Shorncliffe pier

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Shorncliffe Pier
Shorncliffe Pier 2012.JPG
TypeFishing Pier
SpansBramble Bay
LocaleShorncliffe, Queensland, Australia
Total length351.5 metres (1,153 ft)
Width5.5 metres (18 ft)
Clearance belowMarch 2016
Opening date1884-2012
Destruction date2014

Shorncliffe Pier is a historic pier in Shorncliffe, Queensland, Australia, situated near Saint Patrick's College and lower Moora Park. The pier with its white faded timber railings, colonial street lamps spaced out along the stretch of pier, and resting shelter towards the end was a much visited attraction for families, residents and tourists to the area. Reaching 351.5 metres out into Bramble Bay it is the largest timber pier in Brisbane and one of the longest recreational piers in Australia. The renewed pier was reopened to the public in March 2016.[1][2]


During the early history of Shorncliffe and its neighbouring bayside suburb Sandgate, both were beachside suburbs visited by Brisbane residents for day trips and holidays. In 1865, a company was formed to construct the pier aiming to increase connections between Brisbane and Sandgate. Lobbying efforts to persuade the state government to build a pier failed. William Deagon, a local hotel proprietor choose to build a jetty opposite his hotel in 1879.[3] It was smaller than the current pier but still had a tram track.

The existing jetty was deemed inadequate and new company was registered in 1882 which built a new pier between 1883 and 1884.[3] It was originally 260 metres long but this extended by another 91.5 m to allow ferries to dock at low tide. A small toll was collected at the entry to the pier.[3] Ferry services had mixed commercial success. The last ferry to Brisbane ran in 1928. At that time the pier housed an amusement parlour including gaming machines and an open air picture theatre.[3]

In the 1950s, Queensland's first women lifesavers, the Sandgate Ladies Life Saving Club, used bathing sheds at the pier.[4]

The pier still stands reaching out into the bay over a century later. The pier is the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race in April and is an element in many photographs and pieces of art circulating in Brisbane art galleries. With views of Redcliffe peninsula, the Boondall Wetlands, Moreton Bay Islands and the Shorncliffe cliffs, the pier is a feature in the nautical landscape of this northside Brisbane suburb.

In late 2000, the pier was refurbished and repainted. The boardwalk leading to the pier and the adjoining parks underwent large scale renovations in 2008 as part of a Brisbane City Council project aimed at attracting tourists to the area and reclaiming its bayside suburb character.

In 2011, Sandgate Pier was used as the location for a UK TV commercial for Homebase DIY. The Pier was given a temporary makeover for the commercial.

In early 2012, the pier was closed due to its poor condition caused by marine borers.[4] An engineers' report has been commissioned to confirm that the pier needs to come down.[5] Brisbane City Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has stated "we would certainly be wanting to erect a pier of some sort".[5]

Pier renewal[edit]

In May 2012 it was announced that the pier would be renewed. The design of the renewed pier was released in mid-2013. The new structure will be the same length, the same width and on the same alignment as the existing pier. The renewed pier design includes concrete and steel substructure and timber joists, decking, handrails and rotunda. There will also be a larger hammerhead and a lower platform at the end of the pier, fish cleaning stations, water fountains, benches and light poles.

The pier removal works commenced in November 2014 with construction of the new pier expected to start in early 2015. While finishing touches are being made, the new Shorncliffe Pier was opened to the public on Good Friday, 25 March 2016.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atfield, Cameron (24 March 2016). "Shorncliffe pier to re-open Friday for Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  2. ^ Howson, Spencer (24 March 2016). "New Shorncliffe Pier ready in time for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race tomorrow". ABC. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Helen; Dianne Mclay (2010). Building Brisbane's History: Structure, Sculptures, Stories and Secrets. Warriewood, New South Wales: Woodslane Press. p. 150. ISBN 9781921606199.
  4. ^ a b Daryl Passmore (22 April 2012). "Shorncliffe Pier protest gains speed with pledge from Lord Mayor Graham Quirk". The Sunday Mail. News Queensland. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b Bill Johnston (21 March 2012). "Report to decide Shorncliffe pier's fate". Northside Chronicle. Quest Newspapers. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Shorncliffe Pier Renewal Project". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 30 December 2014.

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Coordinates: 27°19′19″S 153°05′09″E / 27.3219°S 153.0857°E / -27.3219; 153.0857