Photography Location Guide: Shorncliffe

Moora Park, Shorncliffe

Ideal Family Portrait Location for Beach and Jetty with loads of variety

Overall Summary

Most people in Brisbane know where the jetty at Shorncliffe is. It’s an iconic landmark here in Brisbane and very popular for walkers, families, picnics, swimmers and is great for wedding and portrait photography.

Shorncliffe Family Portrait

Access & Parking

Moora Park is the official name of the area here… the fantastic wooden playground. Easy to find off the highway the biggest problem here at the weekend is parking. There is a bottom car park right next to the jetty but it can often be full, so the parking at the top of the hill is a safer bet


This North Brisbane Portrait location has great amenities. There are toilets on site, drinking fountains, BBQ’s and picnic benches, You can sometimes find a coffee cart of ice-cream van here and at the top of the hill is a little café and takeaway shop

Best time of day for your session

This location is great for morning or afternoon sessions, whatever the weather, sun, cloud or even stormy skies look amazing on the beach. Morning sessions here are best before 10am and afternoon around an hour before sunset. The only problem here with afternoon sessions is the crowds! It gets really busy with people enjoying the afternoon sun and other people here also having their family or wedding portraits.

Morning Sessions
Afternoon Sessions


The best part about the variety of locations here is that because it is on a headland, if there is a bit of wind, you can head to one side or the other of the peninsula to get out it. These are some of the great options:

  1. Sandgate side headland
  2. In the park
  3. In the trees
  4. Out on the beach
  5. Out on the rock wall
  6. On the secluded beach
  7. On the jetty

Wow factor

The sunset here makes for pretty spectacular sunsets on the beach, rock wall or jetty.

Shorncliffe Wedding Photography

In Summary

This location is great for all portrait styles, family, pets, children’s, maternity and even large group generations. There is something for everyone here, from the beach to the jetty to green backdrops and trees too. This location has it all… if you don’t mind the crowds, then this location could be perfect for you.

Check out a session in action down at Shorcliffe

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