Shorncliffe, Queensland

Brisbane, Queensland

Shorncliffe at night
Population 1,914 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4017
Area 1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Location 19 km (12 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Sandgate
Federal Division(s) Lilley
Suburbs around Shorncliffe:
Sandgate Moreton Bay
Deagon Shorncliffe
Boondall Boondall Nudgee Beach

Shorncliffe is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is situated northeast of Brisbane and is the neighbouring suburb of Sandgate. The suburb comes under the jurisdiction of the Brisbane City Council. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 1,914.[1]

It is a small community with a village atmosphere. 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.

Aboriginals called the area Warra, meaning an expanse of water.[2]


Sandgate Golf Club foundation committee, 1921

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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

Heritage listings

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


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.

Shorncliffe also includes one railway station, which is the terminus of the Shorncliffe railway line.

The Sandgate Golf Club is located in Allpass Parade.[10]


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.


  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Shorncliffe (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. Gregory, Helen; Dianne Mclay (2010). Building Brisbane's History: Structure, Sculptures, Stories and Secrets. Warriewood, New South Wales: Woodslane Press. p. 150. ISBN 9781921606199.
  3. "Sandgate Golf Club". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. "GOLF.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 11 November 1922. p. 17. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  5. "GOLF.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 18 November 1922. p. 17. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  6. Johnston, Bill (5 April 2016). "Shorncliffe Pier opens with glaring spelling error". Quest Community Newspapers. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  7. "Musgrave House (entry 601499)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  8. "Drew Residence (former) (entry 602024)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  9. "Saltwood (entry 600291)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  10. "Contact Us". Sandgate Golf Club. Retrieved 23 October 2014.

Coordinates: 27°19′37″S 153°04′44″E / 27.327°S 153.079°E / -27.327; 153.079

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