Overview of the 4017

Sandgate and surrounds

Nestled beside Sandgate and sharing its 4017 postcode are the lovely bayside suburbs of Shorncliffe and Brighton, with Deagon and Bracken Ridge bordering the south-western perimeters. The population is approximately 35,811 (2011 Census).

Sandgate by the bayAccess to the main arterial roads is only a few minutes away with the Gateway Motorway taking you to Brisbane International and Domestic Airports, south to the Gold Coast and interstate or north to the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Sandgate Road leads straight into the City or links with roads to surrounding suburbs. The area is also well serviced by rail and bus.

The approximate longitude is 153.07068681 and latitude is 27.32026078. Overall the area covers approximately 25sqkm with 24 parks covering 12.8%. Additional statistics can be sourced from relevant websites.

Much of the area is within walking distance to the Bramble Bay foreshore, which is bordered by Hayes Inlet to the north and Cabbage Tree Creek to the south. Among the many attractions are the magnificent sunrises and moonrises over the water and the world class views across to Moreton Island.

Despite being just 16kms from Brisbane’s CBD, the charming coastal village of Sandgate with its small town community vibe is one of Moreton Bay’s heritage showcases.

Sandgate VillageWithin our community we have the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), Community Garden, Girl Guides, Scouts, Sandgate Community Centre, Sandbag, Sandgate RSL Club, Men’s Shed, Sandgate and Brighton Bowls Clubs, Sandgate Golf Club, Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Sandgate Yacht Club. Senior citizens are well-catered for with Sandgate Senior Citizen’s Club,

Sandgate Pensioners and Superannuants League, Blue Care, Meals on Wheels, Legacy Care, Community Health and a number of Aged Care facilities. Other clubs include Apex, Rotary, Lions, Zonta, Probus and Quota. Sporting clubs include swimming, cricket, soccer, Sandgate’s main shopping precinct is in Brighton Road and Lagoon Street encircling the Einbunpin Lagoon and Parklands, which provide a picturesque and traditional setting with friendly and convenient service for all members of the local community.

Everything is here: doctors, pharmacies, vets, dentists, lawyers/solicitors, district courthouse, post office, newsagents, all major banks, real estate agents, haberdashery, two major supermarkets, major hardware store, x-ray and blood services, dress shops, jewellers, hardware, travel agents, hairdressers and florists.

Enjoy a leisurely morning coffee, afternoon tea or lunch at one of Sandgate’s quality eating establishments and, with ample parking facilities, you will never have to walk too far. You may prefer to venture down one of the avenues to the foreshore where you can soak up the breathtaking water views from a selection of eateries, or from your own shady picnic spot.

More shopping and eating options can be found at Brighton North, Brighton Shopping Village or the Deagon Market Square. Larger shopping centres such as Centro Taigum, Centro Toombul, Westfield Chermside, Westfield Strathpine or Westfield North Lakes are all within 15 minutes drive; and there are several shopping strips and corner stores in handy locations.

sandgate activitiesWithin our community we have the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), Community Garden, Girl Guides, Scouts, Sandgate Community Centre, Sandbag, Sandgate RSL Club, Men’s Shed, Sandgate and Brighton Bowls Clubs, Sandgate Golf Club, Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Sandgate Yacht Club.

Senior citizens are well-catered for with Sandgate Senior Citizen’s Club, Sandgate Pensioners and Superannuants League, Blue Care, Meals on Wheels, Legacy Care, Community Health and a number of Aged Care facilities.

Other clubs include Apex, Rotary, Lions, Zonta, Probus and Quota. Sporting clubs include swimming, cricket, soccer, Aussie rules, rugby league, softball, baseball, golf, bowls, squash, karate, tennis, Zumba and ballroom dancing. Deagon is home to the Junior Tennis Association.

For the artistically inclined, there’s a strong community arts group called Artrageous, with Mancini Art Gallery and Studio Cafe in Deagon, Shorncliffe Potters and Sandgate Art Society all very active.

Quilters, sewing groups, needlework or knitting groups can often be spied meeting in one of the many coffee shops around the area. Just ask around, someone is sure to know who meets where and when

A train journey of approximately 30 minutes will transport you to Brisbane’s CBD from Shorncliffe, Sandgate or Deagon.

Council buses run throughout Brighton to Sandgate Railway Station and on to the City, as well as servicing other parts of the 4017 district. The local favourite is ‘The Wiz’, a ‘hail me’ bus that does the Brighton, Sandgate, Shorncliffe circuit, but you’ll have to be quick to catch it!

Sandgate is home to Cross Country Tours, a national touring bus company who specialise in day trips and longer excursions for the over 50s. Check out their comprehensive tour itinerary on www.crosscountrytours.com.au or call 3869 7444.

WE'RE PROUD OF OUR HISTORY

Historically…

Sandgate historySandgate has a rich Aboriginal heritage. The countryside was known as ‘Moora’ or ‘Warra” meaning ‘open sheet of water’. The abundant food resources of Bramble Bay, the lagoons, mangroves and bushlands were vital to the well-being of the first residents.

The early European pioneers persevered and eventually established a settlement on the traditional Aboriginal campsites. The bridging of Cabbage Tree Creek in 1861 made the area more accessible to visitors using the daily coach service from Brisbane. Land became available from 1853 and the area was named Sandgate after a coastal town in Kent, England.

The opening of the railway line in May 1882 drew holiday-makers and day trippers from Brisbane on steam trains. By the time the town of Sandgate was proclaimed in 1902 it had become a popular seaside resort with associated attractions including sailing regattas and, from the 1940’s, the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, a tradition that is still a highlight on its annual events calendar.

When the Hornibrook Bridge (and later the Houghton Highway) together with the increasing use of privately-owned cars, allowed holiday-makers to travel further afield, Sandgate was bypassed for many years. However, in recent years, it has been rediscovered for its charm and character, and offers residents and visitors a diverse natural beauty and a rich heritage by the seaside.

The fact is, Sandgate and surrounds has grown to become one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, and many visitors never want to leave!

postcards sandgateFascinating tales of times past had whet our appetite to find how best we could ensure that the wealth of history within the local area would be embraced by future generations.

In 2006 our search began and the 2nd Avenue Realty team set about designing six postcards depicting this rich history. Over many cups of coffee, a slogan was created for each card and since that time they’ve become so popular that we’ve had to do two re-prints!

When we relocated our office in 2009 to bigger premises on the corner of Second Avenue and Cliff Street, Sandgate, we seized the opportunity to add life-sized historical murals to our windows facing Cliff Street – which just happens to be on the Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive! We have since moved to 10 Second Avenue, but we are still extremely proud of our murals and they attract many positive comments from passers by.

At this time we used these same images to create three more postcards to add to our collection.

We hope that you enjoy our postcards and murals. If you would like a free set of postcards to send to someone, or another set for yourself, please don’t hesitate to pop into the office.

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