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The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published December 19th 2018
This great boutique hotel makes Margate Beach a great escape
If you are looking for a short or weekend break from the city, then a recently opened option at Margate on the Redcliffe Peninsula is a great choice. This boutique hotel has small but well-featured rooms with views of Margate Beach, a great cafe and restaurant downstairs and a beautiful rooftop pool and deck.

The Sebel Margate Beach
The Sebel Margate Beach


About Margate Beach

While Redcliffe and Woody Point get most of the attention, lying between them is the 2 km stretch of Margate Beach. This lovely unassuming beach features a boardwalk along its length and is connected to Redcliffe by a beach path through Suttons Beach Park and is an easy walk to Woody Point.

Walking on the boardwalk at Margate Beach
Walking on the boardwalk at Margate Beach


While Margate Beach lacks most of the restaurants and attractions of its neighbouring suburbs, this is to its advantage, making it a quieter location on weekends, though it remains popular with walkers and cyclists. If you fancy a dip, the Margate is also a lovely spot for a swim. You won't see a lot of swimmers here, but in summer there are usually a few locals in the water.

Ready for a swim
Ready for a swim


There are two seafood takeaway restaurants on the beach, one at the north and the other at the southern end of the beach. The Sebel Hotel features Margate Beach House and Cafe, which provides a higher standard of dining.

Outside of eating at the hotel, there are a 2 seafood takeaway places on Margate Beach
Outside of eating at the hotel, there are a 2 seafood takeaway places on Margate Beach


As already said, Margate is a quieter beach option. But Redcliffe is a short walk away and there are plenty of restaurants, a museum and other entertainment such as Sunday Markets, bicycle hire and more. You can even skydive and land on the beach at Redcliffe.

Redcliffe Markets on a Sunday
Redcliffe Markets on a Sunday


About the Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach

This boutique hotel has 58 rooms. While not exactly spacious, the rooms are well laid out and feature a bed, sofa and cooking facilities, including a stovetop in some rooms.

A compact room with bed, sofa, kitchenette and balcony
A compact room with bed, sofa, kitchenette and balcony


The rooms have a very contemporary style with each room featuring historic photos of the area. All rooms have a view of the ocean, with the ocean view rooms looking directly onto the beach while the cheaper rooms face away from the ocean, which still can be easily seen from the balcony.

The rooftop bar and pool is a great place to enjoy a dip and views of the area. There is enough shade at during the day, but it is best enjoyed in the evening when it is cooler.

The rooftop at the Sebel Margate can be booked for events
The rooftop at the Sebel Margate can be booked for events


The bad part of the experience though is that it is a boutique hotel in a very underserviced area. On the weekends, residents of the region head to the peninsula and restaurants and cafes are packed with people. This means that the service can be slow in the restaurant.

The seafood platter at the Beach House Restaurant
The seafood platter at the Beach House Restaurant


One issue is that that the rooftop can be booked for events, which means you won't always be able to access it. This is a little hotel trying to provide a range of high-quality services, but of course, this can stretch their resources somewhat.

The Verdict

This hotel option provides a great weekend escape for people in Brisbane who just want to have a seaside getaway from the city without travelling up to the Sunshine Coast or down to the Gold Coast. I like the small well-designed rooms where I can prepare my own food.

Margate is a little bit sleepy but can be perfect for most people. If you want more you can head up to Redcliffe or Woody Point for additional food and entertainment options.

If you are thinking of a weekend away, then think of Margate. For a day trip, don't forget to pop into the cafe or restaurant for great food. It is a boutique hotel and is a great option when visiting the area.
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Why? Boutique hotel on the beach with a great restaurant
Phone: (07) 3448 3448
Where: 1 McCulloch Avenue, Margate Beach
Cost: Rooms from around $130 a night
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Love Redcliffe! Great pics!
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