Shorncliffe Escarpment management plan

Brisbane City Council is developing a management plan to protect the Shorncliffe Escarpment.

The Shorncliffe Escarpment is a significant natural landscape feature on Brisbane's northern foreshore. The prominent headland with its framed views provides an iconic backdrop to the Sandgate Foreshore Parklands recreation areas and the Shorncliffe Pier.

The proposed Management Plan will provide the future vision for the escarpment and actions for how Council plans to manage the escarpment in the short, medium and long term to ensure its ecological and recreational values are maintained and enhanced.


This table provides summary information about the Shorncliffe Escarpment management plan project including address, ward, project and latest update.
Address Shorncliffe Escarpment - Sandgate Foreshores Park
Ward Deagon
Project outcomes A management plan for Shorncliffe Escarpment
Latest update

Community engagement and feedback.

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About the project

Council is developing a management plan for the Shorncliffe Escarpment to nurture and protect this high-profile natural landscape feature. 

Council completed a comprehensive assessment of the escarpment in late 2018, including:

  • erosion and bank stability
  • vegetation health and composition
  • biodiversity values
  • soil composition.

The investigations identified that use of the area has accelerated natural erosion processes, affecting the health and stability of the escarpment. Some public safety risks were also identified, which Council has addressed as a priority to ensure the public can continue to safely visit the escarpment.

Project area inclusions

The Shorncliffe Escarpment forms an edge to Bramble Bay that extends approximately 2.3 kilometres from Cabbage Tree Creek in the south to the Sandgate Town Hall in the north.

The escarpment includes the area between the upper pathway at the top of the embankment area and the “inland” edge of the lower pathway along the foreshore.

The larger recreation areas within Moora Park and the Sandgate Foreshores Park are outside of the scope of this project, as is the foreshore area including the seawall and the pier.

Other Council initiatives and projects undergoing concurrent development within the local area, such as the Sandgate District Neighbourhood Plan are outside the scope of this project.

Project benefits and themes

The benefits of the project are to:

  • protect and enhance the elements that make the Shorncliffe Escarpment unique
  • understand the current condition of the escarpment, including erosion, bank stability, vegetation health, composition and biodiversity
  • improve user experience, amenity and safety along the escarpment
  • support Brisbane’s Future Blueprint principles to “protect and create greenspace” and “empower and engage residents”
  • develop a community inspired, shared vision for the Shorncliffe Escarpment.

The Shorncliffe Escarpment Management Plan vision will be shaped around five key themes, including:

  • site significance
  • erosion cycle
  • scenic views
  • access and amenity
  • revegetation and weed management.

Project timing

This table provides project time information about the Shorncliffe Escarpment management plan project.
Mid 2019 Community engagement and feedback.
Late 2019 Provide summary of key technical and engagement findings to the community.
Mid 2020 Release draft management plan summary.
Late 2020 Commence management plan strategies, subject to funding.
Beyond 2020 Implement medium-to-long-term management plan strategies.

Have your say

You can provide feedback about your visits to the Shorncliffe Escarpment by:

Online survey

Have your say by completing the short online survey.

The survey closes Sunday 23 June.

Information kiosk

Visit an information kiosk and speak to the project team to hear about findings from the initial site investigations and the overall health of the escarpment.

View the information kiosk locations and times:

Information kiosk dates, times and locations for the Shorncliffe Escarpment management plan.
Time and date Location
10.30am-12.30pm, Saturday 1 June Bowser Parade, Sandgate
(outside the main entry to Woolworths)
10.30am-12.30pm, Saturday 8 June Lower Moora Park
(grassed area between the car park and the Shorncliffe Pier)

More information

If you would like to ask questions or find out more about the project, you can:

Last updated:20 May 2019
Topics: shorncliffe