About Redcliffe

The Redcliffe region has a population of approximately 50,000 people and is located 35 minutes north of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. Whether it be wining and dining, galleries, live theatre, picnics, boating, swimming, cycling, skydiving, fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing and other aquatic activities - Redcliffe's got it covered!

From Morgans Seafood at the Scarborough Boat Harbor in the North, Settlement Cove Lagoon in the heart of Redcliffe down to Woody Point to the South, the Redcliffe region is the place to enjoy the sun, surf and sand as well as taking advantage of the buzzing cafe and restaurant scene.

Settlement Cove Lagoon & Marine Parade Redcliffe

Settlement Cove Lagoon is located in the heart of Redcliffe and is a tropical water wonderland overlooking Moreton Bay. Patrolled during the busy seasons, the free aquatic attraction features a children's playground which comes complete with water jets and play equipment as well as a wading pool and swimming area. At Settlement Cove Lagoon you will also find barbecues, picnic tables, showers and toilets. There is also a ramp into the lagoon for people with disabilities.

Settlement Cove Lagoon

History of Redcliffe

Redcliffe was Queensland's first settlement city. Prior to the Europeans settling here in 1824 the area was inhabited by the Aborigines. This was followed in 1824 by the settlement of Redcliffe by the early Europeans. As Redcliffe was situated on the edge of Moreton Bay it was considered to be the best location for a new northern penal settlement.

In 1825 a decision was made to relocate the settlement to the banks of the Brisbane and as a result Redcliffe was deserted and remained this way until the 1860s at which time the area was declared an agricultural reserve.

Land boom

In the 1880s Redcliffe experienced a land boom and was rapidly gaining the reputation as a seaside resort town similar to other holiday destinations back in England. Subsequently an increasing number of people were attracted to Redcliffe to enjoy its safe, sheltered sandy beaches.

Population increases

Improvement in local roads and then finally the construction of the 2.8 km Hornibrook Bridge, which officially opened in 1935, allowed increasing volumes of people experience what Redcliffe had to offer. Now with the new bridge, Redcliffe was no longer considered isolated and resulted a continuing population boom.

Painting of the Redcliffe Jetty
Redcliffe Jetty - d'Arcy W. Doyle  

Modern day Redcliffe still possesses the charm and beauty of a small seaside holiday town however the mix of old and new continues to make the city so inviting to locals and holiday makers alike.