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 Scarborough, but 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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.