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 Visit Moreton Bay Region
Calm beaches, acclaimed 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 Moreton Bay beaches, or 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.
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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 The Rustic Olive (dinner bookings essential) or for Modern Australian head to local nightlife hotspot, 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 The Golden Ox. For seafood lovers nothing beats 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. Moreton Bay Boat Club next door is also well worth a visit. In the south of the peninsula you’ll find the 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 Neli Coffee, the multi-award winning specialty roaster situated in Kippa-Ring, about a 5 minute drive from the waterfront. Newcomer on the caffeine scene, 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) multimedia walkway between Sutton Street and the waterfront built in tribute to the Gibb’s brothers who grew up in Redcliffe.
Adventureous things to do in Redcliffe
Take off on a one-day, two-day or three-day Moreton Island escape with 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 Antique Airways jetting-off from Redcliffe Airfield. You can choose from four different scenic flight packages which vary in price starting from the 15 minute Redcliffe coastline flyover, through to the one hour flight over Redcliffe and the Glass House Mountains. For an additional charge, adrenaline addicts are welcome to add aerobatics to their joy-ride.
For more things to do in Redcliffe look no further than 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 Brisbane Whale Watching, departing from Redcliffe Jetty. Alternatively, jump 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 Redcliffe Jetty. The current incarnation of Redcliffe Jetty entered construction in 1995 and opened to the public in 1999. Jutting-out over Moreton Bay from what was once the 1930s bathing pavilion, the jetty is a perfect spot to enjoy a romantic stroll, or throw a fishing line into the water.
HMQS Gayundah Wreck
Get a selfie at the 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 Botanical Gardens. The wheelchair-friendly gardens are home to a resident flying fox colony, over 500 species of herbs, and various areas devoted to different species of plants. With plenty of walking paths, you’ll find the gardens easy to enjoy from all angles.
Redcliffe Golf Club
Enjoy fun in the sun with a round of golf at 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 Dimensions Virtual Reality & Interactive Cinema. The virtual ride offers fun for the whole family. With no set session times you need only walk in anytime during opening hours. While visiting, grab something from the snack bar, peruse the eclectic collection of retail items and meet Redcliffe Dimensions’ mascot ‘Rex-D’ the cheeky T-Rex.
Get your culture fix
Admire local artworks 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 Museum. Highlights include a theatrette which runs a 15 minute reel of historical peninsula footage, and a permanent Bee Gees display featuring a moving letter penned by Barry Gibb recounting his childhood growing up in Redcliffe. Head to the 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 Point to Point Express, RedAir Transfers, Chauffeur Me or, for very large group charters, contact Kangaroo Bus Lines. Travelling by car to Redcliffe from Brisbane takes about fifty minutes.