Moreton Bay Region’s slice of bayside paradise, the Redcliffe peninsula, is coming into its own as a breezy and beachy, clean and green, waterside hub.
By Leslie Zeder from whale watching tours, waterfront restaurants, weekend markets and annual festivals make the peninsula a must-visit destination for both families and sunseekers.
There are a myriad of things to do in Redcliffe, Moreton Bay Region’s up-and-coming beachside escape from Brisbane, Queensland. You can drink in all the sights by strolling the peninsula’s foreshore pathways stretching from Scarborough all the way down to Clontarf. Enjoy fun in the sun swimming at one of the calm Settlement Cove Lagoon. Take it easy with breakfast or lunch by the waterside, or opt for a night out at one of the local dining and nightlife hotspots overlooking the water.
- Walk, jog, or Redcliffe Jetty Markets, held every Sunday.
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Top things to do in Redcliffe
Eat with a bay view
There’s a wealth of dining options available along the waterfront. You’ll find fish and chip cafés near the beaches, while Redcliffe Parade and Scarborough Marina offer more upmarket dining options. If you’re in the mood for Italian try local favourite Mon Komo Hotel, a short walk away.
You could also venture a street back from the water in Margate to bite into Modern Australian with a twist at Tempest Seafood Restaurant and Teppanyaki Grill overlooking the marina. The venue puts on a mouth-watering seafood buffet on the last Thursday of each month not to be missed. Indian Brothers Restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine sure to fire up your tastebuds.
Discover the best coffee around town
Need a morning pick-me-up? Arguably the best coffee on the peninsula can be found at Beardy’s Bar & Kitchen, rivals Neli for the local caffeine crown. You’ll find Beardy’s around the corner from Neli’s along Snook St.
Walk Bee Gees Way
troll the the 70 metre (230 foot) Sunrover Tours. You’ll be picked-up from Brisbane Transit Centre and ferried across the bay for an island safari enjoying all the delights Moreton Island has to offer. Experience sand boarding, wreck snorkelling, dolphin feeding, beach camping and much more active fun in the sun. For a high-flying, adrenaline-rushing, birds-eye tour over the bay area or further afield, book a scenic flight with Boab Boat Hire Redcliffe situated in Newport. You can hire a boat or jet-ski for an on-water adventure and sightsee around the bay, or over to Bribie Island. Skippered charters can also be arranged if you prefer to kick-back and relax. If you’d like to get up close to marine life, book a whale watching cruise during humpback migration season (June to November) aboard Dolphin Wild Island Cruises departing Newport Marina for an exhilarating day on the water.
Feel the sea spray as you walk along the historic Gayundah Wreck beached at the base of the Woody Point cliffs. HMQS Gayundah protected Queensland’s coastline from 1885 to 1902, after which she was reassigned to act as a naval training vessel. The outbreak of the First World War saw her reassigned once more to active duty, stepping-up to guard and patrol-ship duties. After her wartime stint came to an end she retired into the role of sand and gravel barge for the Brisbane River before finding her final resting place beneath the cliffs of Woody Point in 1958, serving as a breakwater.
Redcliffe Botanical Gardens
Bask in serenity listening to bird calls in Redcliffe Golf Club. Situated beside Kedron Brook, the 18-hole championship golf course caters to visiting and social players with a wide variety of golfing facilities and services available for use.
Redcliffe Dimensions Virtual Reality & Interactive Cinema
Be blown away by a 7 dimensions cinematic experience at Redcliffe City Art Gallery which runs a comprehensive exhibition program featuring local, emerging and nationally significant artists, as well as collection based and touring exhibitions. A varied program of talks and practical workshops are also hosted by the gallery. Learn about the peninsula’s indigenous roots, European Settlement past, its maritime history and more at Redcliffe Cultural Centre to be treated to an incredible performance. The venue hosts touring productions, musicals, movies, comedy shows, conferences, and civic functions, as well as a variety of arts activities and community organisations
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Redcliffe from Brisbane is by train. The Redcliffe Peninsula Train from Roma Street Station, or Central Station will get you to Kippa-Ring Station in about one hour. Alternatively, try one of Redcliffe’s local transport operators such as RedAir Transfers, Kangaroo Bus Lines. Travelling by car to Redcliffe from Brisbane takes about fifty minutes.