Wynnun - Manly

Wynnum and Manly are twin suburbs on Moreton Bay, some 25 minutes (19 km) by car or by train from the city centre. The waterfront Esplanade at Wynnum is a great place to catch the fresh, salty breezes of Moreton Bay and views to Moreton Island. Pandanus Beach or the nearby Wynnum wading pool are great spots for children to enjoy the water. There are also a a variety of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops on The Esplanade.

Manly Harbour Village

Manly Harbour Village is the nearest point from the Brisbane Central Business District to access Moreton Bay and it is from here that tours of St Helena Island begin. Nestled beside the Manly Boat Harbour, the village has a wide variety of eating venues and provides an eclectic mix of shopping experiences, all complemented with views of the harbour.

Manly Boat Harbour

The well sheltered coastal location of Manly has resulted it becoming a popular location for boating. In 1958 Manly Boat Harbour was built. Large tidal walls were constructed to the north and south with dredging being undertaken to deepen the harbour. The Manly Boat Harbour is now the largest boat harbour facility in Queensland.


Cruising on Moreton Bay

Manly is a major setting-off point for cruising on Moreton Bay. The Bay offers an encounter with nature at its finest - the glistening waters of a magnificent bay; cays and oyster crags, spirit lifting expanses and sky burning sunsets; sea creatures, free in the wild; dugongs feeding, turtles basking, dolphins frolicking and gulls swooping and diving.

Cruises on offer include day and night tours of St Helena Island, once a penal settlement; yachting on Moreton Bay; Buccaneer Sailing around the islands of Moreton Bay; visits to Moreton Island, including Tangalooma Island Resort. Select from a range of day cruises, from whale watching to hand feeding dolphins, or a Dugong Eco Cruise.


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Manly Pool

Located on the foreshore (1 Fairlead Crescent), Manly Pool is a great place to cool off. There's a wading pool with play features for the kids, a 25 metre outdoor pool with an access ramp and slide, and a pool kiosk. The pool offers learn to swim classes and squad swimming.

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Manly Creative Markets

Held early every Sunday morning a variety of market stalls show their wares from plants, fruit and veg to arts and crafts. Ph (07) 3348 3524.; Jan Power's Farmer's Markets are held every 3rd Saturday of the month. Jan Powers Farmers Markets: on the waterfront at manly the third Saturday of every month (6am to 12 noon), it is the most beautiful market in a lush green park right on the water… its a cant miss market with not only beautiful farm fresh fruit and veg, but seafood, meats, cakes, breads , olives, spices, oils, honey, curry powders, delicious smoothies,

French delicacies and of course coffee. Location: Royal Esplanade, Manly, between Cambridge & Cardigan Parades.


Brief history

This part of Moreton Bay was occupied by the Aboriginal Mipirimm people. Their lifestyle was semi-nomadic. Increasing contact with the white settlers brought new diseases to the Aborigines including smallpox and tuberculosis which savaged the indigenous population.

European settlement of the Manly area first took place around 1860. In 1882 land was sold by auction for the 'Manly Beach Estate'. In 1889 a railway line was opened that provided a direct service to the state capital, Brisbane. By the early 1900s the area had become a popular seaside location.

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