A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published September 23rd 2011
Scarborough Beach is one of Redcliffe's beautiful, family friendly beaches and a fantastic destination for weekend day trips during the summer months.
The Redcliffe Peninsula is a half hour drive north of Brisbane and, being sheltered from open water by Moreton Island, has calm, surf-free beaches which are perfect for families with younger children.
At low tide, the waters of Scarborough Beach are only knee-deep until about a hundred metres out from the shore and fish and even the occasional ray can be seen through the crystal clear water. A short walk up the beach will bring you to volcanic rock pools full of colourful crabs and other creatures. Continue further and you will be able to see the amazing red cliffs which tower over the beach and give Redcliffe its name.
Once the kids get tired of the beach, Scarborough Park is just next door. The park has two sections, one with an adventure playground and the other with amazing cotton trees which have been growing for decades and twist around one another and are great for climbing.
Sadly, the trees have been cut back from their original height for safety reasons but the kids (and grown-ups) will still love the chance to test their agility on this nature-created playground.
There are plenty of facilities available around the beach park with toilets, barbecues and free parking all within a stone's throw but get in early if you want to score a table for the day. Fish and chip shops and convenience stores are also nearby on the esplanade.