When most Brisbane families think about spending the day at the beach, heading to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast would usually be their first choice.
The beautiful beaches on each coast are a big draw card, but it also means a long drive and the very probable chance of being caught in terrible traffic, which quickly turns a great day into a frustrating one.
A great alternative to battling the freeways is just north of the city at Margate!
Soft sand and safe swimming is waiting for you.
There is plenty of parking right on the beachfront and if you arrive mid morning you will probably be able to score a nice shady spot up on the grass with a million dollar view and protection from the sun.
Unlike the more popular beaches close by like Redcliffe and Scarborough, it always seems to be relatively quiet at Margate Beach, but you don’t miss out on a single thing.
Pack a picnic, add a chilled bottle of wine and you will be set for the day.
If you love fish and chips or a great burger, Red Dolphin Seafoods is right on the main street facing the beach and has really good fresh food, coffee and ice creams.
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Take a walk along the beach to the southern end and admire the lovely waterfront properties that have backyards the butt right on to the beach.
If you take some sturdy shoes with you, enjoy exploring the rock pools and take a fishing rod as well if you would like to try and catch your dinner.
There are BBQ facilities if you want to cook your catch straight away.
Margate Beach is 26 km North East of Brisbane City and offers beautiful views of Moreton Bay.
You can watch the planes fly in and out of Brisbane and you might ever see a cruise ship just sail on by.
Margate Village Shopping Centre is close by with a supermarket, chemist etc. incase you leave something important at home.
The next time the kids are driving you stir-crazy at home, pack up the family and head to the beach. No need to battle the traffic and you can leave the surf boards at home.
Let the kids swim and run to their hearts content and they are guaranteed to sleep well that night.
Do you ever go to local Brisbane beaches?
Which is your favourite?
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