Is there anything better than walking along, coffee in hand, with the sun shining and the bay breezes cooling you down? If there is, I can't think of anything right now! I just returned from a walk with some girlfriends along the Lovers Walk at Shorncliffe and it was wonderful.
Lovers Walk is a 2.5km return walk along the waterfront at Shorncliffe. It officially commences from the intersection of Friday St and Allpass Parade. It is flat and along a pathway solely for pedestrians and cyclists to share. It is popular with parents with prams, toddlers on bikes, kids on scooters, cyclists, runners and Mums like myself getting back into exercise.
Some wonderful features of the Lovers Walk is the multiple stopping points for coffee along the way. You can park along Flinders Parade at Sandgate and pick your coffee up from Baaia, a popular local spot which now has a takeaway coffee front, before walking along the water towards Shorncliffe. Or you can park up at Park Parade at Shorncliffe and get your coffee from Cafe on the Park.
Another great place for coffee is Matthew Thomas Cafe, which is also on Park Parade. From here you can do the walk along the top of the cliffs and gaze at the incredible houses (mansions!) which have been renovated in true Queensland style.
All of the above mentioned cafes also have excellent food!
Some other great features of the Lovers Walk is that you walk passed the Shorncliffe Pier, where you can sometimes spot dolphins and fish jumping in the water. There are spots to fish and it is a wide and historical pier with some interesting history signs to read about the local area.
There is also an amazing playground, Lower Moora Park, at the base of the cliffs The playground is for all ages, with climbing forts connected by bridges and climbing ropes, smaller climbing forts and slides for the toddlers, swings, a huge sandpit and giant slides from halfway up the cliff. There is a huge opportunity for climbing and imagination factor at this playground as all forts are interconnected to have some serious games. And if you have little ones who can't quite climb yet, there is still colourful sea life animals for them to engage with.
You can find a full review of this playground here.
The Lovers Walk also gives you access to some sandy places to stop with a bucket and shovel to do some digging (for the kids at least!) and maybe even a dip if you are feeling brave.
While this walk is only fairly short, it connects to the Sandgate Walk and you can walk all the way along the waterfront on Flinders Parade, passed Sandgate Pool which has been newly renovated with a great kids play area, to Decker Park at Brighton which is at the base of the Hornibrook Highway.
What other great Brisbane walks are there? Please let us know in the comments, we would love to hear from you.