The first suburb on the Redcliffe Peninsula, Clontarf is a sleepy area with few shops, several great cafes and gorgeous a gorgeous bay side park with views of both Stradbroke and Bribe Island on a clear day.
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Turn right as you come off the Hornibrook bridge, thirty kilometres north of Brisbane and find yourself tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Each Sunday, the Queensland Kite Flying Association add colour to the sky with brilliant floating animals and shapes. Amateur kite flyers and children enthusiastically join the parade of colour with their less impressive kites but equally huge smiles.
There's plenty of grass area in Pelican park to sit, lie back on a picnic blanket and take in the kites and the bay view or even take a snooze or read a good book.
The food complex in Clontarf has the big food chains on offer including Baskin and Robbins ice cream, Subway and Pizza Hut but the place to go on a sunny Clontarf day is 'Flip 'n' Fish' fish and chip shop for take- out fish, burgers and fries, perfect for your lazy day in the park.
Or why not pack your own food and use the money you would have spent on a family lunch and buy a kite?
Kitepower kite shop in Clontarf has all your kite flying needs and for the girls there's even a small second hand clothes stores with threads from Levi, Valleygirl and much more.
Clontarf Beach is unique to most beaches and parks as it is tucked away and most visitors are families, so if you want to escape the thumping music blasting from cars and whizzing skateboards and scooters, you have found the right place.
Pelican Park is also home to the annual award winning Kitefest, a fantastic festival where skilled kite flyers showcase giant kites in a spectacular array of shapes. This event is usually held in May of each year. Check online for more information.
Pelican Park, Clontarf Beach, a gorgeous relaxing Sunday is awaiting you.
Take the freeway from Brisbane, follow the signs to Redcliffe, enjoy the views as you cruise across the Hornibrook bridge and as you approach the lights at the end of the bridge, flick on your right indicator and merge, to find your little paradise.
Thankyo for the suggestion. As a family we always going to the same parks for lunch. We have been to the kite festval before but never really thought of heading to Pelican Park on a regular Sunday. Went there today and had a lovely afternoon.
By Anonymous Sunday, 7th of August @ 08:21 am
Thanks so much for that as never thought of going to that park, read your article and visited there on sunday and really enjoyed the quiet park, Thanks again from a Brisbane ite, wish I lived at Redcliffe.Stuart C
By Geoff Holmes - senior reviewer Monday, 8th of August @ 03:14 am