Redcliffe Peninsula is located approx. 32km north-northeast of Brisbane and is part of the Moreton Bay Region Council area.
The districts name originates from “Red Cliff Point”, named by the explorer John Oxley. Redcliffe holds the distinction of being Queensland’s first colony, an honour that is celebrated with the First Settlement Festival held on the main foreshore in September each year.
The Redcliffe Peninsula area comprises Redcliffe, Margate, Clontarf, Scarborough and Kippa- Ring with a population of approximately 55,000 (2012 Census). Situated on Moreton Bay with beautiful foreshores, ocean views and direct access to the bay, Redcliffe is a tourist hub for the Moreton Bay region.
The Redcliffe area has a diverse range of both public and private business activities including retail, manufacturing, construction, light industry, fishing/seafood and tourism. Government services located on the Peninsula include a hospital and a police station.
Housing is a mix of post-war timber and modern brick homes. The first high rise was built in Marine Parade in 1974 and in recent years there has been a surge in residential unit developments. Increasing numbers of prestige waterfront properties, canal developments and contemporary suburban developments have seen some changes to parts of the suburb, with other parts retaining their seaside village charm. Development has been well supported by investor and owner-occupier demand resulting in steady price growth.
Transport within Redcliffe is provided by a local bus company with services around local routes linking with routes to other suburbs and Brisbane City. Taxis are also readily available and ranks are located throughout the Peninsula.
Transport to Brisbane is supported by bus links direct to the city as well as transit routes to train stations at Petrie, Caboolture and Sandgate.
A new Rail link to the area has been approved and supported by Local, State and Federal Governments with 6 new stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East (previously called Kinsellas Road Station), Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.Construction on the rail corridor is due to begin mid-2013.
Population growth in the area and a changing demographic has seen the completion of new shopping centres at Blue Water Square and development in the Dolphins League Club precinct. Refurbishment of the established Kippa- Ring Village centre which includes a cinema complex is due for completion in 2014.
Families are well catered for with several Government and non- Government primary and high schools in the area. Redcliffe boasts a vast number of parks and reserve areas and being a seaside location with 22km of beautiful shoreline Redcliffe places a high value on Sport and Recreation. More than 35km of dedicated bikeways surround the Peninsula and most weekends families picnicking on the foreshore are treated to the spectacle of free-fall Tandem Skydivers tumbling through the sky to land on Suttons Beach. Sporting clubs are well represented in the area and dedicated sports reserves are well cared for and well patronised.
Redcliffe has a growing café/restaurant precinct in the high street area and there are a multitude of restaurants, pubs, clubs and entertainment venues scattered throughout the Peninsula, including the Mon Komo Hotel, Sails on Suttons, Morgans Seafood, The Ox and Redcliffe Dolphins Leagues Club.
The Festival of Sails is held each year on Good Friday to celebrate the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race. More than 25,000 visitors come to Redcliffe to watch the colourful sails of the yachts as they pass through Moreton Bay. The annual Kite Festival held in May is also a major tourist event attracting thousands of visitors to the Redcliffe foreshore. Every Sunday morning the Jetty Markets are held along Redcliffe Parade adjacent to the iconic Redcliffe Jetty.
Moreton Bay Regional council has shown a strong commitment to the area, including the provision of the Redcliffe Cultural centre and a new library centre. Council has been supportive of re-development along the foreshore and in the main foreshore shopping precinct. The recent installation of Bee Gees Way celebrating Redcliffe as the childhood home of the Bee Gees has been an instantly popular tourist attraction.
There are a number of landmarks located in Redcliffe, such as the Redcliffe Jetty, Settlement Cove Lagoon, Suttons and Margate Beaches, Scarborough Beach Park, Redcliffe Museum, Woody Point Jetty, HMQS Gayundah shipwreck and the two bridges that have become iconic and synonymous with the area the Houghton Highway and the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge which links Redcliffe to the Brisbane suburb of Brighton.