A lovely little nature walk under the cliffs at Shorncliffe
Sandgate and Shorncliffe have long been popular destinations on the weekends for Brisbanites. While you will see people walking along the foreshore, one area many people miss out on the is the unique little walk along the base of the cliffs at Shorncliffe. Overall, it is about a 2 km circuit.
You can either start this walk at Shorncliffe Pier or from the Cabbage Creek Estuary. I think that parking is a little easier at the estuary end, but it still attracts lots of people fishing, boating or just relaxing.
Fishing and boating on the Cabbage Tree Creek Estuary
At Frank Dolye Park, you will see one path heading up to the top of the cliffs and another that continues along the base of the cliffs. This makes the walk a nice little circuit, though you will also see some people scrambling down the bluff from the top path.
The first part of the track is pretty rough, but later it gets a little easier. However at low tide most people would rather walk across the rocks than the path anyway. After all, that is part of the whole adventure.
The first part of the track is fairly rough, but requires no scrambling
Most people don't stop here but continue on to the pier. There has long been a jetty here, but recently it had to be removed as it was falling apart. A newly constructed pier has proved as popular as the old one.
After the pier you an continue the walk along the Shorncliffe and Sandgate foreshore. This path actually continues as far as Brighton, though you can walk across the bridge to Woody Point and continue on to Redcliffe if you are feeling fit.
The walk continues along the foreshore towards Sandgate
Shorncliffe is a great place for a stroll. Not only is there the lovely cliff walk, pier and beach, but there are also numerous artworks long the walk. Then of course there are fish & chip shops by the sea as well as plenty of cafes in the town centre.
The are numerous artworks along the path between Shorncliffe and Sandgate
You can complete the walk as a circuit by returning along the top of the cliffs back to Frank Doyle Park. Overall one of the loveliest and surprising little walks in an area with several great places to walk.
Shorncliffe Pier seen from the walk that goes along the top of the cliffs