Scarborough QLD: Where Coastal Charm Meets Vibrant Living

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Written By Tara Tyrrell

Scarborough on the Redcliffe Peninsula is the perfect escape for beach lovers, families, and anyone yearning for a slice of paradise. With its stunning beaches, friendly faces, and laid-back lifestyle, Scarborough quickly feels like home.

Join us on a tour of Scarborough, and find out why it’s becoming one of Queensland’s most sought-after coastal destinations. We’re pretty sure once you get a taste of Scarborough living, you’ll be hooked!

Scarborough at a Glance

  • Local Government: Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Postcode: 4020
  • Population: 9,178 (2021)
  • Location: Nestled at the northernmost tip of the Redcliffe Peninsula, around 40km northeast of Brisbane CBD
  • History: Originally inhabited by the Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) and the Ningy Ningy people (Ningi Ningi, Ninghi Ninghi), part of the Undambi people
  • Healthcare: The suburb is within easy reach of the Redcliffe Hospital, providing residents with access to a wide range of health services.
  • Scarborough Real Estate: Known for its beautiful beachside properties, Scarborough boasts a variety of real estate options.

Why You Should Move to Scarborough

There’s never a dull moment in Scarborough QLD!

Wake up to the sound of waves and start your morning with a walk along the scenic esplanade; it’s the best way to kickstart your day. Grab your caffeine fix from one of our quirky cafes – each with its own unique flair and tasty brews and enjoy the ocean views as you sip away.

If you’re a fan of the outdoors, Scarborough Beach Park is an absolute must-visit. It’s not just about the beach; there are playgrounds, BBQ areas, and plenty of green space for picnics or a game of cricket. And when the day winds down, why not cap it off with some fresh seafood from one of the local eateries? You’ll find a great choice that are highly recommended for their fish and chips.

For the adventurers among us, sailing and fishing opportunities abound in the waters off Scarborough. Join a local club or charter a boat for the day – either way, you’re in for a treat.

Scarborough is all you need. If you’re looking for a lifestyle that combines the relaxation of coastal living with the buzz of a tight-knit community, moving to Scarborough is a no-brainer.

Shops and Places to Eat

We’ve got a little bit of everything here in Scarborough, with plenty of shopping options in the area, including:

  • Peninsula Fair Shopping Centre: Located in nearby Kippa-Ring, this centre offers a variety of stores, from national retailers to unique local boutiques, alongside cinema entertainment and a diverse food court.
  • Bluewater Square Redcliffe: A small centre with a mix of essentials, including chemist, nail salon, bottleshop and grocery store.
  • Westfield North Lakes: A bit further afield, but worth the trip for an extensive shopping experience. Home to hundreds of stores, including major department stores, supermarkets, designer brands, and a wide array of dining options.
  • Woody Point Shopping Centre / Woody Point Marketplace provide locals and visitors with convenient access to a variety of goods and services all in one place, making everyday errands a breeze.

Cafés and Eateries

  • Drift Coffee: Your go-to for that perfect morning pick-me-up, serving up robust blends and a side of sea breeze.
  • Bazil&Co: Where the coffee is as rich as the conversations, and the breakfast and lunch menu keeps you coming back for more.
  • Café 3 eight nine: A little café in Scarborough where every meal feels like a feast among friends.
  • Good Company: Where good food meets great company, right here in the heart of Scarborough.
  • Sea Salt and Vine: Craving seafood? This spot offers the freshest catch alongside views that are just as delightful.
  • The Boat Shed Scarborough: For those who love their coffee with a view, this is your haven.
  • Valori Espresso: Where every sip tells a story of passion and every pastry is a piece of art.
  • Ballycara Coffee Bar: A hidden gem that promises a warm cup and an even warmer welcome.
  • Anchorage Bakery Café: Your sweet tooth will thank you, with pastries and bread that are baked to perfection.

Restaurants and More

  • Pizza Nomads: Bringing a slice of heaven to Scarborough, one pizza at a time.
  • Gateau and Co: Authentic French patisserie, ideal for those special moments or just because.
  • Morgans Seafood Market & Takeaway: The go-to destination for seafood aficionados looking for the day’s freshest haul.
  • Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co: Craft beer lovers, rejoice! Your search for the perfect pint ends here.
  • Bay Boats: Famous for great home made burgers, fantastic fish and chips, a huge variety of ice cream.


When it comes to finding a place to call home, Scarborough has a coastal vibe with a dash of charm, featuring everything from airy beachfront apartments to secluded homes nestled amongst leafy streets.

The market here is as varied as our beautiful sunsets, offering something for every stage of life and budget. The median price reflects the area’s desirability, standing at $962,500 for houses and $705,000 for units, while rental rates hover around $600 per week for houses and $530 for units, providing opportunities for both homeowners and renters to enjoy this picturesque slice of paradise. Lot sizes for homes vary, with the average on the market today between 400m2 and 700m2.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking for a starter home or you’re searching for a spacious home to fit the whole family (and then some), Scarborough has something for you.


Living in paradise is one thing, but we all need to make a living, right? Scarborough’s employment landscape is vibrant and the local economy thrives on tourism, hospitality, and the arts. There are always opportunities for those passionate about creating unforgettable experiences or crafting culinary delights.

Thanks to our growing community and nearby facilities, there’s also a demand for professionals in healthcare, education, and retail. If you can’t find the job you want in Scarborough or nearby suburbs, don’t worry. The commute to Brisbane City is pretty easy so if you don’t mind the long public transport rides, you’ll find work quite easily closer to the CBD.

And for the entrepreneurs among us, Scarborough is a fertile ground for new ventures, especially those that tap into our unique coastal lifestyle or cater to the needs of our friendly locals.


In Scarborough, education is a top priority, and our local schools and childcare centres reflect that.

For the tiny tots and toddlers, Scarborough offers several childcare and kindergarten options, and primary school options are also abundant in Scarborough and surrounding suburbs. Some of the main choices include:

  • Kids Capers Childcare
  • Scarborough Primary School, including Outside School Hours Care
  • Southern Cross Catholic College


  • Goodstart Early Learning Redcliffe
  • Little Muffins Family Daycare
  • Grace Creche & Kindergarten
  • Sesame Lane Care
  • C&K Anne Shearer Kindergarten
  • Hercules Road State School
  • Redcliffe Special School

For the older kids, Scarborough doesn’t disappoint with its secondary and tertiary education options, including:

  • Southern Cross Catholic College (Prep to yr12)
  • Australian Trade College
  • TAFE Qld Redcliffe

When considering local schools, remember to go to their Open Day to see if it feels right for your family. And if you are looking to buy a home in the area, check the catchment area of that house for the local state schools.


The weather in Scarborough is pretty much what you’d expect from a slice of coastal paradise! Think sunny days, gentle breezes, and the kind of weather that makes every day feel like a holiday.

Summers here are glorious, with temperatures of 22°C to 29°C – perfect for hitting the beach, enjoying a barbecue, or simply lounging in the sun with a good book. Yes, it can get warm, but that’s just another excuse to indulge in an extra scoop of ice cream or take a dip in the ocean.

Winters, on the other hand, are mild and just as delightful averaging 11°C to 21°C. It’s the season for warm cups of coffee, scenic walks along the beach, and enjoying the outdoors without the summer heat.

Getting There and Around

Scarborough’s location on the Redcliffe Peninsula means you’re always well-connected, whether you’re commuting for work or setting off on a weekend adventure.

To Brisbane CBD: About 40km north-northeast of Brisbane’s city centre, Scarborough gives you easy access to urban amenities. A drive to the CBD usually takes around 45 minutes via the M1, making it feasible for those daily commutes or spontaneous city explorations.

To the Sunshine Coast: For beach enthusiasts or those seeking a scenic getaway, the Sunshine Coast is just a drive away, around 85km north of Scarborough. Plan for a trip that takes a bit over an hour along the M1.

Public Transport

Scarborough might feel like a world away from the urban hustle, but it’s well connected by public transport:

  • Buses: With several routes crisscrossing the area, public buses make navigating between Scarborough, surrounding suburbs, and even Brisbane a breeze.
  • Train: While Scarborough itself doesn’t have a train station, the nearby Kippa-Ring station links you directly to Brisbane and beyond. It’s just a short bus ride away, making it an easy option for longer journeys or daily commutes to the city.

Head to Translink to check the local train and bus times.

Things to Do and See Around Scarborough

Scarborough is like a treasure chest of activities, restaurants, cafes, parks and more. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in the suburb and surrounds.

A Nature Lover’s Paradise

  • Nature Tree Tunnel: Take a stroll through this mesmerising natural tunnel, where the branches and leaves create a lush canopy overhead.
  • Jamieson Park: A picturesque spot that’s perfect for picnics, with wide-open spaces and breathtaking views of Moreton Bay.
  • Thurecht Park: Loved by locals, this park offers a serene escape with its beautifully landscaped gardens and peaceful ambience.
  • Blue Park: With its unique blue-themed playground, Blue Park is a hit with the kids and the young at heart.
  • Scarborough Beach: No visit to Scarborough is complete without a day at the beach. It has soft sand and crystal-clear waters. So, it’s the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, or just taking a leisurely walk along the shore.
  • Scarborough Park: A oasis that’s ideal for families, featuring playgrounds, BBQ facilities, and plenty of shade for those sunny days.
  • Scarborough Fishing Platform: Cast a line and relax as you enjoy the scenic views and maybe even catch dinner!
  • Scarborough Marina: Boasting a stunning array of boats and yachts, the marina is not just a place to admire the vessels; it also offers sailing lessons and boat hires for those looking to venture onto the waves.
  • Moreton Bay Boat Club: Whether you’re in the mood for dining with a view, trying your hand at sailing, or simply enjoying a drink with friends, the boat club is the place to be.

Exploring Further Afield

  • Redcliffe Museum: Just a short drive away, immerse yourself in the rich history of the Redcliffe Peninsula at this fascinating museum. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon learning about the area’s past.
  • Bee Gees Way: Pay tribute to the musical legends in nearby Redcliffe. This outdoor museum celebrates the Bee Gees’ incredible career with memorabilia, photographs, and a nightly light show set to their music.
  • Settlement Cove Lagoon: Another gem in Redcliffe, this man-made lagoon offers a safe, family-friendly place to swim, complete with picnic areas and playgrounds.

Thinking About Other Places Near Scarborough?

Because we’re locals, we have great insider tips on all the suburbs in our ‘hood. Our neighbours are pretty awesome, too.

Redcliffe QLD: The Coastal Gem of the Peninsula

Nestled on the Redcliffe Peninsula and stretching into Moreton Bay, lies the seaside suburb of Redcliffe. With its sandy beaches, family-friendly atmosphere, and easy access to Moreton Island, the suburb offers a relaxed coastal vibe and is perfect for anyone wanting to live close to Queensland’s capital city, but still wants a coastal lifestyle.

Find out more about moving to Redcliffe here.

Margate is Magic for Families

To the south is Margate, also with great beaches and parks. Highly sought after housing and a wonderful small-town vibe and only minutes from Redcliffe.

Find out more about moving to Margate here.

Woody Point QLD: Your Gateway to Relaxation and Adventure

With its relaxed vibes and picturesque shores, Woody Point is a tranquil paradise on the city’s edge. Enjoy seaside strolls and fresh seafood delights. Ready to make Woody Point QLD your home? Don’t hesitate!

Find out more about moving to Woody Point here.

Sensational Seaside Lifestyle for all the Family, That’s Clontarf! 

Clontarf QLD is the perfect area for families and beach-lovers in general. It’s also ideal for those seeking a slice (or more) of increasingly rarified coastal real estate (yes, there are still houses for sale) located just outside of Greater Brisbane’s confines.

Find out more about moving to Clontarf here.

You Can’t Go Past Kippa Ring for Family Convenience

Discover family-friendly Kippa Ring, the heart of Moreton Bay Peninsula with top amenities, schools, shopping, and beaches.

Find out more about moving to Kippa-Ring here.

Scarborough is Your Seaside Dream Come True

With its beautiful beaches, fun-filled family parks, and vibrant marine life, Scarborough has something for everyone. Living here gives you access to the rare blend of natural beauty, serene lifestyle, and community warmth. Life moves at the pace of the tides, always bringing something new and exciting to discover.

Whether you’re here for the adventure or the relaxation, one thing is for sure – Scarborough is your seaside dream come true. See you soon!

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