This is a particularly scenic and easy walk or ride of about 6km return (1 to 1.5 hr walk and a 40 min to 1 hr ride), passing through a myriad of waterfront picnic spots and playgrounds on its way to the historical jetty at Shorncliffe. Travellers by train see no.3 below.
1. Park in the vicinity of Eight Avenue to commence the walk/ride by the Sandgate Swimming Pool on Flinders Parade. From here the cotton tree lined esplanade path heads south along the historical seafront stretch of Sandgate, with many of the grand Queenslanders, including Meridian, restored to their former glory and shops and eateries dotted along the way.
At the base of Shorncliffe’s cliffs is nestled the gothic white timber Sandgate Baptist Church which has graced the spot since 1887. Young children may be running out of puff here but those who venture on around the cliff base will find a sheltered little beach with grassy dunes and a playground and picnic shelters adjacent to the historical c1867 Shorncliffe Pier, with the famed sand dunes of Moreton Island across the bay.
From here either link up with the Shorncliffe Walk or return to the start.
2. As an equally splendid tag-on to the end of this walk, follow Flinders Parade from the pool all the way through Brighton to Decker Park at the base of the Hornibrook Highway. It may lack the playgrounds and facilities but is just as lovely. This will add around 6km return to the journey.
3. Arrivals by Train - Travellers will need to take a slightly different route than those arriving by car. Head into the quaint town square with its heritage listed old town hall and take a left into Brighton Parade, passing the Einbunpin Lagoon and turn right opposite the Sacred Heart Primary School into Sixth Avenue. This leads to Flinders Parade on the seafront.
Turn right here and follow the Esplanade path to the gothic little white church at the base of Shorncliffe’s cliffs and follow it onwards along the sea to the Shorncliffe Pier.
From here take the bitumen path up the hill into the upper reaches of Moora Park and follow Shorncliffe Parade around the headland and down hill to the more secluded Cabbage Tree Creek front Allpass Parade. Don't miss the oportunity to check out the amazing retro furnture emporium Rewind Mid-century in the old Fisherman's Co-op. A few hundred metres past the jetty take a right into Friday St and left to Railway Pde where Shorncliffe Station is situated. A little way beyond the station at Kate St is Olga's at Shorncliffe, a quirky cafe and high tea venue in an old corner shop.
For more information see the Shorncliffe Walk.
For the super keen, in the park north of the town centre is a map showing the location of those first settlement buildings around town.