A massive part of the Redcliffe Peninsula’s history, the HMQS Gayundah, one of the most iconic Moreton Bay shipwrecks, has protected our shores for 132 years – originally from suspected high-seas enemies and now from soil erosion.
As one of the only visible beached ships in Queensland, it is a local attraction worthy of repeat visits and even has its own film Mutiny on the Gayundah.
If you are heading back to this Woody Point shipwreck (or planning to go there for the first time) here are a few suggestions to make the most of your trip.
Go for an afternoon cycling adventure along the peninsula’s waterfront. If your breath isn’t taken away from the physical activity, it will be when you see the Gayundah in front of a sunset background (or, sunrise if you’re an early bird cycling enthusiast).
Get out and active with your dog. You can take your four legged friend for a leisurely long pooch stroll from Gayundah up along the Suttons Beachfront, an on-leash dog friendly foreshore strip equipped with water bowls for pups and doggy doo-doo bag dispensers. Head north to reach on and off-leash dog friendly parks and beaches further up the peninsula.
Looking for somewhere different to meet up with friends? Scratch the routine coffee shop catch-up and whip out the picnic blanket instead for a leisurely day sprawling on the grassy knoll directly next to the wreck nibbling on tid-bits in the sun.
No picnic blanket? No worries! Just set yourself up at one the many picnic tables dotted along the footpath. Bring a Frisbee, soccer ball, or your preferred sporting equipment for some active fun and friendly competition.
After you’ve all finished chowing down on some homemade snacks, pull out the phones (and a selfie-stick if you brought one) to grab some happy snaps of everyone in front of the Gayundah wreck. Remember to stay on the path and never access areas that are restricted due to safety.
There are often people taking incredible photos of the wreck itself. If you haven’t already, why not practice your photography skills and try to capture the ship from as many different angles as possible after the selfies are done.
If you’re still feeling a bit peckish after your picnic and all that photo taking, there are a range of excellent cafes and restaurants located within 500 metres of Gayundah. Grab a coffee, or some food, and admire the beautiful photos you’ve just taken, you might even be lucky and spot a mermaid!
Art hobbyists indulge your creative side and bring along your sketchpad, or canvas. There are plenty of beautiful hues which streak across the sky from dawn to dusk giving artists many colour variations and differing elements to play around with throughout the day.
If you’ve got some down time and want to spend it in the sunny outdoors surrounded by serenity and nature, then grab a good book and travel solo to Woody Point for a few hours, or a whole day leisurely reading in the sun, or shade and sightseeing along the shorefront.
There are Plenty More Iconic Places to Visit & Things to do in Redcliffe and around Moreton Bay Region