Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Giant Puppets

The Spring Festival held on the second weekend of October started of with a lantern parade and parade and performance of giant puppets.
The puppets were made of rattan (to give shape) gaffer tape (to hold the rattan) covered with paper and painted.
My granddaughers and I worked on the giant fish on the first of the many working bees, but we were only able to attend that one.
However, I was certainly delighted that our handiwork (thanks to other volunteers) appeared in the parade, and that we were able to see the results of our handiwork.

Spring Festival

I think everyone involved in the Spring Festival should be congratulated. It was very successful and this year no winds to blow the tents away!

I am sorry I missed it but I'm pleased to see photos of the parade and especially the Giant Puppets which "performed" on the Friday night. One that was in the Wynnum Herald, and on the local website was one that my granddaughters and I had worked on. Pretty pleased about that. I must get the photo.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Low tide in Rose Bay

It's not the prettiest sight - but it is part of what Wynnum Manly now is. Each day, four a day we have a tidal change - there are two high tides each day, and two low tides each day.

The water level varies - some low tides are very low, and some high tides are very low, and early each year we have "king tides" where the water really pushes over the walkway and if there are storms at the same time, the roadway will flood. (Doesn't happen very often!)

At low tide it becomes mudflats. If one walks on it - you'll sink to your ankes in mud. Squelchy brown mud. The wormers go out along the flats wearing long rubber boots or waders, and carry a large fork and a bucket and life the clumps of sandy silt to find the worms that are so cherished by fisherfolk.

Friday, September 29, 2006

The Purple Carpet

The jacaranda tree flowers around October each year. They are a little early this year, perhaps due to the drought. Some trees have not survived - old trees, in Wynnum Road have just died due to the lack of water.

It is always a picture arriving by plane in Brisbane at this time of year as there are great puffs of lilac on the ground all over the place.

The flowering of the jacaranda coincides with exam time too - so in some ways it is a reminder that students all over the state are sitting for their exams right now.

This photo was taken in Wynnum Road on 29/9/06.


Friday, September 22, 2006

Foreshore Upgrade

The redevelopment of the foreshore between Manly and Wynnum is underway. The cost of the project is $12.5 million dollars. The foreshore had a motley collection of parks, shelters and grassed areas, but it will all take on a new look when the redevelopment is completed.

A new road - currently still fenced off - has been created at Manly and more car parks are being created, eating a little into the park, but a necessity.

The locals are watching the development with interest.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Locals raise money for Africa

People gathered at local cafe Afrika Ink to present a cheque to Janet Duggan, mother of Donna, who lives in Arusha, Tanzania, and works to help local communities. Donna, a graduate of Moreton Bay College, lives with her husband and baby son, and together they run a Safari Business. Donna has a number of local projects - including providing fresh water, food and other support for the local school, Friends of Janet, Miranda Clark, Edward Kachab, and Lyn Hickey set out to raise $500 for a water tank, but in the end raised over $7000 and the cheque was presented at a wine and cheese function at Afrika Ink on Monday Sept 4th.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sunday at Manly

The restaurants at Manly are pretty busy on Sundays as people enjoy breakfast at one of the many venues that are open. There are some right on the waterfront too, which adds a special ambience. After breakfast a stroll amongst the stalls in the markets is popular and many people sit at Norfolk Point watching small boats, and yachts come in and out of the harbour.

It is reputed to be one of the largest marinas in the southern hemisphere - it certainly is huge with several big boat clubs there.

The Manly Fish Cafe (pictured) is on the corner of the Esplanade and Cambridge Parade (the main shopping precinct), and the harbour shot is the view that diners will get from the Cafe.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Manly Markets

The Manly Markets are held each Sunday morning from very early until early afternoon. There are all sorts of stalls - photography, craft, art, plants, food, vegetables, and lots more. So many people have a late breakfast at one of the many restaurants that are open in the Manly precinct, and wander down to the Markets for a stroll, and to purchase some of the great goodies available. A walk along the waterfront is usually on the program too.

Count the Pelicans

The strangest bird is a pelican
His beak can hold more than his belly can

Here are a host of pelicans, probably resting until they set out for some fish or crabs for their next meal - it was taken on the Wynnum Manly foreshore this morning (27/8/06)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Bayside Women in Business

Every three months a group of business women (and those interested in business) meet for lunch. The function for August was held yesterday (22nd), and the guest speaker was Kay Danes, who had been imprisoned in Laos a number of years ago. Everyone was spell bound as they listened to her very emotional story.

Kay Danes, with guests.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Clean Beach Award

The Clean Beach Award is being judged this week - Wynnum/Pandanus/Rose Bay/Manly beaches have all been submitted. Now, to be honest we can't compete against the Gold Coast, but we can try.

You'll find more about these awards at Clean Beach Awards

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

William Gunn and the Kiosk

This photo was taken at the William Gunn Jetty in Manly overlooking the Marina. There is a wonderful kiosk on the jetty, idea for stopping for a coffee on a Sunday stroll. When it is a bit windy the clear plastic curtains are rolled down to give some shelter and still enable you to see the activity on the water. It's good for lunch, morning tea, and there is some car parking available behind the pool.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Down by the pool

The Wynnum Pool is a local icon, and last week received much more interest than is usual. During the previous night car thieves stole a car from a neighbouring suburb and then drover or pushed the car into the wading pool.

Early morning walkers were surprised to find the car almost submerved in the pool. I wish I had been there with my camera - but you can see photographic evidence at
WynnumManly Online

Sunday, July 16, 2006


On Lytton Road there is a colony of fruit bats or flying foxes. Most people driving by don't see them, but thousands of them make their daytime roost in the mangroves near Dougboy Creek. It is hard to get a photo of them but two can be seen quite clearly hanging from one of the branches. When you drive by, you are likely to miss the sight, except on dusk. If you do stop your car (best to do on weekends when the traffic is quieter), you can hear the screetching and squabbling, and see them occasionally fly from one branch to another. The smell is something to hehold as well.
On dusk the sky is full - it is like a black cloud that ascends from the mangroves, does a few circuits and then they set out for the night in search of food. They love fruit trees and anyone with bananas or pawpaw will find traces of them the following day - bites taken out of the fruit, damaged beyond use, and their chewed remains on the ground below.
They also have trouble with their anal spincters - in fact they have none, so great trails of bat poo (guano) is left on houses, cars, paths etc.
For all that they are a protected species and for all the damage and inconvenience they cause, for the most part they are left alone.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Rivergate under the Bridge

Rivergate is a new entity in the region. Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River praovide wonderful opportunities for all boating communities, and this area is a popular visiting place for boaties from around the world.

The major marinas in the region complain that there the berths are often booked out, making it difficult for newcomers, so the Rivergate complex is great for the region. It is on the river mouth side of the great Gateway Bridge which spans the river and is the main arterial road from the south (Gold Coast etc) to the north (Sunshine Coast and northern Brisbane suburbs).

The bridge celebrated 20 years this year, and already it is being double due to the popularity of the bridge.

Wattle blooms

Along Lytton Road, Hemmant there are wattle bushes blooming. Great clumps of brilliant yellow blossoms at dotted alonside the road especially in the vicinity of the bridge over Doboy Creek. I think they are a bit early as it is something that I would expect later in the year, not in mid July, but I might be wrong.

Friday, July 14, 2006

On a clear day

On a clear day......... One of the "distractions" of the Wynnum Manly foreshore are the "mudflats" - once, many years ago, it was white sandy beaches but a number of changes to the area have resulted in the foreshore being silted up. Twice a day on high tide the mudflats are not visible. I guess it is just now part of the character of the area. This photo was taken around 10.30 am on Sunday July 9th, 2006. It shows the islands in the background, and the clear still waters of a breezless bay.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Only a few remain, but once upon a time the waterfront of Wynnum had a number of these pandanus trees which were very popular with the local indigenous people. Pandanus Beach, where these pandanus trees remain is undergoing some revegetation (hence the ugly plastic barriers!), and is one of the few white sandy beaches of the Wynnum area. It is believed that the local indigenous (aboriginals) called the pandanus winnam, from which the name Wynnum was derived.

Wellington Point

Wellington Point is visible from the foreshores of Wynnum and Manly. On a clear day at low tide you can see King Island - still attached by a spit of sand which becomes a popular walking trail before the tide changes and comes over the spit.
On one side of Wellington Point is the jetty and boat ramp - both popular. The jetty for those who want to fish and have no boat, and boat ramp is the setting of point for all sorts of small boats. In the distance is North Stradbroke Island and on any good day the white sails of yachts can be seen plying this very busy recreational waterway.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The beautiful Indian wall.


As in many communities we have a problem with graffiti vandals. Business with or adjacent to a blank wall are regularly subjected to attacks by these vandals. One simple way to discourage them is to pay an artist to create a feature wall. This wall is adjacent to the Punjab Restaurant in Manly. It is a beautiful piece of artwork.


Moreton Bay is a boaties paradise - until things go wrong, and as most boaties know there are all sorts of things that challenge even the most experienced boatie. Often it is a passing boat that will come to the rescue, but in many cases it is a call to the Coastguard to come and rescue the boat or the people. Especially when the weather and the sea turn nasty. There is a Coastguard station at the entrance to the Manly Harbour. This is just one of their craft.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Jazz Festival

Some 2000 people enjoyed the Wilson's Boathouse Jazz and Seafood Festival on the Sunday May 28th, 2006 - in the area on Norfolk Point surrounding the Boathouse Restaurant. The region is becoming a popular Jazz venue with two other Jazz events during the year - the Manly Rhythm and Blues Festival and the Father's Day Jazz Festival.

Roving comedians and a stiltwalker entertained the crowds.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

An island for every day of the year.

It is said that there are 365 islands in Moreton Bay - one for every day of the year. Some of the "islands" are little more than sand atolls that are only visible at low tide.
Three are quite a few islands visible from the Wynnum Manly area, the larger Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands in the distance, and St Helena, and Green quite close to the shore, and over at the sound end of Waterloo Bay is King Island. King Island is attached to the mainland by a sand spit. At low tide it is a popular walk - one just has to remember to make the return journey before the tide comes in. This photo was taken Easter Saturday, 2006.

Yachts need wind!

It was a perfect day - but not for yachties - they need to have their sails filled with wind to push them along. For us on the spectator boats it was a perfect day - no wind, smooth seas, no rocking of the boat!

The start of the race from Brisbane to Gladstone was delayed for almost an hour - not enough wind we were told. It gave us a good opportunity to look at the yachts up close.

When the wind did come in - it was just gentle - enough to flutter the flags, and off they went. This photo of the yacht Earthling, with calm water give some idea of the weather at the time.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

On Good Friday, the first public holiday of the Easter Weekend, it is the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. The main race goes from Sandgate to the north from Wynnum Manly - but it is from Manly that the multi-hull yachts leave.

I'd booked tickets on one of the spectator boats and duly lined up at 9 am along with many other people to go out and watch the race. It was a picture perfect day - blue sky, calm sea - no wind. No wind? What about the yachts?

The race was due to start at 11 am - and at 5 to 11 we heard the gun go off giving the 5 minute warning, followed by another. We on the spectator boat had no idea what was happening, as nothing happened at 11 am. The expected starter's gun did not go off, and the red flag indicating no race was still flying. It was almost another 50 minutes before the race started. We were told that it was because there was no wind - hardly a breath of air to fill the sails and push them on their journey.

If one was just to laze around on the bay in a boat, it was the perfect day to do so, but so frustrating for the yachties who wanted strong winds to fill their sails.

On one of the boats was a lone piper - yes, there was this guy standing on the boat playing the bagpipes. I must find out why - but it did amuse us.


There are quite a few pelicans around the area. They are a familiar sight flying - gliding across the sky. Often the are sitting with other sea birds on the waterfront - especially at low tide when quite a few of the birds congregate.

The best place to see them is at the mouth of Wynnum Creek. They spend a lot of time there, as there are many tasty morsels for them from the little Fish cafe, and this is where a lot of fishermen clean their catch and throw fish heads and bones into the creek. Good pickings for hungry pelicans.

The often can be found sitting atop a pole - just lazily watching the world go by and waiting for the next fishing boat to come back to share the catch.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Along the waterfront from Wynnum North to Lota is a pathway that takes you on a scenic walk or ride thought the most beautiful scenery in the area. With Moreton Bay, the boats, and islands in the back ground, the pathway is littered with cottowood trees and pine trees. Along the route are also quite a number of parks with picnic shelters, and other facilities to make life more comfortable for visitors.

Along the Esplanade are a wide selection of restaurants and cafe's too - along with several Boating Clubs with great facilities.

It's a walk done - all or in part - by hundreds of walkers and bicyle riders each day.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Blue sky day

Today is one of those special days - crisp morning air, blue skies, a gentle breeze fanning Moreton Bay. A good day for boating - our next door fishing boat left at 5 am to find what the ocean will give up this day.
The deep blue sea of Moreton Bay glitters in the sunlight, and the boaties soak it in. Just a magic day.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Wynnum Library Precincts

What a non-interesting building this is in more ways than one. People spend ages looking for the library which whilst signposted is hidden behind a motley lot of shop fronts, mostly in the hands of community organisations. Not that I take issue with that, but as it turns out it looks like some bizarre wasteland. The toilet block sits by the side of the library as if in silent protest at the whole place - it's disabled toilets being accessibly only by the mildly disabled. Wheelchair friendly it is not.

The library is well past its use-by date, and the council seems to have been teasing for the last ten years about a possible upgrade - better facilities within the libary (wider selection of books) and user friendly meeting rooms, just like most of the other libraries in the Brisbane City Council.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Dumbarton House at Hemmant

Hemmant State School on Hemmant Tingalpa Road at Hemmant is the longest suriving school in Queensland. Several years ago a new motorway was being constructed an in it's path was Dumbarton House. Such a historic house should not be lost to the community and so it was that it was carefully loaded on a big semi and slowly and surely taken to its new home in the grounds of the Hemmant State School. It is used now as an Administration Block, and though it sits awkwardly on the site of the school has been saved for posterity.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

William Gunn Jetty

The William Gunn Jetty can be found on the northern end of the Manly Harbour (Queensland). The new jetty was opened in 2005 - much smarter than the old one which also housed an old building which was surrounded by barbed wire. It had been an old Customs building for servicing boats that came from overseas. On that spot it now has a kiosk where food and drinks are served - providing a wonderful view of the boats in the harbour and any activity on the jetty. To get there, walk down beside the Manly Baths - can be seen easily from the Esplanade, on the corner where Wardy's Restaurant is situated. Just head down beside the Baths - there is parking behind the baths. Great on a fine day - a challenge on a windy one!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Shire Clerk's Cottage

The Shire Clerk's Cottage is situated in the grounds of the Leisure Centre on Tingal Road, Wynnum. It is now the venue for weddings, parties etc.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Wynnum Ambulance Museum

This wonderful old building is on Tingal Road, Wynnum, and is open from time to time for tours.

The building which was officially opened in 1927 to house the local ambulance station. The history of the building and the ambulance station is fascinating.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

From Norfolk Point

At the entrance to Manly Harbour is a great spot to sit and watch the boats go by. Norfolk Point is easily accessed by car or on foot from the Esplanade. Past the CoatGuard and Multihull Yacht Club and Wilson's Seafood Restaurant - you'll find a grassy area with some limited shelter.

People sit and watch the boats come and go through the channel that marks the entrance to the harbour - some come with binoculars and camera, others just to watch.

At weekends and on Wednesdays (WAGS - is it Wednesday Afternoon Gone Sailing?) there are many boats of all shapes and sizes that make their way through the entrance.

Is it a secret?

Thousands of cars and people pass this wonderland, hidden from the main road by bushland, is the Hemmant Quarry Reserve on Wynnum Road. The best access if via Foley Road, but there is a modest entry point on "The Mad Mile" but one does need to know the area first. There is a short scruffy path through the bushland to this amazing place. The old quarry is filled with water, which in turn is covered with waterlilly and weed. There is an interesting walking path around the park through the bushland, and areas for picnicking. Few people use it - but it is an amazing bush wonderland.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Brisbane's Foreshore Parklands - Wynnum Manly

This project resulted from a commitment by Campbell Newman, during the last council election campaign, that the council would spend $12.5 million dollars on foreshore parklands. The vision was to

"retain the eastern foreshore's sense of place as a link to Moreton Bay, though a sustainable parkland enhancement that creates places of interest and offers diversity of outdoor experiences."

A concept plan was developed and is now being used to finalise the plans for the area.

There will be information sessions on Saturday March 18th at Breakwater Park at 9.30 am to 10.30 am and Bayside Park at 11 am to 12 noon.

There is more information and detailed plans at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au - enter a search for Brisbane Foreshore Parklands.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Manly Harbour

It is often called the Gateway to Moreton Bay - it is the harbour closest to the Brisbane CBD. It has one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere and a popular port of call for sailors who wander the world in search of places to visit, and adventure. There are a number of Boat and Yacht Clubs in the perimeter of the marina, and at any time there are hundreds of magnicicent boats to see.

This photo was taken from the bottom of Cambridge Parade, looking towards the marina.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Wynnum Wading Pool

The Wynnum Wading Pool is on the waterfront adjacent to the Wynnum Jetty. It is filled with sea water, and on occasions drained and cleaned out. It is a bit sad to arrive for a dip in the pool to find it empty and bulldozers plying their way around the dry pool bed cleaning out the rubbish. It is apparently a good place to find the occasional sandcrab that has been sucked in via the inlet pipe! On a hot day the pool is the play area for many young and not so young children. It is also a venue for remote controlled boats and it is a common sight to see grown men playing with these toys!

The Wynnum Jetty

To the north we have the huge Port of Brisbane, at the mouth of the Brisbane River, and across the river the ever expanding Brisbane Airport is situated. Landing or taking off from the airport usually gives you wonderful views either across Moreton Bay or back towards the city of Brisbane through which the river winds.

The photo is of the jetty at Wynnum that stretches out into Moreton Bay. The poles at the entrance are part of an aboriginal totem. The area was inhabited by a number of aboriginal tribes before the white settlers came, and this is just one part of the local artworks to commemorate the Quandamooka people.

Wynnum Manly

There are two suburbs - Wynnum and Manly - they are like twins - conjoined twins. They are both on the bay - Moreton Bay - and are of course suburbs of the city of Brisbane.

This blog will be about the region and should be of interest to those visiting or planning to visit the area, as well as local residents. I will give details of places to visit, places to see.