maybe a slow ramble rather than a run though! Thanks for your lovely photos and scintillating word pictures. Regards, Tony
Looks like the second and third photo are taken during Wynnum parkrun. This is a free weekly run or walk that takes place at 7am every Saturday, starting from near Wynnum Wading Pool. Registration and taking part is completely free you just go towww.parkrun.com.au/wynnum to get a free barcode and find more info about this great friendly community event