After parking, we headed down the footpath towards the lagoon and came across the First Settlement Memorial Wall. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a sign or plaque explaining what it was or why it was there.
Upon returning home, I did some research to discover that Redcliffe was Queensland's first European settlement colony in 1824. However, the colony was relocated to Brisbane in 1825. Redcliffe remained deserted until around 1860 and by 1880 Redcliffe had gained a reputation as a popular seaside resort.
Today, it still maintains its' seaside resort charm. I would recommend a day trip to Redcliffe if you love the beach or if you have an interest in history.
If you are a history buff, you could start the day with a self-guided heritage walk from the First Settlement Memorial Wall to the Redcliffe Museum. For more details and a map visit Redcliffe Historical Society Inc. The walk should take about one hour.
Afterwards, have a dip at Settlement Cove Lagoon or there are some beautiful beaches here including Suttons Beach and Scarborough Beach.
It is very easy to spend a few hours or more relaxing in Redcliffe. It really does feel like a small, seaside resort town somewhere, anywhere in Australia. It's difficult to believe that Brisbane is only thirty minutes drive away.
After swimming and soaking up the sun, you'll probably have worked up an appetite. If you're like me, whenever I am on holiday by the sea, I always crave fish and chips. Morgan's Seafood Market & Take-Away has an outstanding reputation.