This is the perfect weather for a walk by the seaside and by the mangroves. The temperatures are tolerable, the sun is shining and the skies are blue: the best time really to explore a bit of this wonderful coastline that we have at our doorstep. We wanted to do something on a weekend which was not too far away and which was a little bit different so we looked at a walk between Wynnum and Manly along Moreton Bay.
We drove to Wynnum which took us approximately 30 minutes and we parked at the Elanora Car Park, which has plenty of parking and is easy to find. The Boardwalk is indicated and it takes you through some very interesting mangrove swamps where you will be able to see crabs and small fish depending on the tide. There are also some lovely waders, and oyster catchers to enjoy and if you are a twitcher this place will certainly appeal. It's an easy walk, flat along the boardwalk to see the grey mangrove which is the most common along the coastline. There is a nice viewing platform over the bay and the boardwalk snakes round in a circular path to take you back to the car park. There are informative boards along the way explaining the importance of mangroves as homes to many creatures and as stabilising elements to the coast line.
This is a short walk of approximately 30 minutes but we wanted to go one step further so we walked to the nearby town of Manly along the foreshore where we were able to enjoy the sea breeze and the views.
We walked past Wynnum Jetty; the name of this little town is from the aboriginal word 'winnam' which means pandanus people. There are pandanus trees with their distinctive branching roots. We then walked on the Esplanade passing the Wynnum wading pool which is a protected and filtered pool area, all the way to Manly Boat Harbour. This walk took about an hour and a half one way. So a return journey to pick up the car meant we had earned a nice early tea and a beer. There are cafes and restaurants at both ends so there's plenty to choose from.