"Sleepy beachside suburb with a vibrant village life"

Sandgate is a sleepy beachside suburb, located 17km north of the Brisbane CBD.

When you arrive in Sandgate, you could be mistaken for a different place and time. Historic buildings, beachside charm, vibrant village life, and beautiful green space, Sandgate is undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets. The community epicentre is the spectacular foreshore, where locals soak up the warm Queensland sun, take in the sweeping water views and participate in an active lifestyle. Throughout the year a number of event and festivals mark the Sandgate social calendar, and the suburb is known for its thriving arts and culture hub. The quiet leafy streets are lined with historic Queensland’s, many resorted to their former glory. A small number of new builds are starting to pop up throughout the suburb. Sandgate boasts convenient access to public transport, with a direct line connecting the Sandgate Train Station to the CBD. Brisbane airport is only 20 minutes away and the suburb is marked by the Gateway Motorway (M1). A number of good-quality state and private schools and childcare facilities are within the Sandgate and district catchment areas.

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Area Profile

  • Average Age: 40-49 years
  • Household Structure: 47.8% Couples with Children | 36.5% Childless Couples | 14.0% Single Parents | Other 1.6%
  • Occupation: Professionals
  • Ownership: 64% Owner Occupiers | 36% Renters
  • Population: 4.9k
  • 5-year population change: 5.8%
  • Land size: 3.2 square kilometres
  • Green spaces: 9, covering nearly 35.1% of the total area

Local School Catchments

  • Sandgate State School [Co-ed] [Government]
  • Sacred Heart Primary School [Co-ed] [Catholic]

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Originally known as Cabbage Tree Creek, in its early European history, the beachside suburb was something of a getaway for Brisbane residents – a place for holidays and day-trips. The Sandgate State School, with the original classes held in the chapel of the Baptist Church, commenced in 1973 and Sandgate was proclaimed a town in 1880. The following year construction began on the railway line and over the next few decades, historic buildings such as the Post Office and Town Hall were constructed and predominant in the Sandgate village today. Hotels were a big industry in the area, and the Seaview Hotel (opened 1881) is still standing in Sandgate today.

Local Life – See, Do, Experience

Where you will find the locals…

  • Taking in the sweeping views over Moreton Bay, Moreton Island, and Woody Point whilst enjoying a stroll after work with the kids along the foreshore
  • Doing the weekly shop at Satori Boutique Farmers Markets or enjoying the buskers and kids’ activities at the monthly art and craft markets
  • Hanging out in the (pooch-friendly) alley, sipping specialty coffee and watching the world go by at Capulet & Co
  • Relaxing with a wine, cocktail or one of the great selection of beers on tap, and listening to great music at the kid-friendly small bar – Mr. Henderson
  • Satisfying their hunger, with the BEST pizza in Brisbane from II Forno Kitchen Pizza Bar
  • Spending a lazy Sunday with family and friends, listening to acoustic tunes, the splendid water views and great pub food at The Full Moon Hotel
  • Watching (or participating in) a local theatre production or free screening at the Sandgate Twilight Cinema
  • Soaking up the community spirit at Bluewater and Einburnpin Festivals, Music by the Sea or the numerous art and cultural activities marking the Sandgate social calendar
  • Relishing the healthy, active lifestyle – kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, running, biking, walking along the bay or playing with the family pooch in the mudflat banks
  • Participating in the well-established community groups and clubs – Everything from playing the ukulele with the Sandgate Bramble Bay Ukers club to watching the mighty Hawks – Sandgate’s popular Australian Rules Football team.