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Woody Point.


Last Sunday morning I stole The Pillion  for a few hours and took her down to Woody Point, I thought it’d be nice to spend some time together by the water and maybe go for a walk along the esplanade.

The Pillion and I have ridden through Woody Point heaps of times when we ride the esplanade(s) along the peninsula, but it’s only the second time we’ve stopped and had meal and a look around.

We usually go further up the peninsula to Redcliffe or Scarboroughbut more and more we’re exploring the area closer to Woody Point on Bramble Bay. It’s not as busy as Redcliffe, and has a more laid back feel about it. Plus it’s only about 15 clicks (10 miles) from Emoh Ruo*.

Woody Point Foreshore Looking North

Woody Point Foreshore Looking North

Rowing On Bramble Bay

Rowing On Bramble Bay

When we arrived, we decided to have breakfast at one of the cafés before we embarked on our walk. You can’t walk on an empty stomach after all, and the button mushrooms, baby spinach and Persian feta on Turkish toast filled the holes under our noses nicely.

After breakfast, we headed out along the esplanade for our walk, eventually ending up back at the Woody Point jetty where we started an hour earlier.

WoodyPoint 0008

Neither of us knew much about Woody Point, only that it was a really nice spot to come and visit. So the timeline information points along the route we took were a welcome addition.

The timeline told the story of how Woody Point was originally named Red Cliff Point by Lieutenant Matthew Flinders in 1799, he named it such because of the iron-impregnated colour of the cliffs. I knew the story about the red cliffs but always thought it was further along the peninsula at the Redcliffe township about 4km (2-1/2 miles) away.

Looking South Towards Woody Point Jetty

Looking South Towards Woody Point Jetty

In 1823 the first penal colony was established by the then Governor of New South Wales, Major-General Sir Thomas Brisbane. Alas the penal colony was abandoned 2 years later due to mosquitoes, resistance from the traditional owners of the land (The Ningi Ningi People), and the lack of safe anchorage facilities.

Woody Point Jetty

Woody Point Jetty

In 1862 the area was proclaimed an agricultural reserve and by 1864 the first farming blocks were sold. Farming continued through the 1870’s, but by 1880 developers began buying up the farms and subdividing them into residential lots.

By October 1881, construction of the first Woody Point Jetty was under way and by March 25 the following year the first steamer from Brisbane 25km (16 miles) south docked at the jetty.

Woody Point Jetty

Woody Point Jetty

Since then the Jetty has been extended (1885), replaced (1922), re-constructed with a precast concrete deck (1962), had structural repairs (1979) and finally the third installment of the jetty was officially re-opened in 2009 by Mayor Alan Sutherland after being demolished in 2007.

Today, Woody Point Esplanade is a hive of activity and serves as a place where people can go for a picnic, enjoy a meal at a café, wet a line, breath the bay air, or just take a leisurely stroll along the foreshore.

I dunno… the place is growing on us, I reckon we’ll be back.


  • Emoh Ruo: No, it’s not and Aboriginal phrase, it quite literally is “Our Home” spelled backwards.
Wetting A Line

Wetting A Line


9 responses

  1. That looks like a lovely place for a stroll and a meal. Breakfast sounded tasty.

    Pretty views of the waiter. Very creative on the “our home” too.


    July 1, 2015 at 5:34 AM

  2. Great post. Over the past few years we’ve notice more & more people stopping to spend some time in Woody Point on the weekends. Shhh don’t tell anyone, but we even have our own pod of dolphins visit regularly. I love that you get a “Gidday”, nod or smile from people in the street & everyone seems quite “chilled”. I also love that it’s really quiet during the week & I don’t have to wait in line at the post office. I really do not like waiting in lines!


    July 1, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    • The Pillion made a comment on Sunday that it had a real small town feel to it but its only 24km to Brisbane CBD.

      I have to agree, it’s no where as flush with people as Redcliffe up the road a bit. That’s what I like.

      Liked by 1 person

      July 1, 2015 at 8:33 AM

  3. Your tourism board should be buying ad space on your blog. The articles like this you post about rides to wherever are tops.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

  4. LB

    Lovely! I cannot wait to put some miles on the bike. 3 weeks from now, I’ll be taking some trips and posting similar to this. Until then, I’ll keep living through your rides.
    Thanks for including the history and breakfast report, too 🙂


    July 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    • You’re welcome LB. I look forward to you’re reports making all of us hungry as well 🙂


      July 17, 2015 at 11:38 AM

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