Wynnum, Queensland

Wynnum, Queensland

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Wynnum
city = Brisbane City Council
state = qld


caption =
fedgov = Division of Bonner
stategov = Electoral district of Lytton
lga = Brisbane City Council
postcode = 4178
pop = 11,719 (2006 census)
metro = 70,000
dist1 = 16
location1= Brisbane GPO
near-nw = Lytton
near-n = Lytton
near-ne =
near-w = Wynnum West
near-e =
near-sw = Wynnum West
near-s = Manly West
near-se = Manly

Wynnum is a suburb located on the shores of Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Australia, about 16 kilometres east of the CBD. The area was sparsely settled until the arrival of the railway in the late 1880s, but then grew fairly rapidly. The former Wynnum Shire Council was created in 1902, and twelve years later Wynnum became a municipality with its own town council and the right to elect a mayor. The Town Council was absorbed into the enlarged City of Brisbane in 1925. [Mangroves to Moorings Revisited, Myrtle Beitz, 2005]

Wynnum is on the Cleveland railway line and has regular train services connecting it with the Brisbane CBD.

The Wynnum district has several primary schools and two public high schools - Wynnum State High School and Wynnum North State High School.

It also has an extensive range of sporting clubs, such as Wynnum Seagulls Rugby League Club, Wynnum Bugs Rugby Union Club, Brisbane (formerly Wynnum) Wolves Soccer Club and Wynnum Vikings Australian Football Club. Recreational clubs include the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club and the RSL. The Wynnum foreshore is a popular swimming and picnic spot for Brisbane families especially at weekends.

The suburb has traditionally boasted a country town atmosphere, but new residential development is resulting in significant population growth and changing demographics. The area is now marked by a mix of character housing and modern housing.

Olympic swimming medallist Samantha Riley, "Totally Wild" television host Stacey Thomson and Australian Idol host Kyle Sandilands are originally from Wynnum. Quentin Bryce, the Governor General designate of Australia, was educated at Moreton Bay College, Wynnum. The Right Reverend Dr Keith Rayner, former Archbishop of Melbourne and Anglican Primate of Australia, was Rector of Wynnum from 1963-69. [Fishers of Men, A History of the Anglican Church of Saint Peter's Wynnum, PD Hughes and T Hogan, 1999]

Although Wynnum is situated next to the ocean, the shoreline is covered in mangroves and aromatic mudflats which makes it unsuitable for swimming at low tide. Next to the Wynnum Wading Pool which has a playground and Water Park and the Wynnum Jetty, there is a man-made beach called Pandanus Beach.

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