Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region in the north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia.
The city's name originates "Red Cliff Point" named by from the explorer John Oxley. Redcliffe became Queensland's first colony in 1824, however it was soon abandoned for Brisbane.
Since the 1880s, Redcliffe has been a popular "seaside resort" location due to its proximity to Brisbane.
Before European settlement, the Redcliffe Peninsula was occupied by the indigenous Kabi people.
Redcliffe holds the distinction of being the first European settlement in Queensland, first visited by Matthew Flinders on 17 July 1799. Explorer John Oxley recommended "Red Cliff Point" - named after the red-coloured cliffs visible from Moreton Bay - to the Governor Thomas Brisbane for the new colony, reporting that ships could land at any tide and easily get close to the shore. The party settled in Redcliffe on 13 September 1824, under the command of Lieutenant Henry Miller with 14 soldiers, some with wives and children, and 29 convicts. However, this settlement was abandoned after one year and the colony was moved south to a site on the Brisbane River at North Quay, 28 km (17 mi) south, that offered a more reliable water supply.
Redcliffe became a pastoral district in the 1860s and in the 1880s boomed as a seaside resort town with the paddlesteamer Koopa making regular trips to its jetty from 1911.
The Hornibrook Bridge, completed in 1935 allowed easy access to and from Brisbane by motor car leading the way to rapid suburban development.
The Bee Gees, Barry, Robin, Maurice along with younger brother Andy and the Gibb Family emigrated to this area in 1958 calling it home for a period.
Attractions and features
Every Sunday morning the Jetty Markets are held in Anzac Place, immediately north of the iconic Redcliffe Jetty.
In September each year, Redcliffe celebrates its history as Queensland's first European settlement location with the First Settlement Festival. This festival is chiefly held in the Redcliffe CBD.