Exploring Brighton, Queensland

Sometimes, you don’t realise how good your own backyard is and Australia’s Sunny State Queensland, holds a plethora of memorable and simple experiences to treasure, so let’s start with Brighton.

Back in Australia due to COVID, travel overseas has been non-existent since 2020, so the only alternative is to experience home more, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Sandgate, Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

Australia is a vast continent and with an area of 1,727,000 square kilometres, Queensland is “nearly five times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain, and two and a half times the size of Texas”

Queensland, Australia, Oceania

…and, the second largest State in Australia but only with a population of just over 5.25 million. Are these figures mind-boggling?

Shorncliffe, Sandgate, Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

Starting with Brighton, I’d like to share a little about this small suburb that is still relatively unknown to many Brisbanites. Mention Shorncliffe or Sandgate – the first two suburbs before hitting Brighton and going over to the Redcliffe Peninsular – and Brisbanites understand. But, the tide is turning on Brighton as it’s fast becoming a desirable Brisbane suburb.

Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania
Brighton walkway

So, where is Brighton?

Brighton map, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

A northern coastal suburb of Brisbane, Brighton is only an easy 22-kilometre drive along the M1 highway from Brisbane.

What to see?

Picturesque parks grace Brighton, which is mostly known for its long flat walkable Esplanade…

…that continues south to Sandgate and onto Shorncliffe’s Cruising Yacht Club, some 7-plus kilometres long.

Shorncliffe, Sandgate, Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania
Meandering along the explanade

If you’re lucky enough to be in Brighton during February, then participate in the wonderful Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic Street Festival. With a plethora of market stalls, music, and art, this is a fabulous event for everyone.

Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania
Never tire of this view

Brighton Esplanade

Of course, as a lover of the sea, Brighton’s tree-lined esplanade is an absolute favourite to wander and absorb the tranquillity of Moreton Bay – although the wind can quickly whip up seas in the bay.

When the tide is out, it seems to stretch out endlessly and as far as the eye can see – maybe half a kilometre or more…

More views strolling to Sandgate and onto Shorncliffe…

Shorncliffe, Sandgate, Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

Pimelea Reserve (Brighton Wetlands)

Tranquil green zones such as those found in the Pimelea Reserve are an excellent area to relax, enjoy a family picnic, and maybe do some bird spotting while surrounding yourself in nature. Or, just wait a while until the sun descends and unfolds a spectacular vista…

Brighton Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

Did you know?

A few fun facts about Brighton:

  • The Brighton Hotel (local pub), which is located along the busy main street – Beaconsfield Terrace – is believed to be built by David Rowntree Somerset. The hotel was resold a couple of times, before being used as a private home, then as an orphanage in 1893, until becoming a hotel again in 1912.
  • Brighton was named after the Brighton Hotel, which is thought to be named after England’s Brighton in Sussex. Odd naming a suburb after a pub.
  • The Hornibrook Bridge was built in 1935 to connect Brighton with the Redcliffe Peninsular with remnants remaining of the original bridge, which was replaced in 2010 by the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge.
  • The RAAF Air Training School was situated in Brighton’s barracks during WWII between December 1940 and May 1946. Built on reclaimed land, the barracks became Eventide – a large nursing home run by the Queensland Government. To date, controversy surrounds the nursing home, which is on prime seafront land. Greedy developers are dying to get their paws on this valuable land.
Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania
Sunset near the Hornibrook Bridge

Where to eat?

Brighton is a small suburb of only around 10,000 people. A few minutes down the road in the sleepy village of Sandgate, I love revisiting these favourite eating haunts…

Baan Phrai Ya Thai

The Baan Phrai Ya Thai in Brighton offers quite authentic and delicious Thai food, albeit the spiciness isn’t as strong as you can experience in Thailand, understandably. Great service and a super busy restaurant, especially for takeaway meals.

What’s in the Pot?

My absolute favourite out of the adjoining three suburbs – Brighton, Sandgate, and Shorncliffe – What’s in the Pot? in Sandgate serves consistently great food. You can taste the best wood-fired pizzas around in this restaurant and the professional staff are most accommodating.

What's in The Pot?, Pizza, Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania
Divine mouthwatering wood-fired pizza

This is the go-to restaurant to take visiting friends, for special occasions, or just to indulge in delectable authentic Tuscan food. With a second restaurant along the waterfront in the Redcliffe Peninsular, both restaurants are always packed and booking is essential, especially on a Saturday night.

Doug’s Seafood Cafe

Also in Sandgate and along the beautiful seafront, Doug’s Seafood Cafe has existed for decades and does the best fish and chips around, without needing to take out a small mortgage.

Just across from the esplanade, which is lined with parkland, picnic tables, and free council BBQs, enjoy your seafood while watching the sun recede over sparkling and serene Moreton Bay. Open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you don’t want to miss this cafe.

Viet Street Eat

The Viet Street Eat in Sandgate offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine at reasonable prices and great service.

Of course, the menu offers the traditional Pho alongside amazing fresh rice paper rolls and heavenly Banh mi (stuffed bread rolls).

G’day Sushi

Open for a couple of decades (I think), G’day Sushi was re-acquired in 2014 and revamped with bright decor.

Everything is made fresh on the premises including the scrumptious and tasty Sushi but also the yummy hot Japanese meals at inexpensive prices for generous portions. Open 7 days per week (except on public holidays), this great cosy dine-in or takeaway is an obsession and the friendly staff make it a pleasant visit.

Hope you enjoyed this read on the suburb of Brighton and think I’ll publish more on a couple of other coastal Brisbane suburbs.

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Sandgate, Brighton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania
Moonlight dip?

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    1. Haha. It’s high plateau. Nairobi or Addis Abeba can be coldish and grey at times too… Been there. No big deal. You drive down an hour and the sun and heat are there…
      As for taking off again, we’re going to Colombia mid-September, just a few days, some business my wife needs to take care of.
      Still looking for the desert island. Have you got any leads?

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    2. Sounds ideal and you have the best of both worlds.
      Flying? Just for a few days doesn’t sound like a good break. 😉
      Nahhh, think I’ve missed my chance on the deserted island as they’re way over-priced now. Back in 2018/9 wasn’t bad if we sold up everything. Need to wait for a crash, sorry to say. You?

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    3. Well, it’s not really a break, my wife needs to take care of some business issues (taxes etc.) over there, and we’ll stay at her sister’s. So it’s a good opportunity to see the family.
      No luck on the deserted island either… LOL.

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    4. Maybe you can extend the trip a little longer and take in more of the sights. 😉
      I didn’t realise your wife is from Colombia. Would love to return to South America.
      A sad state of affairs when you can’t find an island! 🤣

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    5. Haha! Can’t complain. I “had” an island (almost) when I was a child in Africa… Not sure I’ve written about it. My parents had a small outboard boat, as had many of the Europeans, and we’d all sail to a group of three islands off the coast. About half an hour’s ride. Each family had a “concession” with a yearly rent negotiated with the chief of a small village of African fishermen who lived on the island. The concession had palm partitions with a big table and benches for lunch. We would spend the day swimming, skiing, fishing, then go back before sunset. Sometimes we spent the week-end. Sleeping on the beach… Magic. (I’m a spoiled expat brat. 😉)

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    6. Ah yes, you have and I’m sure I read one of your fascinating posts on this part of your ideal childhood – you were indeed very lucky!
      Ha, ha, I’m not a big fan of the word “expat” but I get where you’re coming from… 😉

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    7. Piano piano si va lontano (or something like that)…;-)
      I’ve been checking your site but haven’t seen any new posts. I’m struggling to write a weekly post with working full time as, after a 45-plus working week at a desk, it’s tough spending more hours writing. C’est la vie…

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  1. Those moon shots are wonderful. You have such fantastic beaches and such a lot of “elbow room”. I knew Australia was vast but when you compare Queensland to Texas, it adds a whole other dimension. I’ve said before how much I liked Australia, often thought I would like to live there.

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    1. Hi, thank you for your kind feedback. These photos were only taken with my Samsung phone but I hope to take more with my Nikon.
      Australia is a vast continent and I still need to explore more of my own backyard. It makes me laugh when people say they can see Australia during a 2-week holiday! 😉


    1. Thank you! It’s not too shabby… 😉
      It always depends on the council at the time and they almost got their hands on this valuable land in 2014 (I think) and residents were going to be moved out to another nursing home, but think it’s in limbo right now until a different council gets in. The problem with Australia is that we like to sell everything off, especially to OS buyers.

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