From Monday to Friday, Redcliffe is a sleepy beach side suburb, but come the weekend it becomes a vibrant must visit destination for everyone who lives in the Moreton Bay area and casting a wide net attracting people from all over the greater Brisbane area.
While the beaches at Redcliffe in no way match those on the Sunshine Coast, they are far better than Brighton and Sandgate, making them the best beaches in the greater Brisbane area. Also they are within easy reach of anyone in the Northern Suburbs.
Due to the large number of blue bottles in the water more families instead prefer to enjoy the safer waters in the lovely artificial lagoon. However you will also see some keen swimmers at the various beaches along with local kids jumping off the Redcliffe Jetty.
Walking along the seashore around the Redcliffe CBD you will also find numerous artworks and references to Redcliffe's history.
Food and dining
Recently Redcliffe's legendary Jetty Cafe was sold and changed from a humble fish and chip shop to a seafood cafe. The gentrification of Redcliffe continues with an increasing quality of dining establishments in the Redcliffe CBD and in other select seaside locations around the peninsular.
Some highlights include Mon Komo Hotel (only go on weekends, during the week they must employ a different chef and the quality of the food drops), Morgan's Seafood Restaurant in Scarborough and Sails Restaurant on Sutton's beach. Walk along Redcliffe Parade to find numerous other dining options. There are also a number of interesting eateries down the various arcades and in Sutton Street.
If you go to Redcliffe on a weekday they will all have great lunch specials in most of the restaurants.
Markets and shopping
The Sunday markets brings locals and tourists into the area. Check out the local crafts and products at the markets. There are also a number of little shops and several small commercial art galleries on the main strip and in the arcades.
Redcliffe is also the place to buy your fresh Deception Bay oysters, usually from a roadside stall.
Sport and exercise
Redcliffe is a great location for the active person. You can cycle from Scarborough along the shore front cycleway past RedCliffe and all the way to Woody Point. If you are keen you can keep going to Shorncliffe. The superfit can join up to the cycle path that leads to Boondall, Nudgee Beach, Toombal and beyond. On weekends there are beach side locations renting bicycles.
Redcliffe is a magnet for sea kayakers and surf skiers. With its numerous ocean protection zones, Redcliffe is a great location for spotting aquatic life.
Redcliffe also attracts some kite surfers to Sutton's beach though there are perhaps better locations down at Sandgate or up on the Sunshine Coast.
In Winter you can still swim in Redcliffe in the excellent indoor, heated swimming pool.
Adventure and excitement
Redcliffe is also a place to take up skydiving. Tandem jumps at Redcliffe will land you on the beach.
Redcliffe is also the jumping off point for cruises to Moreton Island.
Despite being a tourist destination Redcliffe is not a great place to stay. There are 2 nice options which are Mon Komo Hotel and Scarborough Beach Resort. There are also a few motels in the area of dubious reputation. The Belvedere Hotel at Woody Point is another fine option for those who want to stay in the area but don't need to stay specifically in Redcliffe. Room rates differ greatly between the weekend and weekdays.
Getting there and away
The Sunday markets attract a huge crowd making driving a hassle. Bus can be a better option. The best way is to take the train to Sandgate and take a bus from there. On weekdays there is little traffic and plenty of parking.
Is it worth going to Redcliffe for a weekend?
Redcliffe makes an excellent day trip with a large number of things to do to fill your whole day. Its proximity to Brisbane city means that few people choose to stay there and prefer to go further north to the Sunshine Coast for a weekend away.
A great article on my current home town. Only thing to be aware of is that you can't go from here to Moreton Island at the moment, but that option should be available again in the near future. There is a great whale Watching boat that leaves from the jetty.