Margate, Queensland

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Margate is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°14′35″S 153°06′09″E / 27.2430°S 153.1025°E / -27.2430; 153.1025Coordinates: 27°14′35″S 153°06′09″E / 27.2430°S 153.1025°E / -27.2430; 153.1025
Population7,405 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,850/km2 (7,380/sq mi)
Area2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
RegionSouth East Queensland
State electorate(s)Redcliffe
Federal division(s)Petrie
Suburbs around Margate:
Kippa-Ring Redcliffe Redcliffe
Clontarf Margate Moreton Bay
Clontarf Woody Point Moreton Bay

Margate is a coastal suburb on the Redcliffe Peninsula, and, along with neighbouring coastal suburbs on the Redcliffe Peninsula, is a popular recreational destination for the South East Queensland. Margate was formerly part of the City of Redcliffe, although in 2008 became part of the amalgamated Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Margate had a population of 7,405 people.[1]


Margate is in the east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 30.8 kilometres (19.1 mi) by road north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia.


Humpybong Provisional School opened on 1 February 1876 in a site on Elizabeth Avenue near Duffield Road.[3] In 1878 a new school building was erected close to the original site.[4]

The Beaconsfield Estate, Humpy Bong was advertised to be auctioned circa 1880. J. H. Henzell & Co were the auctioneers and there were 64 subdivided allotments on offer. The estate was on Beaconsfield Street, very close to the Esplanade.[5]

In September 1883, 124 subdivided allotments of Dover Estate were advertised to be auctioned by David Love Auctioneer. A map advertising the auction shows that the estate is midway between Scott's Point and Redcliffe Point with a long frontage to the Main Coast Road.[6]

In April 1889, 69 subdivided allotments of McCulloch's Beach Estate were advertised to be auctioned by G. T. Bell Auctioneer. A map advertising the auction shows that the estate was on McCulloch's Avenue and very close to the Esplanade.[7][8]

In 1909 Humpybong Provisional School was merged with Redcliffe State School and relocated to a more central site where it continued to be called Humpybong State School.[3]

In January 1933, 21 subdivided allotments of Parry-Okeden Estate were advertised to be auctioned by the auctioneers Isles, Love & Col and E. H. Decker acting in conjunction. A map advertising the auction shows that the estate was 1 minute from Margate Beach.[9][10]

Margate Baptist Mission Church opened on Saturday 23 May 1936.[11][12] The congregation of the Sandgate Baptist Church purchased land in Margate and then relocated their church hall to the site and renovated it.[13][14]

Humpybong Infants State School was split from Humpybong State School on 24 August 1959 but was closed on 12 December 1997 and re-integrated back into the state school.[3][4][15]

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.[citation needed]

In the 2016 census, Margate had a population of 7,405 people.[1]


Humpybong State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Ernest Street (27°14′46″S 153°06′31″E / 27.2462°S 153.1087°E / -27.2462; 153.1087 (Humpybong State School)).[16][17] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 749 students with 59 teachers (53 full-time equivalent) and 48 non-teaching staff (29 full-time equivalent).[18][19] It includes a special education program.[16][20]

There are no secondary schools in Margate. The nearest secondary schools are Redcliffe State High School to the north in neighbouring Redcliffe and Clontarf Beach State High School to the west in neighbouring Clontarf.[21]


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.[citation needed]

The Margate CBD underwent a $6M major redevelopment[22] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 was the Waltzing Matilda Motel. The Waltzing Matilda Motel was recently demolished and a 4-storey luxury apartment building was constructed on the plot of land replacing it. A number of Contemporary-style buildings have also been constructed in Margate, giving it a completely different look compared to what it looked like a few years ago. In 2019-2021, many older buildings were getting demolished to create more modern buildings and houses along Oxley Avenue and nearby streets.

Barry Bolton Park is at 160 Victoria Avenue. It is named after Barry Bolton, a former mayor of the City of Redcliffe.[23][24]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Margate (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Margate – suburb in Moreton Bay Region (entry 45448)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  4. ^ a b "Past students". Humpybong State School. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Beaconsfield, Humpy Bong : being portion 186, Parish of Redcliffe". c. 1880. hdl:10462/deriv/389674. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Plan of Dover". 8 September 1883. hdl:10462/comp/9722. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "McCulloch's Beach Estate, Humpy Bong". 1 April 1889. hdl:10462/deriv/252476. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. Vol. XLV, no. 9, 734. Queensland, Australia. 27 March 1889. p. 8. Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Parry-Okeden Estate, Margate Beach Redcliffe". 2 January 1933. hdl:10462/deriv/280871. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 31 December 1932. p. 10 (SPORTS FINAL). Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Queensland Baptist churches by date of erection/opening". Baptist Church Archives Queensland. Retrieved 29 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "1936 Margate". Baptist Church Archives Queensland. Retrieved 29 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "RELIGIOUS NOTES". The Courier-mail. No. 846. Queensland, Australia. 16 May 1936. p. 6. Retrieved 5 December 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "Brotherly Help Launches New Church Clear of Liability". The Courier-mail. No. 850. Queensland, Australia. 21 May 1936. p. 25. Retrieved 5 December 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "Queensland state school - centre closures" (PDF). Queensland Government. 20 August 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on 20 March 2022. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  16. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Humpybong State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Humpybong State School (SS) : Primary Enrolments". Schools Directory. Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
  20. ^ "Humpybong SS - Special Education Program". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  22. ^ Redcliffe City Council (2006). "Redcliffe City Council Annual Report 2005/2006" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2007. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  23. ^ "Barry Bolton Park". Moreton Bay Regional Council. Retrieved 7 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ Moore, Cathy (23 October 2019). "Paying tribute to community man, much loved father and husband". Redcliffe & Bayside Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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External links[edit]

  • "Margate". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.