Things to do on the Bayside
Brisbane boasts one of Australia’s premier sailing areas in Moreton Bay, with semi-sheltered waters and consistent fresh sea breezes providing good safe conditions for sailing, windsurfing and kite boarding. Four sailing clubs are established on Manly Harbour, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) being the largest and one of Australia’s most prestigious clubs for competitive sailing events. The RQYS hosts numerous racing class fleets from dinghies through to open ocean class racing yachts and catamarans.
Numerous sailing charter companies operate out of Manly Harbour, including corporate match race sailing charters. Check out our links page!
The Moreton Bay Marine Park has a multitude of places to explore for day trips and longer cruises throughout the bay and islands. Moreton, Stradbroke and Peel Islands offer particularly good water quality and anchorages to enjoy the bay and soak up the sun.
Numerous charter boat companies run regular charters from Manly Boat Harbour throughout the bay, including visits to St Helena Island, where visitors may explore the historic ruins of an old colonial settlement.
Many quality fishing areas can be found in Moreton Bay, with numerous inshore islands, natural and artificial reefs, sand and seagrass bottoms and creeks providing a diverse range of habitats for common target species of temperate and tropical finfish and crabs.
Experienced charter operators run regular day trips throughout the Bay and outside Moreton and Stradbroke Islands from Manly.
Nitro Charters (John Palermo)
Ph: (07) 3281 7900
Moreton Bay Marina Park is perfect for an encounter with marine wildlife and offers beginers and experienced divers plenty to explore.
The Royal Esplanade boasts one of Queensland’s best bayside walkways, with views across Moreton Bay’s islands and foreshore and the Manly Boat Harbour, passing through numerous seaside parks and recreation areas.
WINING AND DINING
Excellent restaurants are available at the RQYS and Manly Harbour Village only a few minutes walk along the Esplanade from the Motel.
The Manly Hotel in the centre of Manly offers great bars and beer garden facilities with all major sporting events televised and regular live entertainment, restaurant and gaming facilities and liquor barn and drive-thru bottleshops.
Various festivals are also held regularly in Manly and Wynnum each year offering special attractions to the area. Check our Events page for dates.
There is a variety of quality cafes located throughout the Manly Harbour Village Centre offering a laid back atmosphere to relax by the bay.
PICNICS AND FUN FOR THE KIDS
Numerous large parks are located along the Bayside foreshore from Lota to Wynnum, with great new fun playgrounds for the kids and picnic facilities for the family, with big open grass spaces to play cricket, kick a football or fly a kite.
PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS
Situated right on the Boat Harbour near the centre of Manly, Manly Baths offers a wonderful traditional outdoor lap pool and shallow kids pool open to the public from October to April.
Also available, the newly refurbished Historic Wading Pool on the foreshore in Wynnum is another great place nearby to take the kids for a swim and picnic.
9 OR 18 HOLES OF GOLF
Established in 1922 the Wynnum Golf Club is located in beautiful Bayside Brisbane and meanders over 31 hectares of picturesque parkland. With Social players welcome the 18 hole Championship golf course provides a challenge for players of all levels of ability. Our newly renovated federation style clubhouse sets the scene for any occasion. With its wide verandahs and panoramic views over the parklands the Wynnum Golf Club caters for a range of functions. Hosting events such as Conferences, Seminars, Corporate Golf Days & Boardroom facilities to unforgettable Wedding Days & Celebrations.
Pro Shop: +61-7-3396-3546
Club House: +61-7-3396-9000
SPORT, SPORT, SPORT
There are many sporting clubs and venues in the area, including; Lawn Bowls, Wynnum Croquet, Wynnum Tennis, ‘Kougari Oval’-Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Sleeman Sports Complex- Chandler; Diving Australia, Swimming Qld, Cycling Qld, Qld Weight Lifting Association, Sailing Qld.
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*Check out our Links page to help you make booking arrangements and/or obtain more information on the various activities above.