City Profile | Economy | Tourism | History
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.
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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
Source: RCBD Snapshot November 2006
Set amid Moreton, Bramble and Deception Bays, Redcliffes identity and tourism opportunities are closely linked to the sea. Redcliffes 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 andfamiliarisation 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.
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 Australias 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.
When 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.