Redcliffe - A hub to escape from the city
I am sitting in this fancy waterfront cafe having my mochacino with raisin toast looking out to the vast blue ocean off Moreton Peninsula saying to myself – What a wonderful place to be and I am so lucky to be here enjoying this place. Along the main waterfront street, visitors and locals casually strolling along and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. This is the feeling that I get when I escape the busy life of Brisbane city. Yes, it didnt’ take me long to realise that I was looking out to Moreton island, the gateway of paradise – with the golden soft sands that goes for miles and miles away. It is a popular haven for campers and hikers.
History in brief?
Prior to European settlement, Redcliffe Peninsula was occupied by the Indigenous Ningy Ningy people. The native name is Kau-in-Kau-in which means Blood-Blood.
Redcliffe’s name originates from “Red Cliff Point” which was named by the explorer Mathew Flinders, referring to the red cliffs at Woody Point. This small seaside township became Queensland’s first colony in 1824 and soon abandoned for Brisbane. Since the 1880’s, Redcliffe has been a popular seaside resort location due to its proximity to Brisbane.
Today, this small seaside township has boomed and is a very popular getaway destination among tourists and Brisbane city residents who want to escape from busy Brisbane city lifestyle.
Where is Redcliffe?
Just 30 kilometres from downtown Brisbane city is the delightful getaway hub of Redcliffe. It is a coastal residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region in the east north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula. It serves as the central business district for the Redcliffe Peninsula and its surrounding suburbs. Redcliffe has been a popular seaside holiday destination for many holiday makers.
How to get to there?
It is entirely possible to get to Redcliffe with the help of public transport – that is either coach, buses or train. The easiest way to get to Redcliffe from Brisbane is by train. The Redcliffe Peninsula Train from Roma Street Station or Central Station from Brisbane city will get you to Kippa-Ring Station in about one hour. Alternatively, there are few Redcliffe local transport operators such as Point-to-Point Express, RedAir Transfers or Chauffeur Me. The train timetables can be found here and bus timetables here. However, my recommendation would be to hire a car and explore on your own time. Travelling to Redcliffe by car is fairly straight forward depending on the traffic and it can be very slow drive during peak hours and might take up to almost an hour. As it only takes about 30 minutes drive from the Brisbane city, I prefer to drive. Along the way to Redcliffe is a scenic drive. If you have the time and want to see more of the area on your visit, detour to various parks and swampy lands on well maintained boardwalks and surprise yourself with the abundance of the areas wetland bird life.
What to do there?
Redcliffe been proximity to Brisbane city, this tiny seaside town has blossomed into a festive city. It is an ideal place for families and even adults. There are many activities to enjoy from mouth watering seafood restaurants, historic walks to beautiful beaches. My favourite fun time was cycling along the 35 kilometres foreshore pathways and scenic bikeways stretching from Scarborough all the way down to Clontarf.
Redcliffe is the gateway to Moreton Island, a popular island for campers and hikers and it is very popular spot for whale-watching but there is an abundance of activities to do there and is endless. The best thing about this place is, you don’t have to travel afar to enjoy all these fun activities. They’re all within close proximity.
From the first moment I saw the place when I arrived in my car, I knew it would be an amazing place to be. I was just blown away by its beauty and pure relaxation atmosphere and so much to do.
Discovering Redcliffe’s rich and fascinating history at the museum, being entertained by viewing vintage movies, browsing through art galleries, walking through the memory lane of the famous Bee-Gees and watching whales and dolphins at play is just pure joy and entertainment. The endless list of waterfront restaurants, weekend markets and annual festivals make the area, a must-visit destination for both families and sunseekers.
From been adventurous to relaxation, I spent most of my time enjoying all the sights by strolling the peninsula’s foreshore and sun-swimming at one of the local Moreton Bay beaches and the Settlement Cove Lagoon. I just took it easy with breakfast and lunch by the waterside and by night time, I opt for a night out at one of the many local dining and nightlife hotspots overlooking the water. No wonder, many tourists from all over the world, locals and Brisbane city residents keep coming to this place.
Across from waterfront cafes and shops is Redcliffe’s main beach features picnic areas and with plenty of pine trees hugging the back of the beach, providing shade as well as a picturesque backdrop. Relaxing and swimming can be enjoyed on the beach as well as beach walking and fishing on the jetty. The jetty is a great spot and very popular for taking a walk along and simply enjoying the morning sunrise or evening sunset. At the end of the jetty is where ferries and tour boats that take you out for whale-watching and other sea activities.
Where to stay and get around there?
Redcliffe is a town that have various types of accommodation ranging from resorts, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, B&Bs and campings nearby. The range of accommodations throughout Redcliffe fit most holiday styles and budgets.
For me to fully enjoy my stay in Redcliffe and to make the most of the town’s attraction, I stayed at one of the self-contained units ran by the Country Womens Association (CWA) in Scarborough. The local public bus service provides an excellent form of public transport and certainly solved my form of getting around the town. I virtually left my car in the front yard of the unit for the whole two weeks I was there, unless I went out for evening dinner somewhere further. This way, I don’t have to fight the traffic from locals on their daily commute and I get to sample the local way of life and its beautiful town. Undoubtedly, this is the best way to see and taste the true heart of Redcliffe.
During my stay in Redcliffe, my accommodation was based not from from the public bus service and walking distance to the beach, restaurants and cafes. The self-contained units were very spacious, surround by well-maintained garden, variety of plants, flowers trees with plenty of space to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. I must say, it was the ideal introduction to the area and Redcliffe life.
Things to see and do in Redcliffe?
If you want to explore some of the seaside suburbs closer to Redcliffe, a quick 10-15 minutes drive from main hub of Redcliffe, you’ll find yourself in a number of few beachside suburbs in Redcliffe area. Some of the pathways hangs precariously close to the edge of the sea cliffs it’s built on.
- Wood Point
Some of the pathways and roads, as you wind your way through the roads, you will eventually come across some of the sections that lead to nowhere but an outstanding views and lookouts to Moreton Bay. The views are incredibly breathtaking. As you admire the views of the coastline, beaches and the endless Moreton Bay stretching out before you, it is unmistakably some of the best beach suburbs in Redcliffe.
Some of the popular experiences in Redcliffe area that I enjoyed doing were:
- Redcliffe Jetty: Here you, Feel the sea spray as you walk along the historic jetty. This jetty is a perfect spot to see the sunrise and sunset whilst enjoying a romantic stroll or throw a fishing line into the water.
- Bee Gees Way: Watching and listening to the stories of Bee Gees as you stroll along this memory lane
- Botanical Garden: Immersing myself into listening to bird calls in the garden. It is a wheel-chair friendly garden and is home to a resident flying fox colony, over 500 species of herbs and various areas devoted to different species of plants.
- Settlement Cove: This area is just absolutely great place to have a swim and a wonderful place for families. It is a huge swimming area like an upmarket resort with a big play park adjacent. I must say, it is a great place for a day out.
- Redcliffe Jetty Markets: Bargain and bite into freshly cooked dishes held every Sunday. The whole waterfront area comes alive with the Waterfront Market. With great food stalls, buskers, art and craft for sale makes it a lively place to be.
From Personal Perspective:
To me, Redcliffe is a great place to escape from the city and has so much to offer visitors and travellers who wish to escape the stress of busy city life. It unbelievably almost have 25 kilometres of soft sandy beaches and spectacular views across Moreton Bay from the Hornibrook Highway. This certainly makes Redcliffe, has the perfect combination of sun, sand and sea destination. It has so much to offer visitors who wish to escape the stress of hectic city destinations. I have experienced it and certainly not the last time to visit the area again.