#12 – Brett Kettle

2nd June,  2017

This week we meet Brett, who among other things is a Marine Biologist and ultramarathon runner.  He just completed the ultra trail 100km event in the Blue Mountains a couple of weeks ago!

One area of Brett’s work that I find fascinating is in the area of Coral Reef Damage assessment and restoration.  Think where a ship has run aground, and the damage needs to be contained and the best restoration plan put in place.

Brett was also kind enough to coach me through to my first marathon, 2 years ago, for which I am very grateful!

I caught up with Brett for a coffee and then a look at his new boat he is fitting out, and a short sea trial across to St Helena Island. It is amazing how good you feel after being on the water, even if for a short time, I was buzzing for the remainder of the day!

It is amazing how they can pick up boats so effortlessly!

Flying Fish 1 – ready for take off

What brought you to the area?

We moved to the area when I did a stint in the biotech sector. We needed somewhere handy to the airport & public transport, where we weren’t fighting the morning traffic north and south of the city, and it had to be by the sea. 🙂 But that’s not really why we’ve stayed. We fell in love with the Wynnum-Manly community. So many things to do & so many great community groups.

Rack to water in a couple of mins!

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

Lots of good times, but hard to pick one that stands out. But one aspect that is very strong for Brenda & I is running along the foreshore between the mangrove boardwalks at each end of Wynnum & Lota.

Leaving the Harbour

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Love to see a cinema and a little more critical mass in the local population so that more of our cafes and restaurants can stay open weekdays and evenings.

We arrive at St Helena

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

Well, if you’ve gotta get on the water you can’t go past Seabreeze https://www.seabreeze.com.au/weather/wind-forecast/brisbane for planning your weekend

Garmin kit everywhere, the charts were amazing!

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

I think there’s a lot of our locals, and certainly a lot of Brisbane, who don’t know that we have such a vibrant marine services industry based out of Manly Harbour. With four different marinas, five cafes/restaurants (plus a handful more opposite the harbour on the Esplanade), and about a dozen specialist marine service companies within the harbour precinct focussing mainly on supporting recreational boaters, we’ve got an awesome hub for marine leisure.

Tied up after a lovely run out and back to St Helena

Thanks for the catchup Brett!


#11 – Frankie’s Coffee Bar

26th May 2017

This week we meet Sarah and Ross from Frankie’s Coffee Bar.  Their business is new to the area, and already pleasing the locals with some nice additions to the usual items found in a coffee shop.

I had lots of fun chatting and shooting here today, and due to the coffees I sampled, this post was completed in half the usual time 🙂
Do drop in and say hi!

EDIT: Frankie’s address is 2/15 Fox Street, across from Greene Park

Opening at 5:00 you can get your coffee nice and early

You can even order ahead!

What brought you to the area?

We always wanted to move to Brisbane to be closer to family.  In Melbourne, we lived near water and wanted a similar place to spend our time and found Wynnum.

I really enjoyed the cold press coffee

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

Wynnum will always be memorable to us now. It’s the place we decided to start something for ourselves, work for ourselves and be a part of a community. Wynnum and the locals have exceeded our expectations and given us a place to feel at home.

Different flavours including beetroot and turmeric

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Probably the same as a lot of our customers would like to see happen! Which is for the restaurant to reopen on the water, we hear stories of how wonderful the old fish n chips were. [on the creek]

Some very tasty treats as well, the brownie was so good!

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


Ross and Sarah are serious about their coffee

and tea…


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

History and upcoming events!

Thanks for allowing me to hang out with you both for a while!

Hope to bump into you at the newest coffee bar in Wynnum

#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)