“Well established seaside community with a friendly village atmosphere”

Shorncliffe is a little seaside suburb, located 15km northeast of the Brisbane CBD. Aboriginals called the area Warra, meaning an expanse of water. With its beautiful streets, super friendly locals, historically restored pier and picturesque foreshore, you can understand why Shorncliffe has been voted “the most liveable suburb in Brisbane”. Shorncliffe boasts a number of different festivals throughout the year, including The Blue Water Festival, the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race and the inaugural ‘Long Table’ dining event hosted under the full moon along Shorncliffe Pier. The Sandgate Golf Club is located in Shorncliffe and is one of the oldest (and most beautiful) in Queensland, set among waterways and natural bush.

A few local shops are scattered throughout the suburb, and the area includes Shorncliffe State Primary school, and private boys school St Patricks College. Brisbane Airport is a short 20-minute drive. Shorncliffe has one railway station, which is the terminus of the Shorncliffe railway line. It is a 45-minute direct ride into the Brisbane CBD.

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Area Profile

  • Average Age: 40 – 49 years
  • Household Structure: 46.4% Couples with Children | 36.1% Childless Couples | 15.8% Single Parents | Other 1.8%
  • Occupation: Professionals
  • Ownership: 70% Owner Occupiers | 30% Renters
  • Population: 1.9k
  • 5-year population change: 2.9%
  • Land size: 1.2 square kilometres
  • Green spaces: 3, covering nearly 5.7% of the total area

Local School Catchments

  • Shorncliffe State Primary School [Co-ed] [Government]
    St. Patricks Collage [Boys] [Private – Catholic]

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Shorncliffe was first settled in 1853, although access to Shorncliffe was problematic until the bridging of Cabbage Tree Creek in 1865. Around the same time, John McConnel, an Ipswich pastoralist, built his ‘Cressbrook’ mansion. Later re-named ‘Morven’, the building has had numerous uses including an American Army billet in World War II. It now houses St Patrick’s Catholic boys school. Several other grand bayside residences can be found in Shorncliffe, including Musgrave House convalescent home and the elaborately decorative two-story Drew House. Both now heritage listed.

Shorncliffe is most famous for its long timber pier built in 1882. Stretching 350 metres, it was found to harbour marine borer. It closed for restoration in 2012 and reopened to the public in 2016. It is the largest timber pier in Brisbane, and one of the longest recreational piers in Australia.

Local Life – See, Do, Experience

Where you will find the locals…

  • Lingering in the early morning light to purchase some of the freshest, sweetest and best value seafood from the fishos selling direct from their trawlers
  • Enjoying time on the water, sailing for pleasure or competing in the regular Sandgate Yacht Clubs racing events.
  • Running into a familiar face, whilst picking up excellent coffee at The Wired Owl Coffee Co
  • Standup paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing or kitesurfing along the bay
  • Dressing up, star gazing and enjoying a unique dining experience along the historic Shorncliffe Pier for the annual Long Table Dinner event