Margate Beach is often seen as Redcliffe's poor cousin, which may be why many bypass Margate, even though it is a wonderful place to visit, swim, walk, cycle, eat and even stay. Worth stopping at as part of a trip to the Redcliffe Peninsula or visiting on its own, Margate is the quiet little beach to discover.
Margate lies between Redcliffe and Woody Point, with the ocean side being a long stretch of continuous beach.
The beach itself is a nice, but narrow stretch of sand. You will see people swimming in the ocean and the water level quickly becomes deep enough to let you swim. You will also occasionally see someone sunbathing on the beach. Mostly though it is a beach that attracts walkers.
There is also a boardwalk along the beach and on any given weekend, there are people walking and cycling. This is part of a path that essentially starts at Shorncliffe and makes it's way up through Brighton, over the Ted Smouth Memorial Bridge, along Woody Point, through Margate and Redcliffe and finishes in Scarborough. Be aware though that at the southern end of Margate you will find that the path ends you and you need to walk 100 metres along the road to get back to the waterfront, while cyclists will need to go about 200 metres to avoid the stairs.
Margate is not really known for its food, but the Sebal Hotel Margate Beach has a restaurant and cafe on the ground floor which since it opened in 2018 has attracted many people to the area just to eat. While they have a full cafe and restaurant menu, the most popular is their seafood platter.
Further down the beach is Red Dolphin Seafoods, which is a great place for fish & chips with large portions at a good price. They have a reputation for friendly service. I like this place because across the road, there is more of a park to sit in while eating your seafood.
Red Dolphin Seafoods is a great value for money fish 'n' chips shop
The town centre of Margate has several restaurants of the type that you could find any nearly any suburb in Brisbane, with 2 Chinese restaurants, two Thai restaurants, a noodle bar, an Italian restaurant and a variety of fast food. The main stand out is the Golden Ox serving award-winning modern Australian food in a banquet style format.
Don't forget there are also a few barbecues along the beach front if you want to bring your own food and cook while enjoying ocean views.
If you want a quick sea break then the best place to stay is at the Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach which has nice boutique rooms all with either direct or partial ocean views. The prices are around $130 or $140 per night.
The Sebel Margate Beach is a nice boutique hotel overlooking the beach
There are also Sutton's Beach Units and Pale Pacific Holiday Units just south of Sutton's Beach with Pale Pacific providing ocean views with apartment style accommodation. They tend to advertise as being in Redcliffe, even though their addresses are in Margate.
Driving to Margate is a breeze with plenty of parking on the beach or in the nearby streets, unlike Redcliffe where parking is hard to find on weekends. This is especially so on Sundays when the Redcliffe market is on. Buses also go from Sandgate Train Station to Redcliffe with the 696 heading along the beach and the 690 going along Oxley Avenue, a short walk from the beach.
Of course, you can also walk or cycle along the coast from either Redcliffe in the north or from Woody Point in the south. Though it can be better to start at Margate and walk and cycle from there.
North of Margate is Redcliffe whose attractions include, many restaurants and cafes, a few bars, a jetty for fishing, Suttons Beach, the Settlement Cove Lagoon, Bee Gee Way, Redcliffe Museum and the ever-popular Sunday Markets. You can start your visit at quiet Margate and stroll up to Redcliffe for a bit more fun.
Redcliffe has numerous attractions but also the crowds
Woody Point is another nice spot just south of Margate Beach. There is a nice selection of restaurants, a pub and the yacht club, a jetty for fishing and the wreck of the HMQS Gayundah. A little quieter than Redcliffe, it is still an easy walk from Margate for anyone looking for a selection of cafes and restaurants.
Woody point has several attractions and nice restaurants
Margate shouldn't be the place we pass by. Yes, Redcliffe has many more attractions and even Woody Point has more restaurants and a nicer park, but Margate manages to be a quiet beach oasis with a nice hotel, a couple of nice restaurants, popular fish and chip shops and a wonderful boardwalk. If you want to go somewhere quiet to relax by the sea, Margate should be near the top of your list.