Youthful impressions can be hard to shake. One such teenage conceit was to regard the Redcliffe Peninsula, rightly recognised today as a lifestyle paradise, as “daggy” and uncool, a second-best beachside holiday destination of boarding houses for country Queenslanders. This wrong-headed notion was born of growing up on the Gold Coast at a time when surfing and Surfers ruled. So a seaside resort without waves, and red sand to boot, just did not rate.
Subsequent visits over the years, especially to the Scarborough end of the Peninsula have gradually dispelled my teenage prejudices and a recent visit with interstate guests buried any lingering negativity. The local council has obviously been busy. The tree-lined foreshore, shaded with stands of eucalypts, pines and pandanus, frames the blue expanse of Moreton Bay stretching across to Moreton Island. Generous barbecue and picnic facilities under accommodating pagoda-style pavilions, walking and cycle paths, and shaded playgrounds make an ideal destination for recreation-minded local families or Brisbane day trippers. For those who prefer a restaurant there’s fine foreshore dining available. Add in a perfect blue-sky Queensland winter day and my visitors concluded that in coastal comparisons Redcliffe ruled!