Searching for a relaxing paradise by the sea? Take the family on a road trip to the Redcliffe and Bayside Region. Located up north, this historical seaside village is the perfect destination if you want to escape the rush of inner Brisbane.
The Redcliffe Peninsula began life as one of the earliest settlements in the Brisbane area. Thus, a lot of historical buildings can still be seen today in Redcliffe and the areas surrounding it. In the early 20th century, the peninsula began to grow popular as a tourist destination. People would flock to Redcliffe wanting to relax on the beaches. As the century progressed, people drifted away from the Peninsula. Quite recently, this sleepy little seaside town experienced a makeover. The creation of Bee Gees Way and the Rejuvenation project lead to the rise in popularity of the Redcliffe Peninsula once again.
Although it has had a facelift, Redcliffe still maintains the quaint charm of a historical seaside town.
Along with Redcliffe, the Bayside region also includes Clontarf, Margate, Woody Point, Newport, Kippa Ring, Rothwell, Scarborough and Deception Bay.
Conveniently enough, Redcliffe is also on the same route which heads towards the Sunshine Coast. If you’re going on a family trip, consider stopping into Redcliffe for a nice, relaxing afternoon.
The Redcliffe region is the perfect place for a nice day out with the family. From history to relaxing beaches, it is unquestionably a place of beauty. Highlights include:
Found in the suburb of Scarborough, Scarborough Park is the perfect place to bring the kids for a fun day out. Famous for its huge, twisting cottonwood trees, this park is a tree climber’s paradise. On the ground level, you will find two different playgrounds, Pirate Place and Train Place. Both are guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment. Picnic tables provide opportunities for picnics, or alternatively, there are plenty of delicious cafes right on the Scarborough foreshore.
Just along the front of Redcliffe Parade, you will find Settlement Cove Lagoon. Also known as Redcliffe Lagoon, this is the prime place to beat the heat. Patrolled by a lifesaver during summer, kids will love swimming in the cool water right beside the sea.
Redcliffe Parade also offers the opportunity to discover Bee Gees Way. Bee Gees Way is named after the famous band that originated right in Redcliffe. Bee Gees fans of all ages will love walking down this literal memory lane, rediscovering the history of the three brothers and their rise to stardom. At the very end of the walkway, a bronze statue of the band in their youth stands tall. Bee Gees Way is a picture-perfect photo opportunity and a must for all die-hard fans. Don't forget to share your Barry Gibb selfie #VisitMoretonBayRegion
Right beside Marine Parade in Redcliffe is the beautiful Sutton’s Beach. Considered by many to be the best area on the Redcliffe Peninsula, this beach has something for everyone. Families will love Sutton’s Beach Park. They can enjoy a nice BBQ beside the sea as the kids have fun either in the park or splashing in the gently lapping water. Couples will also love this beach, whether it be enjoying a romantic stroll or watching millions of soldier crabs run around the beach as the sun sets.
On Anzac Avenue, you’ll find Redcliffe’s very own museum. If you wish to discover the history of the region, be sure to check it out. Free of entry, there are plenty of collections to visit, videos to watch and there is a kid’s section as well. Discover more cultural places in the Moreton Region here.
The Redcliffe Jetty Markets have exploded in popularity in the past few years. Hosted along Redcliffe Parade every Sunday, these markets include a huge variety of interesting stalls. These include delicious foods, fresh produce, arts and crafts, unique clothing and interesting gifts. With live music playing regularly, the atmosphere of these markets beside the shore is one you cannot afford to miss. Discover more Moreton markets here.
From fish and chips to fancy dining, there are so many different places to eat in the Redcliffe and Bayside Region. Discover our Food Lovers Guide to Redcliffe here.
The Redcliffe Peninsula is famous for its delicious array of fish and chip shops, great places to visit include:
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Many events are held in the Redcliffe/Bayside Region each year, including:
Get ready to EAT, DRINK AND ENJOY. With Moreton Bay as its stunning backdrop, the free festival precinct winds its way along the Redcliffe Parade where foodies will enjoy top-notch bites and sips, along with a jam-packed program of entertainment. Visit the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival website for further details CLICK HERE
When: Second weekend in September
Location: Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
Spend the Easter long weekend bayside at the biggest Good Friday event on Brisbane's northside, Redcliffe Festival of Sails. Enjoy waterfront views of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race – Australia’s second biggest yacht race, along with the annual Pop-Up Ice-Cream Fair, dozens of market stalls, food trucks and live entertainment! Visit the Redcliffe Festival of Sails website for event program details CLICK HERE
When: Good Friday
Location: Sutton Beach, Redcliffe
Renowned for its world-class kite show, Redcliffe KiteFest certainly won’t disappoint! The best-kite flyers from throughout the world will come together for one very special weekend, Look up and be amazed at the majestic kites of all shapes and sizes. The festival program also includes main stage entertainment, free kids activities, carnival rides, roving entertainment and delish festival foods! Visit the Redcliffe KiteFest website for more information CLICK HERE
When: Second weekend in June
Location: Pelican Park, Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf
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From Brisbane: Travel down the M3 (Inner City Bypass) and get onto the M7 (Westlink). Then take the M1 (Bruce Highway) onto the Deagon Deviation. Follow the Deagon Deviation over the Hornibrook Bridge. Take a left up Victoria Avenue to reach the heart of Redcliffe. This whole trip should only take about 35 minutes.
From Sunshine Coast: Get onto the M1 (Bruce Highway) and take the Deception Bay Road exit. Then continue straight through the roundabout onto Anzac Avenue to reach Redcliffe. This trip takes around an hour.
There are plenty of places to shop in the Redcliffe and Bayside Region. By far the most popular of these places it the Redcliffe Forefront. Scattered with clothing shops and various arts, crafts and gem shops, this little village is the perfect place to pick up some seaside trinkets. Lovers of all things retro will love the variety of second hand and vintage shops in the area too.
For more shopping, consider visiting the Kippa Ring Shopping centre. These shops include big stores such as Kmart, grocery stores, clothing shops and a food court. There is also a cinema complex, making it a great place to catch a movie.
If you ever feel like a quiet weekend getaway be sure to visit the Redcliffe and Bayside Region sometime soon. With so much on offer, it’s the perfect place for families and couples to enjoy. Check out other local hotspots below: