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City Profile
Redcliffe - Gateway to Moreton BayThe City of Redcliffe is home to approximately 50,000 people and is located 35 minutes north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane (Queensland is a state of Australia). The city contains the suburbs of Redcliffe, Clontarf, Scarborough, Woody Point, Rothwell, Kippa-Ring and Margate.  Situated on a peninsula, the city is only 37 square kilometres in area so travelling from one part of the city to another is a breeze.

For those who have chosen Redcliffe as their home, the lifestyle is relaxed with a distinct focus on leisure and recreation. The mix of golden sandy beaches and picturesque foreshore parks makes Redcliffe a popular destination for day-trippers wanting to experience the best nature has to offer.

With average temperatures ranging from 15 to 24 degrees Celsius, Redcliffe is the perfect playground all year round.

The Redcliffe City Logo (featured at top, left of page)
The main elements of the red cliffs, sun, sails and water reflect the main visual themes of Redcliffe’s character. Embodied by colour, the symbol presents the bright outlook of the Council and the residents of the peninsula.

The Redcliffe Coat of ArmsCoat of Arms
The Redcliffe Coat of Arms was received from the College of Arms, London in January 1959. It comprises three elements — arms, crest and motto. The arms (central shield) features a horizontal arch of golden bricks (representing the Hornibrook Highway), a golden swimming fish (indicating the abundance of local seafood), and a reproduction of Captain Cook’s ship ‘Endeavour’ in full sail. The crest features the head of an aboriginal elder of a tribal council and reflects the role played by today's Council.  The motto (A Colondia Condita) means first settlement and acknowledges Redcliffe’s status as the site of the first European settlement in Queensland.

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Redcliffe's strategic location makes it a popular place to visit, do business or call home.

With easy access to the Bruce Highway and the Gateway Arterial Road, Redcliffe enjoys all the benefits of being within minutes of Australia's most rapidly growing centre - Brisbane, yet still has the appeal and amenity of a thriving coastal centre.  

Although it is just 35 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe offers its businesses and residents low congestion, plenty of parking, affordable rent and excellent integration between home and workplace facilities.  

Its proximity to Queensland's capital city Brisbane, domestic and international airports and the Port of Brisbane means you can work and live in this bay-side city and still be part of the metropolitan scene.

The local economy is driven by an active business community comprising innovative small operators, multi-destination exporters and pioneering high-tech firms.

Redcliffe's major economic sectors are retail trade, construction trades, property and business services, medical and community services, manufacturing and hospitality.

Business and Industry Breakdown

Source: RCBD Snapshot November 2006

 Businesses by Number of Employees

No Of Employees

No of Businesses


No of Businesses


Proportion of total Businesses (%)





5 - 19




20 - 99




100 -199








NO details provided








Source: RCBD Snapshot November 2006

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There are many reasons to visit the Redcliffe peninsula.  Research shows that around 1.2 million tourists visit Redcliffe each year.

Visitor Profile

The vast majority of visitors are day trippers (96%) from Brisbane (69%)
Most visitors come as family groups (90%) and almost all travel by car (98%)
The most popular activities include picnics and BBQs, visiting the beach, buying seafood, visiting the markets, fishing and attending sporting events
52 % of survey respondents spent less than 30 minutes getting to Redcliffe - 34% travelled for 30 to 60 minutes and 12% more than an hour
24% of respondents indicated it was their first trip to Redcliffe in the past 12 months, whilst 33.4% visit 10 or more times a year 
The main reasons for coming to Redcliffe were day out/outing/drive (31.2%), visit friends/relatives (13.2%), swim in the lagoon (9.1%), picnic/bbq (6.6%), buy seafood/takeaway (5.7%), and go to the beach (4.7%) 
Things they liked about Redcliffe included the beach (46.8%), atmosphere/scenery/views (41.1%), picnic areas/playgrounds/parks (32.3%), lagoon (22.8%), cafes/restaurants (16.1%) and good walking/cycling (15.5%)

Set amid Moreton, Bramble and Deception Bays, Redcliffe’s identity and tourism opportunities are closely linked to the sea. Redcliffe’s sandy swimming beaches are the closest to Brisbane and offer a wide array of water-based activities - including whale watching.

For detailed information on Redcliffe activities and attractions click below

Redcliffe City Volunteers

If you like meeting people and enjoy talking about Redcliffe�s many attractions, then why not become a volunteer at one of the Redcliffe Visitor Information Centres - located at Pelican Park, Clontarf, and Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe.

The Council currently has more than 70 volunteers who staff the centres from 9am to 4pm seven days-a-week � but there is always room for more.

As a volunteer you will be able to undertake accredited training courses, attend regular site tours and familiarisation programs, and meet and mix with other local and regional tourism volunteers.  So why not join in the fun of helping tourists get the most from their visit to Redcliffe?  To register your interest in becoming a  Redcliffe City Volunteer, click here.

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Redcliffe, Queensland’s first settlement city, has a rich and varied history.

Before European settlement in 1824, the area now known as Redcliffe was inhabited by Aborigines who took full advantage of the foods that could be easily found in and around its waters.

The settlement of Redcliffe (so named because of the distinctive red cliff faces) by the early Europeans was directly linked to Australia’s convict heritage. Redcliffe, situated on the edge of Moreton Bay, was considered to be the best location for a new northern penal settlement.

The brig Amity set sail for Redcliffe from Sydney on September 1, 1824 carrying settlement commandant Lieutenant Miller, explorer John Oxley, a crew and convicts. The party landed at Redcliffe on September 13, 1824.

First Settlement CityWhen the decision was made to relocate the settlement to the banks of the Brisbane River in 1825, Redcliffe was deserted and remained so until the 1860s when the area was declared an agricultural reserve. The land was used for dairying, sugarcane, wheat, cotton, beef, honey, cattle feed, oranges and potatoes.

Redcliffe underwent a significant land boom in the 1880s and was quickly gaining a reputation as a seaside resort - offering a seaside experience similar to many of the holiday destinations in England. A growing number of people were lured to Redcliffe to enjoy its safe, sheltered sandy beaches.

Day bathers travelled to the peninsula by steamer - the most celebrated being the Koopa. The Koopa delivered its first passengers to the Redcliffe Jetty in 1911 and continued to transport tourists to the city until World War II - when it was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy.

Improved roads and the construction of the 2.8 kilometre Hornibrook Highway, which officially opened on Friday, October 4, 1935, allowed more and more people to experience the magic of Redcliffe. The bridge meant Redcliffe was no longer considered isolated - and this resulted in significant population increases across the city.

Today, Redcliffe is a modern city that still possesses the charm and beauty of a small seaside holiday town. The mix of old and new continues to make the city so inviting to locals and visitors alike.

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