Clontarf is a coastal suburb of the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is in the south-west of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 29 kilometres (18 mi) north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital. It was named after Clontarf in Ireland.

The land use is a mix of residential and light industrial.


In 1881,108 allotments at Hayes Inlet Estate, Humpy Bong of what is now Clontarf were offered for sale.[3][4] The Clontarf estate went to auction on 26 September 1882.[5][6] The sale was widely advertised including a coloured lithograph, showing the sub-division of Dr Ward's sugar plantation and using references to the city of Redcliffe "in the near future" and a regular steam ferry service between Sandgate and Clontarf within months in the newspaper advertisements.[7][8] The success which attended this sale of the Clontarf Estate led to Clontarf North sale in December 1882.[9][10]

Attractions and features

The Hornibrook Bridge, looking towards the southern tip of Clontarf

Clontarf is connected to Brisbane City, across Bramble Bay, by the Houghton Highway which is a 2.7 km long causeway that provides access to the southern tip of Redcliffe City, greatly decreasing the travel time between Redcliffe and Brisbane. The current pair of bridges, Houghton Highway and its twin Ted Smout Memorial Bridge, replaced the original Hornibrook Bridge which is now closed and mostly demolished.

Clontarf Beach and Bells Beach are two of the closest beaches to Brisbane City.

Pelican Park is known for its kite flying conditions, and a local industry has built around the sport. On weekends, many kites can be seen flying above Clontarf from the Hornibrook Bridge. During May, the Redcliffe Kite Club, based in Clontarf holds a two-day kite event called Kitefest.


In the 2011 census, Clontarf recorded a population of 7,911 people, 50.2% female and 49.8% male.

The median age of the Clontarf population was 42 years, 5 years above the national median of 37.

76.2% of people living in Clontarf were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.5%, England 5.2%, Scotland 0.8%, Philippines 0.8%, South Africa 0.5%.

90.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.4% Tagalog, 0.4% German, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Italian, 0.3% Samoan.

Heritage listings

Clontarf has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Evening peak traffic flow into Clontarf

Clontarf's west hosts the largest industrial area in the Redcliffe area, and the area is a significant source of employment for the region. Many residents of Clontarf also commute to Brisbane daily for work. Commuters also travel to Brisbane by Train, as there is now a Train line that connects to the peninsula.

Clontarf is host to two adjacent medium-sized shopping centres, on the southern tip of the suburb. Most retail commerce in the suburb revolves around small business however, and there are many stand alone corner stores and other small businesses still in existence.

Aussie Traveller, the largest caravan awning/annexe company in Australia now call Clontarf home


Several educational institutions are located within Clontarf: Clontarf Beach State High School, which opened in 1964 and has over 1240 enrolled students,[12] Clontarf Beach State School (1950) with approximately 350 students,[13] and a private school, Grace Lutheran Primary School (1971), with approximately 430 students.[14]

Community groups

The Clontarf branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Georgina Street at Woody Point.[15]

Public transport

Clontarf is served by several bus routes: Route 315, a limited-stops Monday-Friday service to Brisbane City; Route 693, an internal route within Redcliffe City, and Routes 690 and 695 to Sandgate railway station, an approximately 10- to 15-minute commute. All services are provided by Hornibrook Bus Lines.[16]

The Redcliffe Peninsula line is a 12 km stretch of heavy gauge dual-track railway between Petrie and Kippa-Ring on the Redcliffe peninsula.[1] The new line is part of the QR Citytrain suburban network, branching from the Caboolture line. It starts 200 metres north of Petrie railway station, extending from (27.5 km (17.1 mi) to 40.1 km (24.9 mi) north of Central railway station).



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Clontarf (Moreton Bay - Qld) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Clontarf (entry 45494)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. XXXV (4, 302). Queensland, Australia. 5 March 1881. p. 8. Retrieved 30 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Plan of 108 allotments in the Hayes Inlet Estate, Humpy Bong, county of Stanley, parish of Redcliffe". 1881. hdl:10462/deriv/411997 – via State Library of Queensland. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. XXXVII (7, 700). Queensland, Australia. 15 September 1882. p. 8. Retrieved 30 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Clontarf [Estate], Humpy Bong". 1882. hdl:10462/deriv/252832 – via State Library of Queensland. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph (3, 104). Queensland, Australia. 25 September 1882. p. 4. Retrieved 27 August 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Plan of Clontarf, Redcliffe, Humpy Bong". 1882. hdl:10462/deriv/264337 – via State Library of Queensland. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph (3, 180). Queensland, Australia. 21 December 1882. p. 4. Retrieved 30 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Clontarf Estate". 1882. hdl:10462/deriv/252854 – via State Library of Queensland. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ "Hornibrook Highway Bridge (entry 601246)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  12. ^ Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and the Arts. "Clontarf Beach State High School (SS) : Secondary Enrolments". Schools Directory. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  13. ^ Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and the Arts. "Clontarf Beach State School (SS) : Primary Enrolments". Schools Directory. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  14. ^ Grace Lutheran Primary School (2007). "Our School". Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  15. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  16. ^ 310/N310/315 (PDF) Archived 2007-09-01 at the Wayback Machine (315) timetable, effective 3 September 2007; 690 (PDF) Archived 2007-09-01 at the Wayback Machine, 693/696/697 (PDF) Archived 2007-09-01 at the Wayback Machine (693) and 695 (PDF) Archived 2007-09-01 at the Wayback Machine timetables, effective 20 June 2005. Retrieved on 8 September 2007.

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Coordinates: 27°14′47″S 153°04′58″E / 27.2463°S 153.0827°E / -27.2463; 153.0827