Saturday, February 28, 2009

Chambers of Commerce

Valmae Richardson of Shangri La Gardens and Julia Ponder of Bayside Learning Centre
at the Mix and Mingle 27/2/09

There are two very active Chambers of Commerce in the region - strange for a relatively small community, but they are different. The Manly Chamber focuses on tourism, especially events in the Manly area, from which of course the whole region generally benefits. The Wynnum and Districts Chamber has a wider focus - generally working with all business in the region. One of their popular events is the bimonthly Mix and Mingle, which is held at Shangri La Gardens. This is a grand networking event enjoyed by members and their guests.

For contact details and links to the Chamber website click here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wynnum Wading Pool

The Wynnum Wading Pool was created during the great Depression in the 1930's, and last year was re opened after a redevelopment.

The Pool is adjacent to cafe's on the Esplanade, and is a great picnic spot with plenty of seating, and picnic areas. You can buy your food and drinks or bring them for a great picnic in this parkland.

If you like walking or cycling, there are quality paths to the north and to the south of the bay - with interesting places to stop and explore along the way.

The pool is a great place to cool off and at one end is a slippery slide that the children will enjoy. Adjacent are change rooms and toilet facilities, and the Wynnum Jetty stretches out into the Bay. It is a pleasant walk to the end of the jetty and back.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Sailing on Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay is glorious and there are many ways to go boating on the Bay and see for yourself the wonders on our doorstep here. If you have your own boat - you are fortunate, but for those who do not there are many options. One in particular which is a great day out is on the sailing ship South Passage. The home port of the South Passage is Manly, which is the base of Sail Training Association of Queensland. The South Passage is available for day trips from time to time, so check the program here and book in. You will need to be at the William Gunn Jetty, Manly by 9.30 am, ready with comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen, hats, (togs if you want a swim), and a sense of adventure. Don't forget your food - as you must supply all your own refreshments for day trips. If you are interested in learning how to sail, or being involved in the organisation, or going on longer voyages, check out the website. Join the organisation and enjoy membership benefits. We went on one of the voyages on January 23rd 09 - and it was a great fun day out!

You can phone : (07) 3893 3777 for more information.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Pelicans at dawn

Along the foreshore from Wynnum North to Lota is a walkway right on the edge of the bay. In the early morning from before sunrise it is a magnet for walkers who enjoy their daily exercise in front of the magnicicent view of Moreton Bay.

From the north, and the south and places between, you can walk off into other paths, or streets, or if you are a cyclist, there are plenty of places to take your bicycle and explore further.

In the early morning the sun rises up from the horizon, and sometimes there is a gently breeze. Good for walking. Other times there can be a bit of a stronger wind, but at this time of the year (February) it is more likely to be peaceful.

Take your walking shoes, and a bottle of water, and a camera - and walk. Need some refreshments along the way? Easy. There are several coffee shops that will be open from early in the morning, so tuck some money into your bumbag!

Often you will see many pelicans around the Wynnum Creek area. There is a fish market, and the pelicans often enjoy a feed there. These huge clumsy birds spend a lot of time in this area, waiting for the food.

(If you look closely you can see a group of pelicans - around the middle of the photo.)