The morning sun rises over the Brighton Beach mudflats. They stretch out into Moreton Bay towards the Peninsula from where I have walked. The wind has died down and the cold snap passed. All that’s left is perfect walking weather. Paul drops me off on his way to an appointment so I don’t have to worry about a return leg.
I set off down the white sandy beach. It’s interesting that this little corner has perfect white sand. It must be where the water from the gap between Minjerribah and Moreton Islands flows, pushing white sand from the surf side of the islands into the bay. See, the sand on Redcliffe’s beaches is tinged with red and orange from the rock shelves that sit off the Peninsula’s coast while further south along the Sandgate foreshore the sand is darkened with black pigments making it dark and muddy in appearance.
At the entrance to Bramble Bay I look back at where I have walked the past three days. I can see the arc from Woody Point to here. It’s magnificent.
The Sandgate Foreshore extends into the distance from here. It’s a lovely place to walk with a long shallow sandy/muddy bank extending out to sea and a cute chapel marking the end of the beach.
A few kilometres farther and I am at the headland that marks the end of Sandgate’s foreshore. From here I can look south to the airport and Port of Brisbane. I will pass these later I my walk.
I turn westward along Cabbage Tree Creek. The Boondall Wetlands are just there on the other side but I will have to walk back to the main road to cross a series of bridges around the creek and swamp. This creek is home to the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club. And then, in stark contrast, fishing boats occupy the banks further upstream.
The last few kilometres of today’s walk take me into the suburbs. Here traditional old bayside homes rub shoulders with modern brick ones. Gardens burst with colour as winter flowers bloom. It could be easy to dismiss the urban sections of this walk and try to skip them. But I’m sure there’s things to see and experience here too. So I continue.
I end today’s walk at North Boondall. Paul has finished his appointment and comes to pick me up. I’ve walked 11.5km, taking me to the 28km mark and a cumulative total of 44.5km including the return legs.