Your Guide to Redcliffe Swimming around the Peninsula

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Posted 11 July


Take a look at what awaits you by the waterside all around the Redcliffe peninsula.

From the north-west, all the way down to the south side, Redcliffe’s sundrenched beaches and foreshore parklands offer enough variety, attractions and Redcliffe swimming opportunities to entice beachgoers, fitness enthusiasts, dog owners, foodies, families, couples and solo sunseekers.

 

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The Newport to Scarborough Marina Waterfront

You won’t find any Redcliffe swimming beaches along the north-west section of Newport and Scarborough, however, you will discover plenty of parkland featuring fantastic shared paths (welcoming leashed pups) stretching all the way from the far end of Endeavour Esplanade to the marina.

This scenic section is dotted with a few fitness stations and is ideal for waterside picnics, BBQs, and long jogs or walks, especially at sunset.

A couple of sheltered BBQ spots, picnic tables and benches are dotted along the foreshore great for a weekend get-together, or a romantic sunset snuggle with someone special. If you’re getting hitched you can also book Endeavour Park as your wedding venue.

There are more parks featuring playgrounds dispersed towards the tip of Scarborough – Thurecht Park, Jamieson Park and Tingira Park.

Car parking can be found all over the place – curb-side along Endeavour Esplanade (or in the tiny carpark at the far end), or further up by the marina in Bird Opassage Parade and along Reef Point Esplanade and Second Avenue and all the side streets in-between.

Need to Know:

  • Multiple Carparks
  • Plenty of Curb-Side Parking
  • Disabled Toilets (Thurecht & Jamieson Parks)
  • Baby Change Room (Thurecht Park)
  • Parks
  • Sheltered BBQs
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Bins
  • Public Toilets
  • Water Fountain
  • Cafes & Marina Restaurants
  • No Redcliffe swimming beaches

Scarborough Beach

The peninsula’s northernmost beach, Scarborough Beach, is beloved by families for its calm waters and well-maintained park which is home to Pirate Park Playground and the Gollum Tree.

Aside from its reputation as a wonderful Redcliffe swimming beach, it’s also popular with the weekend sailing crowd, kayakers and SUP enthusiasts.

Come for a visit to take a dip, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a BBQ, shore fishing, or hire a kayak to take out on the bay. If you’re after bayside dining instead, head across the road to one of the cafes with park and beach views.

Though not an off-leash Redcliffe dog beach, you are welcome to walk your leashed pooch along the pathways.

Need to Know:

  • Beach Carpark (access from Landsborough Ave)
  • Curb-Side Parking
  • Public Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Disability Access
  • Water Fountain
  • Showers
  • Shared Pathways
  • Shaded Picnic Tables
  • Sheltered BBQs
  • Bins
  • Park
  • Playground
  • Gollum Tree
  • Cafes & Restaurants
  • A favourite Redcliffe swimming spot for families
 

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Queens Beach

Queens Beach is a 600 metre stretch of sand located between Scarborough Beach in the north and Osbourne Point in the south.

Favoured by dog owners, this beach becomes an off-leash Redcliffe dog beach daily before 8am and after 4pm (as part of a trial period). The off-leash area is found between Drury Point and the stairs leading to the beach from Flinders Parade, between Murphy and Phillip Streets.

This beach is ideal for exercising furry, four legged, family members so bring your pup for a walk, a jog, or water play on a warm and sunny day.

There are shelters and BBQ facilities scattered along the waterfront with amenities found along the foreshore in Queens Beach Park, and even a small sand boat ramp for the convenience of local boat owners.

Joggers, mix-up your run by integrating this stretch into a lengthier jog from Scarborough down to Margate Beach or further – shared paths stretch the entire way around the peninsula, from north to south all the way around to the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge to create the Moreton Bay Cycleway.

Need to Know:

  • Beach Carpark (access from Donkin St)
  • Small Sand Boat Ramp
  • Park Benches
  • Sheltered Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Tables
  • Toilets
  • BBQ
  • Bins
  • Water Fountain
  • Closest dining options found across from Scarborough Park, or along Redcliffe Parade
  • The only local, off-leash Redcliffe dog beach
 

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Redcliffe Beach

Though not one of the Redcliffe swimming beaches, Redcliffe Beach is a great spot to throw in a fishing line from the jetty, enjoy a romantic boardwalk stroll, or dig into delicious dishes dining across the road from the waterfront. Bee Gees Way is found here, along Redcliffe’s main strip, so if you’re a Bee Gees fan check it out before or after your meal.

This beach sits between Settlement Cove Lagoon and Captain Cook Park. It is best known for its historic Redcliffe Jetty which stretches over the sand, far out across the bay. Stroll its length to snap some great photos, or to hop-on a Brisbane Whale Watching cruise.

The Redcliffe Visitor Information Centre cannot be missed, enjoying pride of place in front of the jetty on the wide boardwalk which stretches all the way south to Settlement Cove Lagoon and north, past the Anzac Place War Memorial and playground area to the beach carpark. From the carpark you can continue north along the waterfront following a narrower pathway to Scarborough Beach.

The Redcliffe Jetty Markets take place along the foreshore here every Sunday from 8am until midday.

Though it’s not an off-leash Redcliffe dog beach, you can bring your leashed furry friend for a boardwalk stroll.

Need to Know:

  • Beach Carpark (access from Redcliffe Parade)
  • Redcliffe Jetty
  • Shared Pathway
  • Disability Access
  • Shaded Picnic Tables
  • Benches
  • Bins
  • Public Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Baby Change Room
  • A Fixed Boardwalk Periscope
  • Curb-Side Parking
  • Disability Access
  • Plenty of Waterfront Dining Options
  • Not a Redcliffe swimming beach

Settlement Cove Lagoon

This wheelchair accessible, manmade lagoon is all the rage with families. With multiple sections (including a wading area) designed to amuse different ages, it is perfect for a safe swim with younger children.

If your little ones would like to take a dip during the colder months then come on by, Settlement Cove Lagoon is heated, and open year-round.

The lagoon carpark is by Suttons Beach, next to which you’ll find a public basketball court.

Need to Know:

  • Beach Carpark (access from the roundabout at the corner of Anzac Avenue & Redcliffe Parade)
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Baby Change Room
  • Showers
  • Disability Access
  • BBQs
  • Shaded Picnic Tables
  • Kiosk
  • Playground
  • Basketball Court
  • Shared Pathway
  • Bins
  • Lifeguards during Summer
  • Redcliffe swimming lagoon ideal for younger children

Suttons Beach

Suttons Beach is a peaceful little stretch of beach tucked back from the main thoroughfare of Marine Parade.

Nestled between Settlement Cove Lagoon and Margate Beach, Suttons Beach is a great spot to enjoy a swim in the calm waters of the bay, a BBQ get-together, waterside stroll, and sundrenched park activities.

The park area is quite large, making it ideal for ball sports, group fitness get-togethers, or solo workouts. A basketball court and a few fitness stations can be found towards the lagoon to complement your exercise regime.

A shaded playground sits nearby the Macdonnell Rd roundabout entrance to the Suttons Beach carpark. It marks the divide between Suttons Beach and Margate Beach.

As you drive into the parking area you’ll see numerous shaded picnic huts, and unshaded picnic tables dotted along the length of the park. If you haven’t brought a picnic, or snags for the BBQ, don’t worry, you can dine at the beachfront café, or take a short stroll up to Redcliffe Parade to hit-up one of the many cafes and restaurants along Redcliffe’s main strip.

Get the whole family together for a day of fun in the sun beneath towering Norfolk pine trees and hoop pines. Though not an off-leash Redcliffe dog beach, you are welcome to bring your leashed pup for a stroll along the pathways.

Need to Know:

  • Patrolled in Summer
  • Beach Carpark (access from Macdonnell Rd roundabout)
  • Disability Access
  • Fitness Parkour Space
  • Band Rotunda
  • Foreshore Café, with more dining found up on Redcliffe Parade
  • Large Park Area – features BBQs, public toilets, disabled toilets, baby change room, showers, picnic tables, bins, shared pathway, fenced & shaded playground
  • A fantastic Redcliffe swimming beach for all ages

Margate Beach

The most popular and largest of Redcliffe swimming beaches, 2km Margate Beach stretches all the way from the Macdonnell Road roundabout to the rocky cliffs just past Scotts Point Progress Park. Curb-side parking is available along Margate Parade’s entire length.

Steps lead down from the wide beach boardwalk onto the sands, sheltering the beach slightly from the road. Though it’s not an off-leash Redcliffe dog beach, you can take your pooch for an on-leash walk along the boardwalk.

The boardwalk (frequented by both cyclists and walkers) is lined by Norfolk pines and benches, with a few viewing shelters dotted at intervals providing much-needed sanctuary from the sun’s rays. You’ll find a fish and chip shop right across the road, with many more dining options a short walk back from the sands along Oxley Avenue.

This lengthy beach can be quite peaceful and quiet during the week, but come the weekend (or the school holiday period) and suddenly the sands are packed with families and sunseekers eager to soak up the rays and enjoy a dip.

Towards the south end of the boardwalk you can locate a small boat ramp and a few fitness stations. On the grassy area beside Scotts Pt. Bathing Pavilion a limited number of shaded and unshaded picnic tables and BBQs offer a few spots to enjoy a bayside feed. Make sure you show up with ample time to spare as the tables and BBQs are snapped-up quickly by the beach going crowds during the warmer months.

If you’d like to enjoy a waterside stroll you can walk from Margate Beach up along Whytecliffe Parade and into the Gayundah Coastal Arboretum to get a photo of the Gayundah Wreck which ran aground in 1958 at Woody Point. The Arboretum is also a fantastic spot for a picnic.

Need to Know:

  • Shared Boardwalk Path
  • Beach Carpark beside Scotts Pt. Bathing Pavilion (access from Margate Parade)
  • Plenty of Curb-Side Parking
  • Viewing Shelters
  • Public Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Showers
  • Water Fountain
  • Fitness Stations
  • Benches
  • Limited Number of shaded and unshaded Picnic Tables & BBQs
  • Bins
  • Small Boat Ramp
  • A fish and chip shop sits across from the beach, with more dining in & around Oxley Avenue
  • A fantastic Redcliffe swimming beach for all ages which gets very busy in warmer months

The Woody Point to Clontarf Waterfront

Though you won’t find anymore Redcliffe swimming beaches around the south side of the peninsula from the Gayundah Wreck onwards, you will come across a couple of cafes, fish & chip shops, a jetty, and boat ramps, as well as parks which stretch all along the concave waterfront almost reaching the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge.

The southern part of the Redcliffe peninsula is perfect for boat (or kayak/canoe) launching, on-lead dog walks, long bayside strolls, or jogs through parkland, and play time with children at Pelican Park.

Though there’s no off-leash Redcliffe dog beach here, you will find spots where leashed dogs can get their paws wet.

Need to Know:

  • Curb-Side Parking
  • Pelican Park Carpark (access from Hornibrook Esplanade)
  • Public Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Baby Change Room (Pelican Park)
  • Disability Access
  • Showers
  • Bins
  • Boat Ramps
  • Woody Point Jetty
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Waterfront dining concentrated back from Woody Point Jetty and across from Pelican Park
  • No Redcliffe swimming opportunities, but kayaks/SUPs can be launched from the boat ramp

Houghton Highway Bridge is the Prime Redcliffe Fishing Spot

Fishing enthusiasts, head west from Clontarf’s Pelican Park to the fishing platform on the side of the Houghton Highway Bridge (aka Hornibrook Bridge). This Redcliffe fishing hotspot offers anglers a great catch of bream, flathead, chopper tailor, school jewfish, yellowfin whiting, winter whiting, and luderick.

The pylon eddies under the bridge are where you’ll stand the best chance of collecting a great haul of bream, especially during April and May.

Both mud and sand crabs can be plundered from drop dillies in the channels. You’ll often find cast netters here, hard at work.

You can also fish Hays Inlet from the south, on the bridge’s Brighton side.

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Looking for a Redcliffe Dog Beach or Park?

There are a few dog friendly areas around the peninsula. As part of a trial period, the beach between Drury Point and Queens Beach North in Scarborough becomes an off-leash Redcliffe dog beach before 8am and after 4pm daily.

The only other off-leash dog area on the peninsula is Kroll Gardens at Clontarf – 5 acres of fenced, off-leash park with a doggy obstacle course on the corner of Snook Street and Duffield Road.

Leashed dogs are allowed on the beaches between the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge and Woody Point Jetty, as well as any beach between Jamieson Park and Endeavour Park in Scarborough.

Redcliffe Swimming & Waterfront Play Pairing Recommendations

All that fun in the sun and sand worked-up your appetite? Don’t leave the peninsula with an empty stomach, take a look in the Eat & Drink Bayside section to discover local restaurants and cafes.

Would you like to book a peninsula holiday? Check our Let’s Go Event Calendar to plan your getaway around upcoming local, family-friendly events.

Are the off-leash Queen’s Redcliffe dog beach times unsuitable? Here’s a round-up of most of Moreton Bay Region’s dog parks & beaches.

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