Lawn Bowls by the Brisbane River


If you’re looking for something to do that’s a little different, but still plenty of fun, I can highly recommend an afternoon of Lawn Bowls at the Merthyr Bowls Club in New Farm.

The Ging had bowled before, but I was a newbie – as were the 10 or so other people who came along to farewell young Bronwyn’s 29th year. We received a run down of the rules of the game, a quick demonstration of which way the (weighted) bowl will curve, and expectations about our behaviour (no shoes on the green, no ‘driving’, beer is allowed on the green – but don’t put your glass on the grass).

After a few initial hiccups of sending our bowls in the wrong direction and interfering with other people’s games, we all settled into a good rhythm and even managed to get close a few times. Two hours of bowling was just about perfect and while I’m no challenger for an Olympic medal, I’d definitely go again.

As part of the bowling deal, you also received a BBQ lunch involving steak (fish is available if you arrange in advance) and a multitude of salads. I’ve also heard the beer prices are from 1962, but I reckon they were closer to 1999. Still, no complaints about that.

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But if all that sounds pretty cool, even better is the location. You’re right on the Brisbane River with great views, great atmosphere and if you choose a spring or autumn day, the weather is perfect. Warm enough during the afternoon and a cooling breeze in the evening.

Where: Merthyr Bowls Club, Oxlade Drive, New Farm (07) 3245-7833
Price: $20 per person for 2 hours bowling and BBQ/salad lunch
Reservations required.

Pictures will hopefully soon be available. Bronwyn was sartorially resplendent in her bowling whites and I think it would be a shame if I didn’t share that.