Perched on the southern tip of Brisbane’s Redcliffe Peninsula, on the shores of Bramble Bay, Woody Point developed in the shadow of a significant slice of Queensland history.
In 1799, Matthew Flinders landed on the peninsula, took one look at the colour of the cliffs, and saddled the location with a name that endures to this day.
Twenty-five years on, the peninsula was selected as the site of Queensland’s first penal colony, despite reservations about relocating prisoners to such a beautiful spot. But, within a year the prisoners were moved to a location on the Brisbane River to escape the menace posed by local Aborigines and mosquitoes.
Today Redcliffe's beaches are a favourite Brisbane aquatic playground where city folk and their visitors can swim, sail, fish or lie back and watch the dolphins and, in season, humpback whales cavort in Moreton Bay. Visitors with time and energy on their side can enjoy the scenic sights of Redcliffe and the bay from the vantage point of the 20km cycle track which skirts the coastline.