Settlement Cove Redcliffe
We all know summer in Queensland is hot! So, if you’re looking for a different destination to cool off, why not try Settlement Cove at Redcliffe. It’s perfect for all members of the family, with shallow water for the toddlers, and a graduated depth for the older kids.
A hidden treasure
Redcliffe has long had a reputation for family-friendly events, with the Redcliffe Festival of Sales and Kitefest always popular choices for families. Did you know that Redcliffe is also home to one of Brisbane’s best free beachside lagoons?
Tucked away at the base of the cliffs on the Redcliffe foreshore, Settlement Cove is a popular space for cooling off on a hot day. Catering for the youngest members of the family, there is a designated toddler space which is partially fenced and shaded. With their inquisitive nature, toddlers can check out the mushrooms and climb on the bugs that sprinkle and spray water into the shallow pool. The water depth is perfect for toddlers to wade in and splash about and it has a smooth concrete surface. Mimicking the larger lagoon, it is edged with fibreglass rocks which are great for climbing and balancing on.
The lagoon of Settlement Cove
Surrounded by rocky outcrops and palm trees, overlooking beautiful Moreton Bay, the larger lagoon is a great space for all the family. It has shallow coves suitable for toddlers, with a graduated depth for all ages. In the middle of the lagoon is a rocky island, which children seem to be drawn to.
Challenging one another to see if they can swim to the island, and climbing the rocks is very popular. The pool surface is pebblecrete and the maximum depth is 1.8 meters.
Redcliffe Lagoon on dusk
Designed with the community in mind, there are BBQs, sheltered tables and chairs and shade sails dotted about. At dusk, the lighting comes on. It makes for the perfect place to host family gatherings, children’s parties or simply to meet up with friends for the day. It is suggested that larger groups contact the council, so they can allow for extra lifeguards to be on duty. Bookings cannot be taken.
Settlement Cove playground
Adjacent to the lagoon is a reasonably sized playground which is shaded by the mature trees with a sand base. There are slides, balancing bridges, swings, sand play, climbing walls and a large climbing structure shaped like a jellyfish. Along the seafront is a pathway which extends to Woody Point to the south, and Scarborough Beach to the north.
Local Tips for Settlement Cover
- On a hot day the lagoon can be quite busy, therefore shade is at a premium.
- There are shade sails and solid shelters with table and chairs.
- The area surrounding the pools are astro-turf and concrete. If bringing portable shade shelters, consider lifeguards may ask you to dismantle or move such structures should they block the view of the water or cause inconvenience for other users.
- Settlement Cove is a smoke-free and alcohol-free zone. Glass items are not permitted.
- Dogs may only pass through the area.
How to find the cove
The car park entrance is located off the round-a-bout on the corner of Anzac Avenue and Marine and Redcliffe Parades. From there is it a 250-metre flat walk along a concrete path. Street parking can also be found along Redcliffe Parade, however, it is closed for markets on Sunday mornings. Access to the lagoon from Redcliffe Parade is via stairs or a ramp. During the summer months, the car park fills quickly.
Entry to the water is via a gradual slope, stairs with hand rails or a ramp with hand rails. There is a wheelchair available for loan, however, a carer must be available to assist.
When are the lifeguards on duty?
Qualified lifeguards are on duty from 7:00am until 6:00pm seven days per week. On Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day and the summer school holidays lifeguards will be on duty until 8:00pm.
- Large lagoon for all ages – wheelchair accessible
- Designated toddler splash zone – partially shaded
- Wheelchair available for use
- Qualified lifeguards on duty during specified times
- 4 BBQs
- Toilets and showers
- Picnic shelters
- Shade Sails
- Astroturf and concrete surroundings
- Kids playground
- Shared zone bikeway from Woody Point to Scarborough
Redcliffe and Settlement Cove
Settlement Cove is located on Redcliffe Parade and one of the many family-friendly areas on the Redcliffe peninsular. There are numerous parks and playgrounds along the foreshore, most of them have BBQs, fantastic playgrounds and access to the water. Our personal favourite is Scarborough with its recently installed jumping pillow, however below is a list of the most notable in the area.
Pelican Park on the Hornibrook Esplanade at Clontarf Suttons Beach Playground on Marine Parade at Redcliffe Crockatt Park on Oxley Avenue at Woody Point Scarborough Beach Park on Landsborough Avenue at Scarborough