#10 – Mangrove Boardwalk


19th May, 2017

This week we visit another place in Wynnum.  The Mangrove Boardwalk is located north of the Bugs Rugby club, close to the carpark for the off leash dog park.  I am surprised by the number of people that I have chatted with over the years that haven’t been to the boardwalk or even know about it.

Location of boardwalk – map c/- Google maps

Walkway from the carpark to the start of the boardwalk

hang a right

Informative signs throughout the walk

reopened in 2014

Southern entrance

The mangrove trees overhang the boardwalk

Glad I didn’t drop my camera!

Areas to sit and take it in are available

Springy underfoot if you are jogging

There is a platform to view Wynnum and Islands

At high tide, you can watch the fish tidy up around the trees


#9 – Bellis

May 13, 2017

This week we visit a house in Wynnum, Bellis, which is owned by well-known Gardening Australia presenter, Jerry Coleby-Williams and is an amazing and affordable sustainable garden.  I attended the open day, this morning with my Mum and my bride, and it was fantastic to see what can be achieved on an average size block.

Jerry in front of Bellis

My gardening skills are talked about in our family, give me a lush garden, and I can turn it to dust within a short period of time.  I honestly don’t know why I am so bad at it, as I find it therapeutic, and love being able to harvest our own herbs and veges.  It may have something to do with the family of possums living at our place that decimate all in their path!

The best clubs always have someone on the door

I must say that I felt almost ‘uplifted’ by experiencing Jerry’s garden.  The lush gardens and the variety of plants that can be grown in our area astounded me.  Jerry is obviously very knowledgeable and has put a lot of work into the garden, but I think the bride and I have a new challenge for an area of our garden, and that will include the bees we saw.

I hope to have a chat with Jerry in the future about what brought him to Wynnum, but he was generous with his time on a very busy day to give some advice on our platoon of possums, and pose for a photo.  Much appreciated Jerry!

Bellis will be greeting a lot of guests over the weekend!

Jerry offering tips to all who asked

Great numbers coming out, despite some drizzle

Such a selection of plants!

Many generations were enjoying the garden, which was fantastic to see

Beautiful spots scattered throughout the garden

I see native stingless bees in our future!  There were many of these hives throughout the garden

The garden was so lush!

Jerry has my favourite tree as a centre piece

Naughty kid seat

I got the sense of different ‘rooms’ within the garden which I enjoyed

Love using these leaves in Thai cooking, and brought a little fella home

An assortment of chillies throughout the garden

It was great to listen in on more knowledgeable folk discussing tips

That pandanus!

Ever helpful with the questions

Lots of plants were bought!

My purchases of kaffir lime tree and Piri Piri Chilli 

The open day is today and tomorrow 9:00 to 4:30 and you can find more details here.  I can highly recommend a visit!


#8 – Akiko McDougall

May 5, 2017

This week we meet Akiko McDougall, who I met at an Illuminations festival organising meeting a few years back (I wasn’t involved in the festival, but was considering at the time). I recall her warm welcome, and her following up, always with a friendly smile, and good intent.

I then caught up with her at various local events, including Saturday parkruns. It was great to speak with her about Japan, as I was travelling there with my family a couple of years back.  I coincidently happen to be in Japan at the moment as I post this 🙂  I love Akiko’s enthusiasm for the local area, and she is involved in various events and activities that contribute to the great area that we live in.

Thanks Akiko for letting me chat, coffee and taking a few photos 🙂

Say hi to Akiko if you see her friendly smile around the area

What brought you to Wynnum?

Glenn (my husband)’s family has always lived in this area and have been avid sailing people.

So, when we came back from living in Japan after 8 years, we decide to live in this area. We loved the natural beauty of the bayside and also thought it would be good for bringing up a child.

We moved to  Lota in a very quiet neighbourhood, and although I loved the serenity of it,  coming from Tokyo, I was missing being able to walk to places to have a coffee or pick up a carton of milk, so when we found out about the unit developments in Wynnum, we bought a unit. We moved in December and we absolutely love it.

Strolling in Wynnum Central

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum you would like to share?

I was involved in the Illuminations Festival since inauguration until it had to be cancelled this year, and have found the people and community in this area, absolutely amazing.

There is a lot of love for the area and willingness to help to make this place even a better place to be.

It might be because Wynnum doesn’t have a fancy brand, but I find the people here really down to earth and genuine.

We chatted about memories of the illumination festival

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I believe in having a strong community, having a place to belong and to be proud of, is beneficial to people in all stages of life. Especially for children who grow up in the area.

And I really think having a regular event would contribute to an even stronger community.

It is amazing how many people talk about the Spring Parade. We were hoping Illuminations Festival would be that event, but it just couldn’t get enough funding. Hopefully, we can come up with an exciting event that brings joy to the community and is sustainable for a long time.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

There are so many groups and communities working hard to create an inclusive community, and it would be great if there was an easier way to work together.

Websites like this (When in Wynnum) or FB pages like Wynnum What?! all contribute to a stronger community, and I love that.

Wynnum Manly Events Incorporated have started a FB page called “What’s On in Wynnum Manly” that focuses solely on events in the area.

Once we get our energy back together (after the illuminations festival), we are hoping to put on smaller regular events including laneway movies and dinner on the Wynnum jetty.

Akiko has been involved in the publishing industry. Seems books has become a theme with When in Wynnum…

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

I do believe that there is a story in every single one of us, it would be great if you can cover all the everyday people, like HONY!

Checking out the local shops


#7 – ANZAC Day

April 25, 2017

This week we are posting early, to honour those who have served our country and New Zealand, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I attended a few services in the area and the Wynnum parade.  I enjoyed chatting with friends at each of the services and meeting Tony, a member of the Wynnum sub-branch, while we waited for the service to start.  Manly, Wynnum and the NASHOS service at Darling point were all well attended.

I must say that every time I hear a bugle playing the Last Post, it raises the goosebumps!

A great crowd on all sides of the park for 4:15 service

I take off from Manly and arrive in time for Wynnum 5:00 service.

People catching up before the service

Signing the attendance book

A nice service at the Wynnum RSL, and then it was then off to the NASHOS Anzac Sunrise Service at Darling Point Memorial at 6:10.  What a spectacular location to have a service as the sun is rising over the horizon.

I grabbed a coffee from Coopers before the service, and I was amazed at how many people were about, coming or going from services, and there was quite a line for breakfast and coffee around 5:30.  It was great to see so many out, paying their respects, and enjoying a glorious morning!

Crowd is building

These guys and girls found a great spot to park

The dawn light was fantastic!

Run sheet for the service

Put the billy on

It was then off to the parade through Wynnum Central.

Nice size crowd lined the whole route

Impressive vehicle

Love all the waving and clapping

I think I heard this was his granddaughter watching out for him

One of our finest

Love a marching band!


The next generation showing their appreciation

Wreaths post service

Big crowds at Wynnum’s later service

Laying wreaths

Must be the expensive seats up high

Cadets showing their respect

I don’t usually attend this many services / events on the same day, but it was a great way of seeing our local area showing their ANZAC spirit.

#6 – Wynnum Jetty

April 21, 2017

This week we aren’t highlighting any of the great humans of the area, but a local destination, the Wynnum Jetty!  I don’t know how many times I have walked, jogged, chased toddlers or just stopped and taken in the view from the local jetty.

I love the  pole structure at the entrance of the jetty

Dawn at the jetty is always special!

Fish are inlaid in the jetty at the entrance from the wading pool





The jetty rails make a perfect frame, which ever way you look!

I grabbed this photo before a little while back – subject not known, but having a load of fun!Who is walking who?

These crew caught some tailor off the jetty this morning

Dawn from the end of the jetty

Looking North

Love the mosaics!

The Jetty from pandanus beach

Local family kindly posing for me 🙂

#5 – Robert Hoge

April 14, 2017

This week we meet Robert Hoge, an author, former advisor to Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier and taker of some fantastic shots around Wynnum on Instagram!

I have seen Robert walking about Wynnum a couple of years after we moved here and wondered what was his story, and then for whatever reason, I didn’t see him walking at the same time as me for a while.  I then recognised him on Australian Story, and heard him again on the ABC radio show / podcast Conversations with Richard Fidler. I told myself if I ever got this Wynnum project up and going, he was someone I wanted to meet and chat with.

Robert was kind enough to meet up at a favourite spot in Wynnum, spend a bit of time and then off to the park with his family.  He was also gracious enough to sign my copy of his book.


What brought you to the area?
A birth and a marriage, really. I grew up in Manly West, just off Stannard Rd and after a wandering adulthood living in Hemmant, Indooroopilly, Ipswich and Clayfield, I came back to Wynnum six years ago when my wife and I bought a house here.

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
A bunch but I’ll stick to two. When I was at primary school at Guardian Angels we’d occasionally take a walk down to the waterfront. This one time we went down and the tide was out. We were strongly encouraged to remain on dry land but I ventured out further than I should have and got stuck in the mud. Now, I have two prosthetics (artificial legs) and getting out of the mud once I was firmly implanted was easier legged than done. It took a lot of effort and the heroic efforts of a very cranky nun to finally remove me.

My other memorable experience is just the poetry of a pleasant walk. I love walking from my house, through the industrial blocks along Tingal Rd, down to Wynnum Creek, along the foreshore, up Edith St and a stop for coffee, and back home.

What would you love to see in Wynnum?
I think Wynnum is pretty great. I don’t have a shopping list of things I want or don’t want. Wynnum has changed since I was a kid and it will continue to change but it has maintained its accessible modesty. Wynnum works because its people work. I love seeing people interact with all the lovely open spaces we have, all the great businesses we have. I hope that can continue as we change.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
I’m a big fan of Wynnum What?! on Facebook. And if anyone wants to check me out, they can find me at roberthoge.com or with lots of Wynnum pics on Instagram.

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Keep doing what you’re doing. A mix of recognisable faces is great. But everyone has a great story to tell.

#4 – Little Gnome Bookstore

April 7, 2017

This week we meet the Little Gnome at his bookshop, along with his humans, Bel and Jack.  I popped in a couple of times to have a chat and capture some photos. There was such a great vibe going on in the place.  Books, coffee, great company and Wynnum, what more could you ask for!

The business has been going for approximately 2 years, and it definitely feels a permanent part of the Wynnum landscape.  I loved the fact that some people have their own cups, with their name on it,  kept at the shop, for when they pop by. I had a great time chatting about books, soccer,  music and the local area with the 3 of them!

Over to the Little Gnome crew.

Love the facade, lots to grab the attention!

The three proprietors

What brought you to the area?

We’ve lived in Wynnum for 8 years. Loved it from day one. We chose our home in Wynnum North, because it was still surrounded by the original neighbours of the owner, so being in their late seventies, early eighties, they had so much history to pass on. We love the bay, the view and the community spirit here.

Such a cute and photogenic mascot of the store

Love the personalised mugs!

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I think getting to know the amazing people we meet. Particularly those who have lived here their whole lives. The stories you hear, regardless of how old they are, are full of so much history. Characters past and present, are remembered by each person, in a different light. It’s fascinating.

A lot of books to ponder and had to remind myself to stop spine gazing!

A young customer agreed to pose for a photo.  He had an awesome name!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

The State and federal government need to see the potential the bay has to offer. More tourism orientated activities. A purpose built jetty with a carnival at the end. We also need to find a way to make the Wynnum CBD more connected to the water.

Little Gnome’s humans ready for chat with a smile

I enjoyed the coffee. A lot!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Supporters of independent authors is a core philosophy of the business

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

We have an amazing customer named Christina MacDonald. She is quite possibly the most fascinating human I’ve ever met. Incredibly bright and has lived a fascinating life.

Little Gnome keeping an eye on things in the store

#3 – Vanessa Perske

March 31, 2017 – Vanessa Perske

Without sounding too much like a gushy fan boy, Vanessa is one of my favourite artists.  We were fortunate enough to purchase one of her works years ago, where we got to have around 7 specific items painted into it.  For example our son walking home from school, daughter fishing and our dog Charlie at the dog park.  We always get comments about our picture when people visit.

I was delighted when Vanessa agreed to allow me to visit her home / studio to take some pics, chat and meet the chickens!

Our artwork from Vanessa

Relaxing on the deck, a gorgeous space

What brought you to the area?
I grew up on a golf course and we were after a “sea change”. We moved here when my 1st child was born along with my parents, my brothers family and sister-in-law’s family!

A great studio space to work in!

Artists hands!

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum you would like to share?
A really great memory for me was participating in the Jan Power markets for nearly 5 years, exhibiting my paintings. This was a special time and the friends I made during that period remain very dear to me.

V: Ok to let the chickens roam?  Me: Please!

Artwork and chickens!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?
Cinemas!!!! I would love for Wynnum to take on more of an art and music culture. I love all different types of food, it’d be great to incorporate the suburban lifestyle with some urban fun – some great new wining & dining maybe! Wynnum/Manly has a real village charm so introducing a bit of a contemporary vibe alongside that would be awesome to see!

Getting paint on the pallette

It was great watching the process

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Look out for the sign!

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
I have heard from various older local residents that Pandanas Beach and Lota areas used to be sandy beaches, and that people would come and visit on day trips and holidays to spend time at the beach. I’d love to know more about this and whether there is truth behind the rumours!!! Maybe some old photos?

Love, love, love this Sydney painting! So much work and it is huge! 

Great spot to relax with a cuppa (you can bet magpies are watching from the tree)


#2 – Cranks Bicycle Garage

March 26, 2017 – Cranks Bicycle Garage

The cranks family

This week we meet the family behind the business Cranks Bicycle Garage.  I have known this family for a few years now, and they are very supportive of the local community. El took part in riding a fixed gear bike in a relay team across Australia last year to raise money for charity!  Incredible effort and looked to be an experience locked away in the memory forever!

Eloise rode this bike across the country in a charity relay event

The best open sign I have ever seen! 

What brought you to Wynnum?

We both love the water! Being close to the ocean is important to us both.

Now we have a chance to combine our love of cycling with living in the Wynnum area and contribute to our local community through our family owned business.

They start their mechanics at an early age


Do you have any interesting / memorable experiences in Wynnum?

We also love to contribute through Cranks wherever we can in creating a like minded community. Cycling is a passion for us and encouraging others to get out on the roads or pathways is something we love! Helping people gain experience and learn to cycle safely is important to us; cycling is for everyone!

Wynnum is an awesome place to live if you love being a part of an active, energetic fitness community for people of all ages!

Eloise’s pop’s bike that he rode all through his life

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

The current changing face of Wynnum/ Manly to continue.

All of these wonderful local businesses that are popping up creating a place to go on weekends.

Cranks family enjoying themselves 🙂


Any link to a website that you would like to share?



Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

People who have a heart to continue to develop our culture and local community. Our area is unique and has some really exciting possibilities as we continue to move forward. We love the family environment and great local people who make it the great place it is; we love getting to know them and a little about their story!

Bespoke spoke holder

Love the smell of bike stores, and it hits you as you enter!

How cool is the card holder made out of a chain ring 


#1 – Alan and Róisín

March 19, 2017 – Alan and Róisín

Welcome to the first instalment of When in Wynnum, and to all three of you viewing in the next month (thank you family!).  This week we meet Alan and Róisín.

I have met more people from Wynnum and the surrounding suburbs, as a direct result of coming in contact with these two people.

Alan and Róisín started the Wynnum parkrun event, and I attended my first one in September 2012.  I actually didn’t go until the 3rd event, as I was petrified of how can I make 5 whole kilometres!

A lot of the people that I have met at parkrun have now become good friends.

What brought you to Wynnum?

When we emigrated from UK at end of 2011 we researched great places to live in Australia and we quickly decided on QLD and Brisbane and by chance the first day of looking for a place to live we found a great unit in Wynnum North which helped us to settle into our new country.

Do you have any interesting / memorable experiences in Wynnum?

After 1 year of living in Wynnum, we attended our second Australia Day breakfast in Bandstand Park and remarked at how many hellos we got from people we’d met over that first year at parkrun, Wynnum Manly Historical Society, Craft Groups, Stella Maris, Nazareth House and Guardian Angels Church.

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

We’d love Wynnum to be fully connected to the North to the Brisbane CBD and South into Redlands and Gold Coast with a Bayside/Riverside foot and cycle path, fully safe and accessible to all of us who love to walk, cycle or run around our beautiful coasts and rivers in SEQ

Is there a  link to a website that you would like to share?

We’d love to share a link to Wynnum parkrun – http://www.parkrun.com.au/wynnum – it’s a free weekly timed 5km run and walk along our beautiful bayside paths from the Wading Pool every Saturday at 7am. Since Roisin and I started the first event in September 2012, more than 6,000 people have taken part and completed over 242,000km! All are welcome to join us for an hour on any Saturday morning to enjoy a healthy social activity with a strong community spirit.

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

Wynnum Manly Historical Society which meets at 7:30pm in the Ambulance Museum on 3rd Thursday every month. They also have an Information Centre open 10-12 weekdays in the Old School.

I want to thank Róisín and Alan for taking the time out to chat and take some photos, and for catalyst for me meeting some many good folk of the area!