Shorncliffe: A Coastal Haven of Sun, Surf and Savoury Delights

Escape the ordinary and discover the hidden gem of Shorncliffe, a coastal paradise where natural wonders and culinary delights collide. This idyllic town offers a revitalising retreat for those seeking solace in the embrace of nature and the tantalising flavours of the region.

Shorncliffe: A Historical Gem

Shorncliffe Pier
Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council

Shorncliffe’s iconic pier, built in 1882, quickly evolved from a transport hub into a beloved recreational spot. Locals and tourists flocked to the pier for strolls, fishing, and sea baths in segregated swimming areas. In the 1930s, a shark-proof enclosure was added, proving its worth in 1948 when a large shark was caught, captivating onlookers.

By the mid-1950s, the pier became the starting point for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, a tradition that continues today. The Shorncliffe Pier remains a popular destination, offering a picturesque setting for walks, fishing, and stunning views of Moreton Bay.

A Dawn Chorus at Shorncliffe Pier

Early birds are rewarded with a spectacular sunrise symphony over the bay, painting the sky in a vibrant tapestry of colours. Wrap your hands around a steaming cuppa from local favourites like The Wired Owl or Cocoa Biscotti, and find your perch on Shorncliffe Pier for an unforgettable morning spectacle.

Adventure Awaits: Kayak, Kitesurf and Canine Capers

As daylight floods the landscape, embrace the call of adventure. Glide across the glistening waters on a kayak or harness the wind’s power with a kitesurfing lesson from the experts at Surf Connect. Even furry friends can join in the fun, with a dedicated off-leash dog beach ensuring everyone has a tail-wagging good time.

Neighbours Sites Around Shornecliffe

Hop on a bicycle and embark on a scenic journey along the scenic boardwalk that connects Shorncliffe with neighbouring Brighton and Sandgate. Along the way, a plethora of culinary delights tempt the taste buds.

Baaia: Indulge in a locally-sourced brunch feast, with seasonal dishes like harissa sweet potato hash cakes and pork belly eggs benedict.

Photo Credit: Baaia

Sandgate Fishmonger: A must-visit for award-winning fish and chips, complemented by generous scoops of creamy gelato.

Sandgate Fishmonger
Photo Credit: Sandgate Fishmonger

Full Moon Hotel: Unwind with live music, refreshing spritzers, succulent oysters, and the signature ale and miso ribs.

Full Moon Hotel
Photo Credit: Full Moon Hotel

From thrilling water sports to delectable dining experiences, Shorncliffe offers a delightful coastal escape that caters to every taste and temperament. Whether you’re chasing the sunrise, conquering the waves, or simply savouring the flavours of the region, Shorncliffe promises an unforgettable day trip filled with sunshine, smiles, and satisfying sensations.

Published Date 23-May-2024

Shorncliffe Commuters Warned of Fines for Parking Near Bayside Train Station

Commuters in Shorncliffe and the surrounding suburbs have been left disgruntled after receiving warnings of potential fines amounting to $116 for parking in a popular bayside train station’s vicinity. 

The Queensland Rail car park’s limited capacity has led to commuters seeking alternative parking options, primarily at Hutchinson Park, which has traditionally served as an unofficial overflow parking area for the train station commuters.

In September 2023, local council inspectors took action by issuing dozens of residents with notices, cautioning them against parking their vehicles on the grass at Hutchinson Park. This move was met with frustration, as the fines carried a steep penalty of $116. The warning notices were placed under windscreen wipers, catching many unsuspecting commuters off guard.

Call for Formalised Parking

Jared Cassidy, a local councillor and the Labor Opposition leader, expressed the need for a formalised parking solution along the grassed area adjacent to Railway Parade, which borders Hutchinson Park. He urged the local administration to take action to address the parking issues.

In the interim, Cassidy encouraged frustrated locals to make use of available street parking options or the station’s car park when it is not at full capacity.

Shorncliffe station
Photo Credit: Google Maps

Commuters’ Perspective

Christopher Berkley, a resident and regular commuter, shared his experience of receiving a warning ticket when the train station’s primary car park was full, compounded by reduced spaces due to construction equipment. Berkley criticised what he described as “bureaucracy gone mad” where the public was penalised for seeking alternatives when sufficient parking facilities were lacking.

He noted that the warnings have indeed had an impact, as train patrons have now resorted to parking on the side of the road and in surrounding streets. Some may have even opted to drive to work rather than use the train.

Berkley argued that parking at Hutchinson Park did not affect traffic or road safety, given the absence of nearby houses.

Council’s Stance on Safety and Environment

Councillor Kim Marx, Chair of City Standards, defended the council’s actions, stating that using Hutchinson Park for parking posed risks to pedestrians, other motorists, and the environment, including potential damage to underground infrastructure. She cited six complaints and 21 zero-value warnings issued this year alone, emphasizing the importance of adhering to parking rules.

Under State Government regulations, parking on a nature strip is generally prohibited unless otherwise signposted.

The Path to Legal Parking

Councillor Cassidy explained that the only viable way to enable legal parking at Hutchinson Park would be to realign the park’s boundaries and formalise parking arrangements. Similar measures at Boondall train station along Aberdeen Parade have successfully limited illegal parking.

Cassidy acknowledged the limited parking availability at Shorncliffe train station and suggested exploring alternative options, such as the larger Sandgate Train Station car park and nearby street parking, to avoid fines.

Published 12-Oct-2023

Commuters On Shorncliffe Line Can Now Pay Using The Smart Ticketing System

Did you know that passengers on the Shorncliffe train line can now pay for their journey using their bank cards, smart phones, and even smart watches?

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This comes as Queensland’s smart ticketing system for adult full-fare customers went online for both the Shorncliffe and Doomben lines, on Monday, 14 November 2022.

For the Shorncliffe station, the trial applies to anywhere between Shorncliffe, Sandgate, Deagon, North Boondall, Boondall, Nudgee, Banyo, Bindha, Northgate, Nundah, Toombul, Eagle Junction, Wooloowin, Albion, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley/ and Central stations.

This new smart ticketing trial also comes on the heels of the success of the Gold Coast light rail trial, which started in December 2020. The Gold Coast trial has recorded up to 1.7 million trips on the network since it started.

Smart ticketing was introduced to Brisbane in August 2022 and is now being rolled out across the Redcliffe Peninsula, Ferny Grove, Springfield, Ipswich/Rosewood, Caboolture, and the Sunshine Coast.

TransLink encourages commuters to try smart ticketing because it offers contactless payment methods in addition to Go Cards and paper tickets to pay for public transport.

Passengers who would like to use their bank cards will be able to tap on and off to pay for travel using their Visa, Mastercard, and American Express linked card or device.

“The current card-based system is more than 19 years old and is approaching end of life, meaning the current system and equipment does not have the capability to evolve with changing technology and customer needs and has been superseded by new cloud-based ticketing systems and secure contactless payment technology,” TransLink stated.

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Meanwhile, those who would still like to use their go cards may continue doing so. Paying with the go card also still applies to customers travelling on a child or concession fare and those who travel beyond Roma Street station or using a connecting bus service.

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For more information about using the smart ticketing system, visit

Kerbside Collection Is Coming to Brisbane’s Northside

Heads up, people on the northside! Kerbside Collection is coming to Brighton, Deagon, Sandgate, Taigum, Shorncliffe, Boondall, Zillmere, Virginia, and Geebung this October.

The 2022 Kerbside Collection pick-up schedule will be as follows: 

  • 3 October – Brighton, Deagon, Sandgate, Taigum
  • 10 October – Shorncliffe
  • 17 October – Boondall, Zillmere, Virginia, Geebung

For the schedule of other suburbs, Brisbane City Council has a Kerbside Collection calendar.

For periodic reminders so you won’t forget your schedule, download Council’s free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app and keep push notifications enabled.

Residents are advised to place all acceptable materials for collection on the kerbside the weekend before the collection starts. These items should be on the kerbside in front of your home by 6 am at the start of the collection period.

Some of the acceptable items for collection include bath and laundry tubs, bicycles and sporting equipment, carpet and rugs, electronic waste* (e.g. televisions and computers), furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves), small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters), and wood products less than 1.5 metres.

You may also consider donating your still-usable items to organisations that can recycle or find other uses for them including GIVIT, Charitable Recycling Australia and BCC’s Treasure Troves. 


This not-for-profit organisation serves as a link between the communities in urgent need of essential items and those who have and are willing to donate. GIVIT was established in 2019 by Juliette Wright. Their platform allows charities to make potential donors aware of what are the exact items currently needed by the individuals that they support.

Charitable Recycling Australia

Charitable Recycling Australia proudly supports circular economy transition through charitable reuse and recycling. With the help of member enterprises who provide their decades of expertise in the collecting and sale of donated goods, the organisation has been extending the life of about 285 million products each year and pioneering the concept of circularity even before it was officially named.

Treasure Troves

Council currently operates two second-hand shops which sell donated items for Brisbane residents. The items come from BCC’s resource recovery centres. 

Brisbane City Council’s Treasure Troves are open from 8 am to 4 pm every weekend (excluding Easter Sunday, as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when these days fall on a weekend).

These shops are located at 46 Colebard Street West in Acacia Ridge and at 27A Prosperity Place in Geebung.

The resource recovery centres are located here:

  • Chandler Resource Recovery Centre, 728 Tilley Road, Chandler
  • Ferny Grove Resource Recovery Centre, 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
  • Nudgee Resource Recovery Centre, 1372 Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach
  • Willawong Resource Recovery Centre, 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong