We’re very spoilt for choice when it comes to daytrip destinations from Brisbane. But you don’t have to travel far to find a little gem of a spot, just 20 minutes in fact, and you’ll reach the bayside villages of Sandgate and Shorncliffe. There are plenty of treasures to discover here in a day or a weekend.
The pretty seaside village of Sandgate has been luring day-trippers for over 130 years. It’s a town rich in history – with beautiful old houses and building dotting the streets, many of which are filled with an eclectic assortment of shops, cafes and boutiques.
The iconic roundabout next to the Town Hall is a popular spot for a brew, a bite or a browse. But venture around the corner onto Rainbow Street and you’ll find a pot of gold.
Old Favourites is a treasure trove of farmhouse, country-style and vintage homewares, as well as vintage furniture which has been lovingly restored by owner Rachel. The shop is located inside a 100-year-old shed, and the original building next door has also been given a new lease on life. Some of you may remember this corner as the old convenience store…now you’ll find The Wired Owl – a popular spot for locals to get their caffeine fix, and the newly renovated Saltwater Café is a great place for a bite on any daytrip.
Sandgate and Shorncliffe have retained a quaint village charm, and it’s the perfect place to relive the simple seaside holidays of old.
You’ll certainly feel like you’ve stepped back in time at Rewind Mid-Century, in Shorncliffe. The store is full of gorgeous, original mid-century (50’s-70’s) furniture, that Collette and her husband James have re-upholstered and restored to its former glory. Collette and James spend the week restoring the pieces, then upload the five or six new items to Instagram and bring them out into the showroom every Friday. Visitors can also pop in and pick out an unrestored piece from the warehouse, then choose a piece of fabric for their own customs design.
It’s only fitting that this place is tucked away in the old fisherman’s co-op building on Sinbad Street. It’s certainly what you’d call a hidden gem…and it happens to be next door to another…
Fishing boats have been collecting the delicious treasures of Moreton Bay for over a century, but not many people know that you can still buy the fresh catch of the day straight from the trawlers, at wholesale prices. This could be one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets.
Lucinda Bay is one of the trawlers open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday and has recently been taken over by the lovely girls who own local restaurant Saltwater.
Jo-Anne is another popular trawler – they head out past Moreton Island, offshore for 4 days to bring back the freshest ocean catch. Apparently, people come from all over Brisbane for their prawns, bugs and crabs.
Jo-Anne Premium Seafood is open to the public every Friday to Sunday (but the tip is to get in early Friday, or check their Facebook for updates). You’ll find a few other trawlers dotted along Sinbad Street, so why not plan a visit as part of your daytrip to Shorncliffe & Sandgate. Enjoy some fresh prawns at the beach by the pier – that’s what we call a Great Day Out.