Redcliffe

Redcliffe is a thriving suburban city and a delightful place for a day trip. A 35 minute drive north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway, Redcliffe has 22 kilometres of golden sandy beaches, ocean views, gentle rolling waves and delightful foreshore parklands.

Beaches in the area include Deception Bay, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Scotts Pt., Woody Pt. and Clontarf. Being sheltered from open water by Moreton Island, Redcliffe has calm, surf-free beaches which are perfect for families with younger children.

Scarborough Beach

At low tide, the waters of Scarborough Beach are only knee-deep until about a hundred metres out from the shore and fish and even the occasional ray can be seen through the crystal clear water. A short walk up the beach will bring you to volcanic rock pools full of colourful crabs and other creatures. Continue further and you will be able to see the amazing red cliffs which tower over the beach and give Redcliffe its name.

Redcliffe Jetty Markets

Not only a great place to visit and purchase unique products but it also has its heart in the community. The Redcliffe Jetty Markets supports local communities and charities throughout the year as well as important community and historical events. Fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, hippie clothing, face painting, phone cases, hand-made jewellery, soaps, scents, bonsai trees, print T-shirts, paintings and art for sale, belly-dancing, jugglers, musicians and buskers; and then there's the food; and boy is there food.

With German sausages, hamburgers, slush puppies, corndogs, hot chips and also the permanent food shops to chose from, you won't be starved of choice. Held every Sunday, 8am and 3pm. Location: Anzac Place Parklands, Marine Parade, Redcliffe.

The First Settlement Memorial Wall

Redcliffe was Queensland's first European settlement colony in 1824. However, the colony was relocated to Brisbane in 1825. Redcliffe remained deserted until around 1860 and by 1880 Redcliffe had gained a reputation as a popular seaside resort.

The First Settlement Memorial Wall marks the location and event. In September each year, Redcliffe celebrates its history as Queensland's first European settlement location with the First Settlement Festival. This festival is chiefly held in the Redcliffe CBD with Redcliffe Parade being closed off to traffic for most of the day.

Redcliffe Museum

The museum hosts a changing major exhibition, and constant displays of items from Redcliffe’s convict past, its sporting heritage, links to sister cities, Winton and Onoda and the Shed.

The Shed is a wonderful assortment of early to mid 20th Century tools and household appliances. For people interested in craft, there is a display of quilts and an opportunity to touch. Open Tuesday to Sunday,10am and 6pm. Location: Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe.

Redcliffe Jetty

This jetty is like the centrepiece of Redcliffe. Good for fishing, walks, photography and even weddings, the jetty is another of Redcliffe's main attractions. It's been considered the 'heart of the peninsula' ever since ships carrying holiday makers started arriving in the late 1800s.

Fishing

Redcliffe jetty has a convenient fishing platform, it is close to the free public swimming lagoon and a multitude of cafes with sea frontage. Remember to abide by Brisbane's recreational fishing rules. There are closed seasons to help protect species at vulnerable periods in their life cycle and this varies depending on the type of fish. For example, in tidal waters, the closed season for Australian bass is from 1 June to 31 August.


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Suttons Beach

Redcliffe's only patrolled beach and is perfect for families with young children. Suttons Beach is close to everything - the jetty, the markets and all of the shops along the main road - so it's easy to pop over to grab some fish and chips for the family if you haven't brought your own. The beach stretches for about a kilometre, hugging the shoreline closely, and there are numerous barbeque and small park areas set up along the way if the kids want to transfer from the water to a see-saw or the like.

Bee Gees Way

A laneway located in the heart of Redcliffe celebrates three of Redcliffe's most well known sons. The Bee Gees Walkway features photos, captions, famous song names and a statue of the singing trio, Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb at the foreshore entry of the lane. Local sculptor Phillip Piperides crafted the statue from a number of photos of the boys, personally selected by Barry Gibb himself. Barry opened the walkway on Valentines Day, 14th February 2013.

Settlement Cove Lagoon

Conveniently, this is also located on Redcliffe Parade, and is close to Suttons Beach, the jetty and the markets. It is patrolled by lifeguards during daylight hours and has it's own picnic areas too. It is wheelchair accessible, has 'wading pools' as well as 'deep' sections and a children's section as well. This lagoon also has shower and toilet amenities available for use.

Humpybong Creek Precinct

Located on the corner of Creek street and is home to many varieties of bird and fish. There are beautiful fountains, lush green grass, bridges and picnic areas to take advantage of. This is a great place for any budding photographers too, or bird-watchers wanting to get some close-up encounters. Maybe after you've taken your family for a swim at the lagoon or beach, you can take them over to the Humpybong Creek Precinct for a picnic or just to feed the ducks.

Brief history

Before European settlement, the Redcliffe Peninsula was occupied by the indigenous Ningy Ningy people. The native name is Kau-in-Kau-in, which means Blood-Blood (red-like blood). Redcliffe holds the distinction of being the first European settlement in Queensland, first visited by Matthew Flinders on 17 July 1799.

Explorer John Oxley recommended "Red Cliff Point" – named after the red-coloured cliffs visible from Moreton Bay – to the Governor Thomas Brisbane for the new colony, reporting that ships could land at any tide and easily get close to the shore. The party settled in Redcliffe on 13 September 1824, under the command of Lieutenant Henry Miller with 14 soldiers, some with wives and children, and 29 convicts. However, this settlement was abandoned after one year and the colony was moved south to a site on the Brisbane River at North Quay, 28 km south, that offered a more reliable water supply.

Redcliffe became a pastoral district in the 1860s and in the 1880s boomed as a seaside resort town with the paddlesteamer Koopa making regular trips to its jetty from 1911. The Hornibrook Bridge, completed in 1935 allowed easy access to and from Brisbane by motor car leading the way to rapid suburban development. In 1958, The Gibb family from Manchester, England emigrated to this area and called it home for a period. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb went on to form the highly successful music group, The Bee Gees.

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