Two local new mamas sharing tried and tested fam favourites and kid-centric spots [that'll still have you leaving feeling self-indulged], dotted around Redlands Coast and Brisbane’s Bayside, that deserve to be illuminated now more than ever following a bumpy pandemic patch for local small businesses.
About A Bayside Journal
Our Current Faves.
This season’s must—do, must—try & must—sees
Autumn Seaside Brekky at Ancora.
We recently headed to Ancora RQYS for a Mother’s Day brekky by the water’s edge, and can safely say you’ll be hard—pressed to find another breakfast view like it [especially one where you can get an immediate car park!]
Essential mama—fuel to accompany our 10th morning coffee [#toddlertings] was the most delish brekky burger, salmon eggs benni and a feta smashed avo.
A shiny new swing and play set over on one of the grassy knolls make for the perfect babe—distraction... You’ll get to finish your latte while it’s still hot *gasp*.
Wynnum Waterfront Pop—up Library.
Brisbane City Council are currently hosting a pop—up library at Wynnum foreshore, and it’s a great way to spend a quiet autumn morning catching up with local mums and bubs.
The event is free, with no booking required & is on every second Wednesday morning until the end of the year at Wynnum wading pool park, Wynnum Esplanade.
Hot tip: Pack some togs as chances are you’ll spend a good deal of time coaxing children out of the waterpark!
Straddie Day Trip.
How lucky are we to be able to duck over to Straddie for a beach session, bush walks and of course, lunch with a v enviable view, and be home in time for dinner!?
Day trips from Cleveland to Dunwich are our new favourite thing... and imo one of the best parts is that instead of a boring car ride for a couple of hours, the 45 min ferry trip over sees the adventure begin right away — you’ll find us sipping lattes on the top deck overlooking the ocean while the little ones are beside themselves with excitement as they explore the “boat!!” [We’ll take this over sitting in traffic on the highway any day, thanks!]
We took advantage of a SeaLink Ferries special which included return ferry fares and lunch at the pub for $139. Ferry alone was $180ish without the deal, so we definitely recommend checking the local paper or the Sea Link website for deals before heading over!
No 4WD needed, and you can easily check out all the island has to offer in a day.
The fine print: Prices for this day trip package do change, so please note details in this post are only a guide and this deal is not available at all times of year. Check below for current details.
Twilight Makers Market.
Twilight Makers Market showcases some of the best local creators and artists our region has to offer, set against the picture—perfect backdrop of the marina.
The markets are held on the last Saturday of every month between 4–8pm in Raby Bay Harbour park.
Hot tip: After a stroll and whole lotta retail therapy we highly recommend an ice cream for the babes and a cold glass of vino as the sun set over the harbour.
Support Your Local Charity
Did you know 40 Redlands families a month experience such crisis or hardship, that as a last resort they reach out for help to feed their young children and provide staples like toiletries or sanitary items for their families? That’s 10 local families every week!
Love and Hope Redlands is a bayside charity, run 100 per cent by volunteers, collecting donations, creating hampers and organising crisis support for locals in need.
Those in need of help are people fleeing domestic violence and cut off from funds, suddenly without necessities for their children; those impacted by Chronic illness, sudden job loss without savings [hello Covid!], death of a partner/ breadwinner, family breakdown, or even house fires where they lose everything...
If you are able to help, add a few items in your trolley next grocery shop, or those wanting to give back through volunteering can assist a few hours a week in LAHR’s cooking, admin, social media or hamper creation team. Every donation and every hour of help makes a huge difference.
Love and Hope Redlands
Donations and hampers: email@example.com
Volunteer opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation drop/ HQ: 51 Allenby Road, Alexandra Hills.
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