Postcode: 4020 | Location: 32 km to brisbane cbd
Local Government Authority
Redcliffe Shire; 32km north of Brisbane
Affordable seaside suburb.
The City of Redcliffe was Queensland's first settlement set amid Moreton, Bramble and Deception Bays and is now home to over 50,000 residents. One of Redcliffe's most historic and celebrated foreshore areas, Suttons Beach, underwent a $2.4 million transformation in the late 90s, early 2000, resulting in a 1.5-kilometre re-landscaped recreational area. In addition, the reconstruction of the Redcliffe jetty and streetscape works on Landsborough Ave add to the charm and beauty of this small seaside town. The mix of old and new continues to make the area inviting to locals and visitors alike.
Housing in the suburb is a mix of post war timber homes, increasing numbers of prestige waterfront properties and new suburban redevelopments. In recent years there has been a surge in residential unit developments, aimed at attracting investors. Both investors and owner-occupiers have supported recent strong housing demand resulting in robust price growth. Young couples and families are moving into the area and making the most of the seaside facilities on offer and easy access to other Brisbane localities. Just 32 kilometres north of Brisbane's CBD, Redcliffe is accessible via the Bruce Highway and the Gateway Arterial Road to the Port of Brisbane and the Brisbane domestic and international airports (only 20 minutes away).
A lingering concern among locals working in the Brisbane CBD is the lack of a rail link through to Redcliffe. Currently the line terminates at Brighton with no plans to extend across the Hornibrook Bridge into Redcliffe. The suburb has a diverse range of both public and private business activities including tourism, manufacturing and light industry, retail and the fishing and seafood industry.The Redcliffe City Council has made a strong commitment to economic growth with recent initiatives including the construction of a new library and art gallery and the redevelopment of the Redcliffe hospital. The main commercial element is retail trade with most local residents commuting to Brisbane for work. Families are well catered for with several primary, high and special schools in Redcliffe and surrounding suburbs. Those undertaking tertiary education have access to a TAFE campus on Klinger Road.
Due to it being part of a conurbation, in terms of population, Redcliffe is part of the statistical division of Brisbane. The city's name originates "Red Cliff Point" named by from the explorer John Oxley. Redcliffe became Queensland's first colony in 1824, however it was soon abandoned for Brisbane. Since the 1880s, Redcliffe has been a popular "seaside resort" location due to its proximity to Brisbane.
Before European settlement, the Redcliffe Peninsula was occupied by the indigenous Kabi people. Redcliffe holds the distinction of being the first European settlement in Queensland, first visited by Matthew Flinders on 17 July 1799. Explorer John Oxley recommended "Red Cliff Point" - named after the red-coloured cliffs visible from Moreton Bay - to the Governor Thomas Brisbane for the new colony, reporting that ships could land at any tide and easily get close to the shore.
The party settled in Redcliffe on 13 September 1824, under the command of Lieutenant Henry Miller with 14 soldiers, some with wives and children, and 29 convicts. However, this settlement was abandoned after one year and the colony was moved south to a site on the Brisbane River at North Quay, 28 km south, that offered a more reliable water supply. Redcliffe became a pastoral district in the 1860s and in the 1880s boomed as a seaside resort town with the paddlesteamer Koopa making regular trips to its jetty from 1911. The Hornibrook Bridge, completed in 1935 allowed easy access to and from Brisbane by motor car leading the way to rapid suburban development. The Bee Gees, Barry, Robin, Maurice along with younger brother Andy and the Gibb Family emigrated to this area in 1958 calling it home for a period.
Attractions such as Marisa Warlands house, Suttons Beach, Redcliffe Jetty, Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe Museum, Redcliffe Botanic Gardens and Redcliffe Showgrounds are all within the suburb of Redcliffe. Every Sunday morning the Jetty Markets are held in Anzac Place, immediately north of the iconic Redcliffe Jetty. In September each year, Redcliffe celebrates its history as Queensland's first European settlement location with the First Settlement Festival. This festival is chiefly held in the Redcliffe CBD.
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Redcliffe State High School
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Redcliffe Special School