Shorncliffe is a coastal northern suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the shore of Bramble Bay, an embayment of Moreton Bay. At the 2016 census, the suburb recorded a population of 1,870. The suburb has historically been an attraction within Brisbane due to its historic Shorncliffe pier, and Lovers Walk, a walking path along the coastline between Shorncliffe and neighbouring Sandgate.
Aboriginal people called the area Warra, meaning an expanse of water.
In December 1879, allotments in the Town of Sandgate were auctioned by John Cameron. A map advertising the auction shows allotments bordered by Friday, Yundah and Kate Streets, now in Shorncliffe. A map advertising the auction states the land available was subdivisions 1 to 14, of allotments 8, 9, 10 and part of 7, Sec. 3, Town of Sandgate.
The Sandgate Golf Club commenced in 1921 with the official opening of its 9-hole course on 25 November 1922, having obtained a 21-year lease of the site from the Sandgate Town Council for a nominal rental as the Council believed that the golf course would be of lasting benefit.
In March 2012, the Shorncliffe pier was closed off to the public by the council due to fears of structural failure. It was rebuilt and reopened in April 2016.
Shorncliffe is a popular Brisbane destination due to its coastline, the historical Shorncliffe pier, which is one of the longest recreational piers in Australia, Lovers Walk, a walking track along the coastline between Shorncliffe and neighbouring Sandgate as well as Moora Park and Beach, which includes a dog off-leash beach.
Shorncliffe has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 8 Allpass Parade: Musgrave House
- 20 Wharf Street: former Drew Residence
- 154 Shorncliffe Parade: Saltwood
Shorncliffe includes one primary schools; Shorncliffe State School and one private boys school; St Patrick's College. Both these schools are situated on neighbouring blocks of land to each other.
The Sandgate Golf Club is located in Allpass Parade.
At times Shorncliffe has different festivals, including The Blue Water Festival whereby that start of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race begins from the opening of The Cabbage Tree Creek.
In the 2011 census, the population of Shorncliffe was 1,914, 49.3% female and 50.7% male.
The median age of the Shorncliffe population was 41 years, 4 years above the Australian median.
78% of people living in Shorncliffe were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.6%, New Zealand 5%, Scotland 0.8%, United States of America 0.7%, Ireland 0.7%.
92.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.8% German, 0.5% French, 0.4% Japanese, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Serbian.
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