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Population 7,986 (2011 census)
Established 1971
Postcode(s) 4020
LGA(s) Moreton Bay Region
Region South East Queensland
State electorate(s) Redcliffe
Federal Division(s) Petrie
Suburbs around Scarborough:
Deception Bay Deception Bay Moreton Bay
Deception Bay Scarborough Moreton Bay
Newport Redcliffe Moreton Bay

Scarborough is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region at the northernmost of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. Officially established on 27 March 1971, the suburb used to act as a gateway to Moreton Island via the Combie Trader barge, but this service was recently sold.


In the 2011 census, Scarborough recorded a population of 7,986 people, 52.3% female and 47.7% male.

The median age of the Scarborough population was 45 years, 8 years above the national median of 37.

71.3% of people living in Scarborough were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 8.3%, New Zealand 5.8%, Scotland 1.1%, South Africa 0.8%, Netherlands 0.8%.

90.5% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% German, 0.5% Dutch, 0.4% Russian, 0.4% French, 0.4% Italian.

Attractions and features

The suburb is known for its thriving seafood industry centred upon the Scarborough Boat Harbour. Scarborough Beach is one of a number of sandy beaches along its eastern coastline, with its Scarborough Beach Park awarded the "Queensland's Friendliest Beach" in 2003 and "Australia's Friendliest Beach" in 2004.

The main street of Scarborough, Landsborough Avenue, is a popular location for families and day visitors from Brisbane with numerous cafés. Part of the reason for its popularity is its overlooking views to Moreton Island across Moreton Bay, and quieter ambience compared to the Redcliffe central business district. Children enjoy the themed playground and its large cottonwood trees.

The point of Scarborough is home to Scarborough Marina and Scarborough Holiday Village, while further around the bay is Newport Marina.


StateLibQld 2 262956 Estate map of Hobbs Homestead Estate, Scarborough, Queensland, 1886
Estate map of Hobbs Homestead Estate, 1886

Parts of the movie Scooby-Doo were filmed at Queens Beach in Scarborough; the majority of the movie was filmed at Tangalooma Resort at Moreton Island.


Coordinates: 27°12′17″S 153°06′37″E / 27.2047°S 153.1102°E / -27.2047; 153.1102

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