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Parachute sailing at Suttons Beach, Redcliffe
Population 10,373 (2016 census)
Established 13 September 1824
Postcode(s) 4020
Location 28 km (17 mi) NNE of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s) Redcliffe
Federal Division(s) Petrie
Suburbs around Redcliffe:
Newport Scarborough Moreton Bay
Kippa-Ring Redcliffe Moreton Bay
Clontarf Margate Moreton Bay

Redcliffe is a residential suburb in the Moreton Bay Region LGA in the north-east of the Brisbane metropolitan area in Queensland, Australia. It also refers colloquially to the Redcliffe Peninsula as a whole, a peninsula jutting into Moreton Bay which contains several other suburbs. Since the 1880s, Redcliffe has been a popular seaside resort in South East Queensland.


In the 2011 census, the population of Redcliffe was 9,201; 52% female and 48% male. The median age of the Redcliffe population was 44 years of age, 7 years above the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 15.5% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 20.7% of the population. 68.4% of people living in Redcliffe were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 7%, New Zealand 6.3%, Scotland 1%, Philippines 0.8%, Netherlands 0.7%. 86.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 0.5% Italian, 0.4% Tagalog, 0.4% German, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Samoan.


StateLibQld 2 231285 Esplanade at Redcliffe near the jetty, 1906
Beachside path, 1906

Before European settlement, the Redcliffe Peninsula was occupied by the indigenous Ningy Ningy people. The native name is Kau-in-Kau-in, which means Blood-Blood (red-like blood).

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 (17 mi) south, that offered a more reliable water supply.

Queensland State Archives 2175 The Pavilion and bathers Redcliffe December 1937
Crowds at the beach, 1937

Redcliffe became a pastoral district in the 1860s and in the 1880s boomed as a seaside resort town with the twin screw excursion steamer Koopa making regular trips to its jetty from 1911. The principal route for passengers was a steamer from Sandgate pier to Woody Point Pier. The Hornibrook Bridge connecting Clontarf in the Town of Redcliffe to Brighton in City of Brisbane was completed in 1935 and allowed easy access to and from Brisbane by motor car leading the way to rapid suburban development. That led to the cessation of the Sandgate to Woody Point steamers.

In 1958, the Gibb family from Manchester, England emigrated to this area and called it home for a period. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb went on to form the highly successful music group, The Bee Gees. In 1959, Brisbane based Speedcar driver Bill Goode, the promoter of the Redcliffe Speedway (located at the Redcliffe Showgrounds) hired the brothers to entertain the crowds at the speedway from the back of a truck during the interval. This was the first ever public performance by the trio. In a letter to the Redcliffe Museum in 1999, Barry Gibb wrote "The smell of the oil, the noise and the atmosphere was incredible. This was the first public appearance Robin, Maurice and I ever made in Australia. We sang through the PA system and people threw money onto the track, and we met Brisbane's leading DJ and racing car driver Bill Gates, who suggested we call ourselves the BG's and even played our songs on his radio show, "Swinging' Gates' Platter Chatter". Hence Redcliffe became the birthplace of the Bee Gees."

The first high-rise apartment building was constructed along Marine Parade in 1974. For decades the interest for similar development was limited - until 2000 there were only four apartment buildings higher than 6 stories across the entire Peninsula. Renewed interest in Redcliffe as a seaside lifestyle precinct occurred in the 2000s and 2010s and as a result high rise and mix use development is found in all areas of Redcliffe along the coastline.

In 1975, the toll on the Hornibrook Highway was removed.

Heritage listings

Redcliffe has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Attractions and features

Redcliffe Lagoon at Redcliffe, Queensland
Settlement Cove Lagoon, 2016
Redcliffe Jetty

Attractions such as Suttons Beach, Redcliffe Jetty, Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe Museum, Redcliffe Botanic Gardens and Redcliffe Showgrounds are all within the suburb of Redcliffe. The entire Redcliffe Parade precinct is home to an abundance of restaurants and eateries including the award-winning Rustic Olive Italian restaurant and the Mon Komo hotel. On Sundays, the Jetty Markets take place along Redcliffe Parade and in recent years have been a significant event for local businesses with crowds of thousands taking part.

Aside from smaller events, in September each year, Redcliffe celebrates its history as Queensland's first European settlement location with the Redcliffe festival event. This festival is chiefly held in the Redcliffe CBD with Redcliffe Parade being closed off to traffic for most of the day. Other attractions as part of this festival include the KiteFest, The Jetty Fiesta, KiteFest Live and Spring Break Beach Party with ongoing interest from local community groups and sponsors to create larger and more attractive events each year.

A statue and walkway in honour of the Bee Gees was unveiled by Barry Gibb on 14 February 2013. Barry returned to open the second stage of the walkway on 9 September 2015.

Sport and recreation

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the Sandgate-Redcliffe Gators, Redcliffe Tigers, Peninsula Power FC, and Redcliffe Padres. Most notably, the Redcliffe Dolphins are a famous rugby league team competing in the second-level Queensland Cup, and will field a team in the fully professional NRL from 2023. Redcliffe hosts the only harness racing in Queensland that is North of Brisbane at the Redcliffe Harness Racing & Sporting Club.


  • Southern Cross Catholic College
  • Redcliffe State High School opened in 1958
  • Redcliffe Special School opened in 1964


Redcliffe is served by a small general aviation airfield, Redcliffe Airport (ICAO: YRED), located 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) northwest of Redcliffe in the suburb of Rothwell.

A few bus lines operate in Redcliffe and are run by TransLink.

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