I took a drive last weekend to explore the Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk and unexpectedly discovered one of Brisbane's greatest treasures - the Wynnum Manly Foreshore. I was awestruck by this seemingly never ending stretch of smooth, well kept pathway sandwiched between sweeping panoramic views of Moreton Bay and the clean green scenery of innumerable parks.
Obviously a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, the place was a hive of activity and there seemed to be something on offer for everyone. So if you're looking something to do this weekend why not get back to nature and bring the family out for a seaside adventure.
Suitable for walkers, runners, cyclists and strollers you can park the car and start at any point along the 4.5km stretch of track. Or perhaps you'd prefer to start at one picturesque spot and stay there for the day, making use of the picnic, BBQ and playground facilities.
Beginning at the Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk the path will take you along the glorious foreshore to Eleanora Park, Green Park and then the hugely popular Pandanus Beach. This area received a 6.5 million dollar upgrade in 2008 and is now where many families choose to spend the day. Kids can play in the water park playground, take a dip in the wading pool which fills with seawater at high tide, or chase sandcrabs along the beach at low tide.
Continue along the path to George Clayton Park and finally onto Manly Harbour Village. Head to the public pool, playground, sheltered picnic area, an art gallery or one of several eateries. Take a walk along the William Gunn jetty, the best vantage point for the marina which houses over 1500 crafts. Fancy a fish? Throw a line out from the jetty or hire a dinghy and try your luck.
Or do it the other way around - start in Manly, hire a bike and hit the foreshore path. For the fitness fanatics you can break up your walk or run with a stint at one of the many exercise stations situated at intervals along the path.
Courtesy of wynnummanly.com.au
Be there on the first Saturday of the month to experience the open air cinema, a Sunday to check out the Creative Markets, or on the 3rd Saturday of every month the village hosts the esteemed Jan Powers Farmers Markets.
For a fun filled day for the whole family, a romantic adventure, a fitness expedition or purely for the views, Wynnum Manly is a destination that's sure to surprise and delight. Check out the Wynnum Manly website for more details.
I live in Wynnum and love getting down to the bay. A leisurely 2 minute drive or 10 minute cycle. I was part of a small team who designed the foreshore in the Brisbane City Council Landscape Architecture department. We recently did the Lota Foreshore playground and picnic area as well. You should have a look at one of the Eucalyptus trees there. It is pre settlement! Stunning!