Fun by the sea

Haven Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLS -

Spring school hol­i­days mean a re­turn to the great out­doors – and es­pe­cially the wa­ter. But why not try some­where new? Stay away from the ‘nor­mal’ bustling beaches with these three se­cluded sea­side spots that of­fer loads of whole­some fam­ily fun.

Scar­bor­ough

Lined with tow­er­ing Nor­folk pine trees, the north Bris­bane sub­urb of Scar­bor­ough boasts a beach with golden sand and calm, clear wa­ter. En­joy lunch on the lush green grass un­der the shade of the trees, or catch some rays on the beach while duck­ing in and out of the wa­ter. Kids will love the pi­rate play­ground while mums and dads will love the many nearby cafes and restau­rants that cer­tainly make the most of their beach­front lo­ca­tion. While you’re in the area, why not ex­plore the nearby sub­urb of Red­cliffe, which is home to the well-known Red­cliffe Jetty. Whether you’re fish­ing for fresh whit­ing off the jetty or fresh farm goods on mar­ket day, the Red­cliffe Jetty and the sur­round­ing area make for a great day on the bay.

Raby BAY

Raby Bay is home to some pretty elite canal real es­tate in Bris­bane’s east, but it’s also home to some won­der­fully quiet and well-kept fore­shore ar­eas – quite the hid­den gems. The main park ex­tends a fair way along Mast­head Drive. There’s a neat lit­tle stretch of sand called Mast­head Beach that’s per­fectly calm for lit­tlies to frolic in the ocean. Toi­lets, play equip­ment, bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties and path­ways ga­lore will keep your fam­ily mem­bers as busy (or re­laxed!) as they want to be. If you’re up for a ‘park crawl’ on your visit, Raby Bay Boule­vard Park is a short drive away and of­fers more neat fore­shore. Whether it’s a cof­fee on the way in, lunch, or a yummo ice­cream on the way home, you’ll find it all in the Raby Bay Har­bour­side precinct. The kids will love look­ing at the boats too! And, why not also ex­plore the nearby Cleve­land Light­house precinct on your day by the bay?

Wyn­num

Be­tween the jetty, the wad­ing pool and pretty Pan­danus Beach, Wyn­num might just be one of Bris­bane’s best-kept se­crets. Take a stroll up and down the jetty, or re­lax on the white sand of Pan­danus Beach at the jetty’s en­trance – the spot is ideal for fam­i­lies, as the wa­ter is rel­a­tively calm thanks to the pro­tec­tion from Strad­broke and More­ton Is­lands. Al­ter­na­tively, take a dip in the her­itage-listed Wyn­num Wad­ing Pool, which has been en­joyed by Bris­bane lo­cals and hol­i­day­mak­ers since 1933. And, as if that isn’t enough, W. Poole play­ground – just a few me­tres from the jetty and wad­ing pool – has a num­ber of wa­ter foun­tains and play­ground equip­ment to keep the kids en­ter­tained for hours on end.

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