Redcliffe is a residential suburb, approximately 28 kilometers north-east of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. The city's name originates from "Red Cliff Point" named by the explorer John Oxley. Redcliffe became Queensland's first colony in 1824, however it was soon abandoned for Brisbane. Since the 1880s, Redcliffe has been a popular seaside resort location due to its proximity to Brisbane.
Modern day Redcliffe still possesses the charm and beauty of a small seaside holiday town.
Among the attractions are “Bee Gees Way” incorporating a statue and walkway in honor of the Bee Gees. It was unveiled by Barry Gibb on 14 February, 2013. The Gibb family from Manchester, England, migrated to this area in 1958, and called it home for a period. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb went on to form the highly successful music group, The Bee Gees. The wall is very tastefully done, and was put together with major input from Barry Gibb. It’s well worth a trip to Redcliffe to see this iconic walkway. "Bee Gees Way" runs between Sutton St and Redcliffe Parade right near the Redcliffe Jetty.
The Redcliffe Jetty is the centrepiece of Redcliffe. Good for fishing, or a leisurely stroll, it's been considered the 'heart of the peninsula' ever since ships carrying holiday makers started arriving in the late 1800s. Between 8am and 3pm every Sunday, the Redcliffe Jetty Markets are in full swing.
Dining options are numerous in the area, and appreciated by many day-trippers. There are several cafes, where visitors can enjoy a meal overlooking views of beautiful Moreton Bay.
Definitely high on the list of "Things to do at Redcliffe".
The museum and its helpful staff can enlighten you on the history of the region and direct you to other sites on the Peninsula.
I was particularly taken with the bench seat outside the Museum which has been constructed from wood salvaged from the first bridge to be built from Sandgate to Clontarf. It also reflects the art-deco gateway portals that still stand at both ends of the now-demolished Hornibrook Highway Bridge.
Another memorial in the grounds of the Museum is to one of my heroes, Matthew Flinders, master navigator/map-maker and explorer of Australia. He was the first European explorer of the area sailing into Moreton Bay in July 1799.
Museum Entry is Free.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday (10.00am - 4.00pm)
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Open all other Public holidays, including Mondays (Anzac Day from: 1.00pm - 4.00pm only).
We spent a very enjoyable 45 minutes at the Visitor Information Centre located in the Pavilion at the start of the Redcliffe Pier. The three ladies running the Centre provided an entertaining insight into the local tourism sites and activities. We were given a printed sheet of "50 things to do in Redcliffe".
They helped us plan our site seeing keeping in mind the time we had at our disposal and the physical layout of the peninsula. Naturally we had done some of the suggested "things" previously and some "things" were not our cup of tea...... for example : "Jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft".
Here is the list of 50 things to get you prepared ahead of your visit to Redcliffe Peninsula.
1. Ride a bike along the foreshore
2. Stroll along the Woody Point Jetty
3. See the pelican checking program
4. Walk along the new Ted Smout Bridge
5. See the wreck of the Gayundah
6. Visit the Redcliffe Library
7. Visit the Redcliffe Art Gallery
8. Swim at Settlement Cove Lagoon
9. Swim at Suttons Beach
10. Fly a kite at Pelican Park
11. Play on Redcliffe's train at Railway Place
12. Watch the sunset at Woody Point
13. Watch the sunrise over Moreton Bay
14. Take a stroll through Redcliffe Botanic Gardens
15. Learn about our history at the Redcliffe Museum
16. Go fishing at a number of popular spots
17. Check out the airfields and aircraft training
18. Enjoy fish and chips at one of the beaches
19: Take the dog for a walk at the beach or Kroll Gardens provides off-the-leash dog facilities
20. Enjoy one of the many Foreshore Play Grounds
21. Take the skateboard or blades to Skate Park
22. Cruise Moreton Bay to Moreton Island
23. Learn to scuba dive
24. Catch a feed on a Charter fishing day
25. Learn to sail on Bramble Bay.
26. Enjoy a bucket of prawns at Scarborough
27. Take in a Movie.
28 Strike out at tenpin bowling.
19. Build a sandcastle or sand sculpture.
30. Enjoy Al Fresco Dining at one of the many foreshore eateries
31. Take a self drive gallery tour
32. Jump out of a perfectly good plane onto the beach (parachute)
33. Try a flight in one of the new amphibious aircraft
34. Find bargains at one of the many thrift shops
35. Check out the Sunday markets
36. Fly a tiger moth
37. Watch a performance at the Cultural Centre
38. See some early Redcliffe footage at the Museum
39. Watch wood crafters or barrel makers
40. Play a round of golf
41. Do some laps at the High Performance Centre
42. Take a bus ride around the peninsula
43. See the trotters at the Paceway
44. Walk along the Margate foreshore boardwalk
45. Feed the ducks at Humpybong Creek
46. Sketch your favourite scene under the shade of a tree
47. Enjoy a bar-b-que at one of the free beachside picnic areas
48. Try your hand at photography and capture great moments
49. See the whales at play from June to October
50. Visit one of the 2 visitor centres for information on Redcliffe
Redcliffe Central Visitor Information Centre
Open: Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Second location on southern part of the Peninsula:
Redcliffe Visitor Information Centre at Pelican Park, Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf
Phone: Toll Free - 1800 659 500 Email: email@example.com
Open: Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Web page of Moreton Bay Regional Council Touristism .
or cut and paste - http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/visit.aspx
We are descended from primitive food gatherers are we not? Are we still programmed to seek some protein from the wilds.
In our modern world, one of the few remaining ways to do so is to Fish ( the verb ).
My first fishing rod was one built by my Dad when I was about 5 years old while we were camping at Woody Point on the southern end of the Redcliffe Peninsular. Manufactured from the central spine of a palm tree leaf and equipped with a centre-pin reel, it was all I needed to catch my first fish - a garfish.
As a result of that first exciting encounter with primitive food gathering, I have always had a soft spot for Woody Point and at least once a year I head over to the Point to catch a Dusky Flathead. I only go when I know the chance of a catch is nearly assured with tide and wind conditions perfect.
Check out the underwater photo and the description of these wonderful creatures at : http://www.fishingeastcoast.com.au/dusky-flathead/
The species grows to quite a large size : over 750mm in length. These are usually females so there is a legal size limit - minimum 400mm : maximum 750 mm (29 inches). There is also a bag limit of 5.
My self-imposed limit is one like the one in the photo (650mmm). Enough for two meals for two of us.
Stop 13 is located next door to Stop 12
It is a very modern War Memorial built to remember those who have died at War. What was good to see, was recognition of the 287,000 National Service men who were called up in the line of duty between 1951 - 1972.
On closer inspection of the Monument, I found small squares had the names of the Wars the men had served in.
Stop 12 on the North Moreton Bay tourist drive.......
Actually it is next to the Rotary Park Playground.
This area is very historical.
Some time around 1824, Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales, decided a site as far away from Sydney as possible should be found in order to dump the colony's worst murderers, rapists and repeat offenders.
The sight he chose was Redcliffe. It was this very spot where the Wall of Sails [sails depicting the Ship Amity] is located. The Amity brought the first convicts to Redcliffe (the first designated penal settlement before Brisbane). The penal settlement was devastated by mosquito-borne disease and moved to Brisbane, now the Capital of Queensland.
Quite interesting, are the Metal plates on the stone giving an idea of where the original buildings of this settlement once stood in the area.
Alighting from our car, I could hear lots of laughing and happiness coming from many children. Crossing the road, I found the playground where all the noise was coming from, and what a beauty it was!
Located beachside and well shaded by gum trees and the odd Pandanus, it had swings, a large timber boat hull, interconnected forts and slides, plenty of interesting holes to climb through, some small jumps, I thought it a park to keep children amused and happy for a long time.
For the parents, plenty of shady seating for eating, gas bbq's, and the important amenities block is close by.
A real "gem" of a playground, no wonder it was exuding happiness!
Leaving Pelican Park behind, we find there are many parks situated beside the sea-side. Rows of Norfolk Island Pines line the road edges, and old Bath Houses have been painted and restored.
We arrive at Redcliffe, the busiest area on the drive so far, this is because they hold Markets on a Sunday morning from 8am - 3pm. We were a little late and found most of them to be packing up.
I have been to them before, so wasn't worried we were late. They sell produce, crafts, clothing, plants, jewellery, homewares, not second hand bric-a-brac or junk! The Stalls line either side of the street. There is usually musical entertainment, and the Cafes spill out onto the street. A very pleasant area to spend a Sunday!
The Markets are located right next to the Redcliffe Jetty, on the foreshore in Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe. The Redcliffe Visitor Centre is in the area too.
Free parking is available along Redcliffe Parade.
Why not live dangerously and have a great time tandem skydiving with very experienced skydivers.
You can do this at Suttons Beach Redcliffe where you sit through a vidio presentation, get taken through drills and then taken up in a small plane to skydive back to the beach. (yes you actually land on the beach on an "X" marks the spot.
There is a vidio taken of you dive through out which you can purchase after if you want to.
there are three types of dive
up to 28 seconds freefall (9000 feet) $210 per person
up to 40 seconds freefall (11000 feet) $244 per person
up to 60 seconds freefall (14000 feet) $295 per person
and NO I have not done it myself
They will also through in free transfers from Brisbane if required.
On sunday mornings from 8:30am, the jetty markets occur in Redcliffe
The markets include food stalls, hand craft stalls and a produce market. There is also a mobile coffee shop there
A great place to buy fruit and veg , meat, eggs and Right by the redcliffe pier much more besides
Driving from Redcliffe to Woody Point along the coast, you come to the Gayundah Aboratum. This is a small picnic area with BBQ's provided, off street parking, and the wreck of the Gayundah.
The Gayundah was built for the Queensland Government in 1884 in England as was the first Australian warship with wireless telegraphy.
Following WW1, the Gayundah was retired form active service and ended up as a sand and gravel barge. In 1958 it was towed to it's current position to serve as a structure to combat erosion along the coastline.
Redcliffe Jetty is a rather strange construction, jutting into the bay with two pincer-like extensions providing berthing space for visiting water craft. A man-made breakwater protects the end of the jetty in a smiling semi-circle.
The shaded rotunda is a convenient resting place for tired hikers or the ideal vantage point for romantic couples and avid photographers waiting for dawn or dusk.
Settlement Cove is a picturesque little lagoon along Redcliffe Parade. Crystal clear water invite even the most reticent to enter and wade around the central island. In places, the azure waters become quite deep and allows for stroke practice.
A smaller pool caters for toddlers. Toilets and change rooms are available on site, as well as a snack stall. While there is enough eye candy, it is not uncomfortably crowded.
Lots of parking available at the nearby car park.
Suttons Beach has ample car parking for the whole family! Luxurious emerald lawns, toddler play equipment, BBQ facilities, shaded picnic areas, a wide sandy beach and tranquil water makes this an ideal destination for young and old. Pack a picnic lunch, put some steak or prawns on the barbie or buy from the many nearby take-aways.
An ideal solution for those who do not wish to compete for space with crowds on the Sunshine Coast's more illustrious beaches.
For the more energetic, a walkway links the beach with Settlement Cove Lagoon.
Scotts Point, off Whytecliffe Parade, offers reserved sunbathers the opportunity of more secluded sunbathing. Find a private spot and soak up the son. Sandbanks have been brought in to shore up the eroding beachfront, and the strip of sand is too narrow - particularly during high tide - for larger crowds to engage in rowdy beach sports.
The calm water is ideal for distance swimming and beachcombers will be rewarded with a bounty of shells.
There is an ablution facility and change rooms, while beachside cafes are plentiful.