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Sandgate, Queensland

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This vibrant and historic seaside village continues to be popular with daytrippers thanks to its relaxed vibe, cute cafes, kitsch small bars, and coastal fun. The architectural beauty of both civic and residential buildings throughout Sandgate makes this coastal village one of Moreton Bay's heritage showpieces. Sandgate, located below the Redcliffe peninsula, was a popular seaside destination for Brisbane's colonial settlers in the late 1800s. Its rich historical past is a feature of the area today, with many homes and buildings reflecting the classic architectural styles of this bygone era. Take the opportunity to walk Sangate's Historical Trail featuring Sandgate Post Office, Railway Station and Pier and the famous clock at the Town Hall. Sunset over the Shorncliffe Pier is an absolute must, this 350 metre-long pier has stood since it was finished in 1884 is popular for morning jogs or evening strolls. Ordering fish 'n' chip from one of the bayside's many classic takeaway spots and making a picnic by the water is an excellent alternative. Sandgate is renowned for its thriving artistic and cultural community with many local theatre groups, artists, and musicians living and performing in the area. It's easy to catch live music in the area's small, trendy bars a few nights every week. The annual Bluewater Festival held over the Easter weekend in Lower Moora Park - Shorncliffe, attracts many visitors to watch the offshore start of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. Nature lovers come to Sandgate to enjoy the mangrove, marine life sanctuaries and protected environmental parklands of Tinchi Tamba, Deagon and Boondall located to the west and south. Take a walk through the Boondall Wetlands and view the incredibly diverse birdlife.