Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published April 11th 2012
Some areas just seem to have a lot more attractions, natural or man-made, than others. The coastal town of Redcliffe is one of those areas. I mean, there's the beach and the lovely cool breezes that come with it, the shops along the main front and, of course, the seafood restaurants that come with being a coastal town, but there's also more, lots more.
So here are some of Redcliffe's best attractions (in no particular order):
The Redcliffe Jetty Markets
Between 8am and 3pm every Sunday, on the Anzac Place Parklands, Marine Parade, Redcliffe, the Redcliffe Jetty Markets are in full swing. 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.
The 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. So, while you're in Redcliffe, visit the Redcliffe Jetty.
Suttons Beach Suttons Beach is 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.
If you want to go swimming, but aren't too keen on the beach, Redcliffe also has it's own free waterpark - 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.
Settlement Cove Lagoon - Redcliffe Council 2009
The Humpybong Creek Precinct The perfect picnic spot. The Humpybong Creek Precinct is 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.
This list of 5 is just what I think may be the best attractions in Redcliffe, but maybe you have different ideas? Feel free to make some comments on other great attractions that you know of in Redcliffe, and if you haven't visited Redcliffe yet, put it on your to-do list.
Hi my name is Kate Miller and I live in Redcliffe. We also have a lovely Museum which William McInnes has assisted greatly with, A contemporary Art Gallery sidled into a funky building housing the library which is a pleasant venue to read the papers. We also have a Cultural Centre with movies and theatre with art exhibitions displayed in the foyers. Scarborough precinct has a contemporary Art gallery/Coffee shop, awesome Mexican food, take away fish & chips, cafe's: one with a lovely girly pink theme, deli and cakes to die for as well as a playground in amongst the local very old Cotton Trees with a differently abled array of play things too!! There is an off the leash dog beach on the Eastern side of the peninnisula as you drive off the beach and a huge dog park with bush near the highway through Redcliffe. Lots of local birds, Pelicans, Birds of Prey song birds. And last but not least a very significant Botanical Gardens with over 20 local regions of native plants, awesome sculpture, pond and creek, beautiful hand painted signs by Don Perrin: plant guru, nursery open Saturday mornings, Large herb collection, pottery club, lapidery club all included with gorgeous lawns for picnics etc. and a large festival once a year when the wattle flowers in August called "Whats cooking in the Gardens" with chefs, events, plant sales, and food, food.
Hi I'm brendon I live in Redcliffe. The beach pictured here is actually Queens Beach South and is rocky at low tide, Suttons Beach is further south and is also close to markets etc with adjoining parkland playground and cafe. The beach is much more popular on weekends and adjoins margate beach to form a near 3km of sandy beach with plenty of room, sand and lovely swimming spots!