Heading back in time in Redcliffe

Historical Redcliffe, the first colony in Queensland.

The picture perfect beachside town Redcliffe is located 35km north east of Brisbane. It has 20km of coastline and is surrounded by the majestic Glasshouse Mountains.


If you’re looking for somewhere packed full of colonial history then Redcliffe is a must-see. The town was discovered in 1799and was named by the explorer John Oxley. Redcliffe became Queensland's first colony, although it was later abandoned for Brisbane but it still holds onto its British colonial roots



There are many traditional British shops along the Parade, which do full English lunches, Devonshire teas and you can even buyPaddington Bears in the Teddies ‘n Sweets tourist shop!


Every year Redcliffe holds the Festival of the Sails on Easter Good Friday, it’s a carnival with more than a hundred markets and food stalls dotted along Suttons Beach. There are re-enactments of the first European landing and even cooking lessons available at this event.


I enjoyed visiting the Redcliffe Museum on Anzac Museum to learn about the indigenous culture in the area and also about Redcliffe’s European roots and I suggest history lovers try the heritage walk, which takes you along the First Settlement Wall.


As well as it’s own beaches, it’s most popular feature is the Settlement Cove Lagoon, which is located in the heart of the town, Redcliffe is close to many other popular tourist spots such as Moreton Island and Bribie Island, which are just a boat ride away.


Like many Queensland holiday destinations, Whale Watching tours are available here, and there are even shipwrecks to be explored in the tropical waters.


I definitely recommend travellers who are thinking about heading to Queensland to make their way to this quaint traditional and sunny place for an escape from city life and to see discover some Aussie colonial history.