Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Oaks Just the Place to Soak Up the History

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Oaks Just the Place to Soak Up the History

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US MARINES lapped up the beachside location of their rest and relaxation base at Marine Pde, Redcliffe, for three years during the Second World War.

They passed the days at the Redcliffe Rollerdrome and enjoyed walks on the Redcliffe Jetty.

Fast forward 70 years and the marines have gone, as has the rollerdrome, and in place of the naval base is Redcliffe's finest luxury apartments: Oaks Mon Komo.

The 12-storey building was finished in 2010 and is another step in the region's diverse history.

As Queensland's first established town in 1824, Redcliffe is enriched with plenty of history, proud locals and the stories that come with it.

Redcliffe comes under the Moreton Bay Council area and encompasses the suburbs of Clontarf, Woody Point, Scarborough, Kippa-Ring, Newport, Rothwell and Margate.

Driving 45 minutes down the Bruce Highway on a Friday night towards Redcliffe, I wasn't sure what to expect from the bayside suburbs north of Brisbane. Living beachside myself on the Sunshine Coast, I didn't know what another esplanade and another beach could possibly offer me and my weekend.

But I was pleasantly surprised.

As a history buff, I relished the opportunity to learn more about Redcliffe and how it came to be Queensland's first town.

Opening the door to my apartment at Mon Komo, I knew I was in for a treat. Below my 12th floor balcony was the Settlement Cove Lagoon a[pounds sterling] a safe swimming area that is popular in summer, the foreshore and unspoilt views of the bay.

Mon Komo, oozing quality and class with a Caribbean-inspired hotel and restaurant, is a stand-out on the foreshore which stretches along Marine Parade.

A drizzly winter morning did not stop me from taking a stroll along the newly streestcaped foreshore from the hotel to the Redcliffe jetty.

The walk has a smattering of viewing platforms out to Moreton Bay, seating areas and public artworks.

A cluster of restaurants, cafes and bakeries offers plenty of choice to shelter from the weather with a warm chai latte, chocolate muffin and the newspaper.

The locals tell me you can't go past the historic Palace Hotel, Golden Ox restaurant or Morgan Seafood for great eats. …

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