Wynnum to Manly Foreshore Walk

Manly Boat Harbour

With school holidays coming up, it’s always a good idea to have a few interesting walks planned, to get rid of all of that excess energy!

One of our favourites is the foreshore walk between Wynnum and Manly. It’s about 4.5km one way with a smooth path suitable for strollers and scooters. There are plenty of playgrounds on the way along with picnic shelters.

At the Wynnum end, the shady playground near the Wynnum Jetty is great for kids of all ages and there are cafes and takeaways opposite. It might still be a bit chilly, but the Wynnum wading pool is a great places to cool down if we get one of those hot mid-spring days.

Manly Playground

The Manly end of the walk has a public swimming pool, a big playground with picnic shelters and plenty of cafes along Cambridge Parade. There are also markets on Sundays. Children will enjoy a stroll out onto the William Gunn Jetty to see people trying their luck with a fishing line, and yachts coming and going from the marina. The cafe on the jetty has great views of the action.

Do you have any favourite walks for kids in Brisbane?


State Library at South Bank

If you’re walking along the river near South Bank’s cultural precinct, be sure to pop into the Queensland State Library (between the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art).  If you thought libraries were just buildings full of books, you’ll be surprised at what the State Library has to offer.

The first thing you’ll notice is an almost complete lack of books.  Don’t worry, there are plenty upstairs, but the Infozone on the ground floor is filled with computers which are free for public use.  It’s also a free wifi (wireless internet access) zone popular with travellers and students. 

Also on the ground floor is The Corner, a great area for children eight under to play and be creative.  The Parlour on level one is filled with games that older children and adults will enjoy.  These games are the old fashioned type that don’t involve a screen – chess, checkers, Scrabble, backgammon, a giant snakes and ladders board and many more.

Tim Fairfax Newspaper Reading Room

Tim Fairfax Newspaper Reading Room

Upstairs you’ll find exhibitions of artworks, photos, historical documents and objects.  In the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery we had a look at  Panoramic Queensland.  It was fascinating to see photographic panoramas of Brisbane taken in the 1800s and compare them to the city today.  That exhibition is finished, but there are others to view.

On level 3 is the Tim Fairfax newspaper reading room where you can have a browse through Queensland, Australian and international newspapers.  I love this spot, not only for its cosy design and handy reading lamps, but also for the views of the river and CBD.  In fact, from every floor of the State Library, you’ll be rewarded with great views and peaceful spots to rest. 

Downstairs is an interesting book shop and cafe if you need to re-fuel before continuing your walk.

Open:  10am – 5pm daily (until 8pm Mon – Thu)

The Corner open:  10am – 1pm weekdays
(until 4pm weekends, school and public holidays)

Admission:  free

South Bank & Maritime Museum

Maritime MuseumWe had a walk though South Bank on Sunday after a CityCat ride.  It’s always a great place to visit because there’s always something happening.  The markets were on with live music playing and lots of delicious aromas coming from the cafes and restaurants on Grey Street.  The playgrounds were full of children and lots of people were having picnics and using the free BBQs.

We visited the Maritime Museum which is beside the Goodwill Bridge.  The highlight of the Museum for children (and adults) is being able to explore the HMAS Diamantina, a decommissioned naval vessel in dry dock. With 160 sailors crewing the ship during WWII, you wonder how they all fitted into the cramped quarters.  This is a good attraction to visit during winter because I can imagine it would be very hot inside the ship in the summer months.

HMAS DiamentinaThere are plenty of other things to look at in the Museum including: scale models of famous ships; a room displaying lighthouse equipment; and an area where you can pretend you’re the captain of a ship.  You may even see a diver discovering a chest full of treasure. Take a picnic lunch and eat outside right above the river and enjoy the views.



Admission:  $8 adults / $7 concession / $3.50 children (5 – 16) / $18 family (2 + 3)

Hours:  9:30 am- 4:30 pm (last admission 3:30 pm)

Web:  http://www.maritimemuseum.com.au/

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