Margate, Queensland

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Population7,405 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
RegionSouth East Queensland
State electorate(s)Redcliffe
Federal Division(s)Petrie
Suburbs around Margate:
Kippa-Ring Redcliffe Moreton Bay
Clontarf Margate Moreton Bay
Clontarf Woody Point Moreton Bay

Margate is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region in the east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 26 kilometres (16 mi) north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia.

Attractions and features[edit]

Entrance to Margate Beach

Margate Beach, a 2 km redeveloped stretch spanning the length of the suburb, features a timber boardwalk, viewing shelters and seating, and barbecue facilities, with views to Moreton Island over sandy beaches and Moreton Bay. The redeveloped boardwalk was completed in 2002 in a bid to beautify the area. The boardwalk covers the original cement steps to Margate Beach which are still visible and in use further down the waterfront at Suttons Beach, Redcliffe.

The Margate CBD underwent a $6M major redevelopment[2] aimed at modernising the shopping precinct, making the area more attractive and comfortable, and a distinctive centre with a strong identity. It was completed in November 2007. Margate's urban centre, known as Margate Village is home to a string of retail and commercial businesses including a local shopping centre which is anchored by a Woolworths & Terry White Chemists.

Margate Village provides the higher order retail and commercial role of a centre serving mainly Redcliffe City residents, in comparison to other urban villages in Redcliffe City. Currently, Margate has a building height restriction of six storeys in zoned areas along Duffield Road towards Margate Beach.


In the 2011 census, Margate recorded a population of 7,008 people, 52% female and 48% male.

The median age of the Margate population was 42 years, 5 years above the national median of 37.

72% of people living in Margate were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.6%, New Zealand 5.9%, Scotland 0.9%, Germany 0.7%, Philippines 0.6%.

89.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% German, 0.4% French, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Italian, 0.3% Samoan.


Almost 800 students are enrolled at the local primary school, Humpybong State School, a heritage listed school which first opened in 1876. The school superseded two previous schools and was ideally situated, then, in the centre of the Peninsula's coastal development.[3]


The Redcliffe heritage designer-builder Alex Smith constructed a number of buildings in Margate. The last remaining officially recognized construction in Margate by Alex Smith is the Waltzing Matilda Motel which is currently under demolition to be redeveloped into a four level hotel overlooking Margate Beach & Moreton Bay.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Margate (Qld) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Redcliffe City Council (2006). "Redcliffe City Council Annual Report 2005/2006" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  3. ^ "Humpybong State School (SS) : Primary Enrolments". Schools Directory. Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Retrieved 2007-07-27.

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Coordinates: 27°14′35″S 153°06′09″E / 27.2430°S 153.1025°E / -27.2430; 153.1025