Opportunity: Sandgate

Sandgate has a relaxed, healthy, village lifestyle and is one of Brisbane’s most picturesque bayside towns. 

Council has worked with local businesses in Sandgate to develop a Local Business and Destination Plan. This collaborative work, known as a Local Business Partnership Initiative, identifies opportunities for improving local investment to support the local economy.

Council has also delivered free Wi-Fi, CCTV, foreign language wayfinding signage, bud lighting, a heritage trail and refresh of the public realm improvements to further enhance Sandgate as a destination and thriving local business precinct.

Connected and accessible

  • 16 kilometres from Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD)
  • Sandgate Station is the terminus for the Shorncliffe rail line
  • Well serviced by bus routes, particularly along Brighton Road and Rainbow Street
  • Easy connection to M1 providing access to north and south
  • Convenient access to Brisbane Entertainment Centre in nearby Boondall

Local trends

  • Seaside living
  • Village atmosphere
  • Historic charm
  • Café, restaurants and bars
  • Eclectic shopping
  • Freestanding family homes
  • Relaxed feel
  • Artistic and cultural community


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  1. Brighton Road high street – unique retail, cafés and restaurants
  2. Sandgate Foreshore – Flinders Parade promenade stretching from Brighton to Shorncliffe, including the Sandgate Aquatic Centre
  3. Einbunpin Lagoon Park – waterhole lagoon in the centre of Sandgate and home to the annual Einbunpin Festival
  4. Ibis Central – including Woolworths and mixed retail outlets
  5. Sandgate Town Hall – heritage-listed, memorial style hall on the corner of Cliff and Seymour Streets
  6. Sandgate Station – terminus for the Shorncliffe rail line, surrounded by cafés and commercial 
  7. Aldi centre – close to local high street with undercover parking

Driving opportunity

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Infrastructure projects

New roads, transit, schools, hospitals and other major infrastructure projects create opportunities for business


  • Sandgate Aquatic Centre aquatic playground upgrade was completed in 2017 and further improvements proposed to provide new indoor pool and gym
  • Streetscape refurbishments works completed in 2017 as part of Suburban Centre Improvement Projects renewal program
  • Outdoor gym equipment installed in Arthur Davis Park
  • Gateway Upgrade North in nearby Deagon and Bracken Ridge, contributing to improved safety and increased efficiency of the M1

Strong employment

Increasing consumer spending and stimulating economic growth

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Soda Shoppe (formally Bramble Place) opened at 1 Loudon Street (2020)
  • Felice’s Barbershop opened at Fourth Avenue (2018)
  • Cocoa Shiraz clothing boutique relocated to Fourth Avenue (2018)
  • Beach N Brew chose Rainbow Street for its second Brisbane location (2017)
  • Capulet & Co renovated the former Hawgood Jewellers premises on Brighton Road for its concept store which includes speciality coffee, barber and apparel (2017) 
  • Fashion and accessories store, Victoria’s Bling, opened in Fifth Avenue (2017) 
  • Woods Coffee House opened in Brighton Road next to The Laurels Arcade (2017)
  • Salt and Sea Boutique Lifestyle opened in Sandgate Arcade (2017)

Planning frameworks

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Other local business areas for investment

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Last updated: 6 October 2020

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