Wynnum and Manly
Half an hour east of the city, Wynnum and Manly offer an easy-reach bayside experience. The Wynnum North Mangrove Circuit is worth a look, especially for wildlife – watch out for fish and migrating birds. If you’re feeling active, hire a bike to ride the 1.5-kilometre Esplanade from Manly to Lota. The Manly Boat Harbour is a vista of yachts, and charters and boat hire for both fishing and sailing are available. Tours to the island of St Helena also depart from here. This island is two-thirds national park, and served as a penal settlement between 1867 and 1932. Prison life is recalled in the stark but strangely beautiful structures that remain. North of Wynnum, at the mouth of the Brisbane River, is the 19th-century Fort Lytton. A museum at the fort (open only on Sundays and public holidays) interprets Queensland’s military and social history from 1879. Further north is the Port of Brisbane , which offers public tours and a visitor centre. Wynnum–Manly Visitor Information Centre: 43A Cambridge Pde, Manly; (07) 3348 3524.