What's new on the Bayside

The bayside suburbs in Brisbane are becoming a hub of culture and fun for both parents and kids.

Once known for its mangroves and whales, Wynnum and Manly are undergoing a transformation to become the southside’s place to be.

Wynnum UpLate

The Collective Store owner Leonie McIntosh has created Wynnum UpLate to promote local businesses in the area. The event began in September and will be back on 16 November by popular demand.

Leonie has gathered some well-known retailers like Sobidah, Lewis and Philp, Cultivate Design Co. and Little Gnome to take part in the night and offer locals special discounts, wine and nibbles. The night will end with a fashion show at Sobidah and then what Visit Wynnum Manly manager Kevin Liepins calls an unofficial afterparty at next door’s Cedar and Pine. He hoped the event would give locals an opportunity to explore their suburb and see what it has to give as well as giving customers a bit of VIP treatment. 

“From my perspective it’s a great way for visitors to experience some niche boutique style shopping and service,” Kevin said.

“It is also a way for locals to support their local community, with good quality goods on offer and for customers to return and enjoy the wonderful bayside minutes away.”

Jan Powers and Manly creative markets

If markets are your thing, block out the first and third Saturday each month for the Jan Powers Farmers markets at Manly Harbour Village. The markets are full of fresh produce stalls and local food vendors selling baked goods, coffee and deli foods.

Every Sunday in Little Bayside Park, arts and craft lovers gather for the Manly Creative markets. Visitors can browse through stalls of jewellery, natural cosmetics and all things arts and craft.

Mad Hatters bookstore

This quirky bookshop is located on Cambridge Parade and hosts an adult book club every second Friday of the month. It’s a free, 18+ event where book lovers can drink wine, eat cheese and gossip about their favourite books. All members receive 10% off book club books.

Kids can join in every first and third Wednesday of the school term to talk about books and find a love of reading. 

Movies in the park

With summer well and truly on its way, head down to Little Bayside Park, Manly to enjoy a free movie under the stars. The event is family friendly and asks movie-goers to bring their own blankets, chairs and rugs. Takeaway fish ‘n’ chips are available onsite, but attendees are also welcome to bring their own movie snacks. The next Movies in the Park on Saturday, 1 December will get you in the Christmas spirit with the Xmas kids’ classic, The Polar Express.