Bribie Island, a 34 kilometre long sand island in the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland Australia. Surrounded by natural beauty, Bribie Island is blessed with white sandy beaches and the Pumicestone Passage, a Marine Park.
Most of Bribie Island is uninhabited, consisting of National Park covering 55.8 square kilometres. Bribie Island is separated from the mainland by the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park which has 24 islands and is bounded by 240 kilometres of shoreline.
The Pumicestone Passage has safe family beaches and calm water. Hire a boat and drop anchor for a quick fish, or enjoy a cruise up the passage to take in all the beauty. Dugongs frequent these waters seasonally to feed on the seagrass while dolphins and turtles also make the passage home as do over 350 species of birds.
Bribie Island remains the only Moreton Bay Island to be connected to the mainland by a bridge. The building of the 831m Bribie Island bridge half a century ago took two years of work and was considered an engineering marvel at the time, being the longest pre-stressed, pre-cast concrete bridge in Australia.
If you fancy a play in the surf, then head to the eastern side of Bribie Island. Woorim is a must-see on Bribie Island. The stunning waters and white sand stretch for over 30 kilometres and provides the greatest sense of relaxation and escape.
There’s lots to see and do here on Bribie Island, the hardest part is choosing how to fit it all in.
About Bribie Island
Bribie Island is one of the rare few Australian islands that you don’t need a boat to reach. The Island has retained its small seaside village charm, while offering some of the most stunning scenery on the east coast of Queensland, Australia.
Towering white sand dunes, miles of unspoilt beach stretching as far as the eye can see, rolling surf, a protected tidal waterway teeming with marine life and views of the majestic Glass House Mountains in the far distance are just some of the attributes that make Bribie Island worth more than just a pit stop at the beach for a quick dip and an ice-cream.
On Bribie Island, you can just as easily take a long walk along a vast, empty stretch of beach with only the swooping kites, seagulls and lapping tide to keep you company as you can rub shoulders with dozens of beachgoers in the family friendly Woorim Beach surf. Woorim Beach is popular for its milder waves compared to surf beaches on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
Thrill seeking adventures are also not far away. Parachute onto the beach or hire a jet ski and check out parts of the Pumicestone Passage. Slightly less adrenalin pumping activities include line fishing or simply kicking back at Brennan Park watching the sun sink beneath the bridge over the gleaming waters of the Pumicestone Passage.
Scattered along the sand dunes facing Moreton Bay are a series of WWII-built forts and gun emplacements. They add an exciting element to the Island for history buffs, or for those wanting a glimpse into life during the war. The forts take us back in time to when Australia was under threat from a foreign enemy and places like Bribie Island were suddenly of key strategic importance to our national security. The first bunker (a Skirmish six-inch battery), found just south of Woorim Beach, can be reached on foot. The remainder of the defence installations can be reached by 4WD.
Things to do on Bribie Island
Swim at Woorim Beach
Woorim Beach is a family friendly surf beach. The beach is patrolled year-round by Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club volunteers.
Bribie Island Camping
Camping experiences in the Bribie Island Recreational Area range from the remote (accessible by high-clearance 4WD only to the very remote (accessible by boat only). The recreational area incorporates Bribie Island National Park and other crown land, including the beach. Camping permits are required and fees apply. Camping areas accessible by 4WD include Gallagher Point bush camping, Poverty Creek and Ocean Beach (16km north of the beach access point at Woorim). Camp sites at Ocean Beach are tucked away behind the dunes. Camp sites for visitors arriving by boat are available at Mission Point and the Lime Pocket camping area.
Walking on Bribie Island
The Bicentennial Bushwalks are an easy-grade one hour walk beginning near the arts centre on Sunderland. Highlights of the 3.8km return trek are eucalypt forests, wallum heathlands and paperbark wetlands.
For a truly soul cleansing beach walk, park the car at the Southern Beach Access carpark and set off around the southern end of the island. Dazzling white sand dunes spotted with spinifex, kilometres of beach mostly empty of people and the crashing of waves on the sand await. Brahminy kites can be seen swirling in the sky above searching for prey.
For another great beach walk, head north from Woorim Beach. Highlights are World War II military installations on the beach.
Bribie Island bird watching
Grab some binoculars and step into a sanctuary that attracts migratory birds from all over the world. Buckleys Hole Conservation Park is a haven for more than 190 different bird species. The park protects 87.7ha of coastal forest and wetlands. It is of national and international significance for shorebirds, with 23 different migratory bird species sighted in the park. Species include the Mongolian plover, white winged tern, bar-tailed godwit, whimbrel and greenshank. The near-threatened black-necked stork, eastern curlew, grey goshawk and vulnerable beach stone-curlew also live in the park. Access is via the stairs near the western end of The Boulevard, Bongaree.
Bribie Island fishing and boating
Recreational fishing is permitted in the Pumicestone Passage, which forms part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, with the exception of Tripcony Bight (Long Island and Westaways Creek marine national park zones).
Bribie Island Ferryman
The Bribie Island Ferryman Cruises glides up the Pumicestone Passage towards Caloundra, taking in the views of a shipwreck, the towering forms of the Glass House Mountains and the township of Toorbul before following the small channel sailed by explorer Matthew Flinders on his historic journey up the Pumicestone Passage and into the Caboolture and Glass House Mountains region more than 200 years ago.
Bribie Island four-wheel-driving
The Bribie Island recreational area can be accessed by high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles. Vehicles must be road registered. A vehicle access permit must be bought and displayed on the windscreen before entering the area. Drivers are allowed as far as the WWII northern searchlight emplacement but are not permitted beyond because of the need to protect Bribie Island’s fragile, narrow spit.
Hire a jet ski
Join a guided safari course with Bribie Island Jet Skis – no jet ski licence necessary. The company also offers courses for riders wanting to experience unrestricted jet ski riding. A range of boats and water sport equipment can be hired from Boab Boat Hire.
Skydive on Bribie Island
Tandem skydive experiences over Bribie Island are offered by companies including Skydive Bribie Island, GoDo and Adrenalin Skydivers Bribie Island.
Bribie Twin Theatre
This charming little twin theatre fits in to its seaside surrounds perfectly without its brightly coloured tin walls. But don’t be put off by its rustic exterior. The theatre has the latest 3D cinema technology, a variety of new release films and fully-stocked candy bar.
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
The Bribie Island Seaside Museum was opened in 2010 on the edge of the Pumicestone Passage on Bribie Island. The museum collection tells the history of Bribie Island, from Matthew Flinders’ and his mate Bongaree’s skirmish with the natives at what is now known as Skirmish Point to the life of artist Ian Fairweather. Entry to the museum is free. There is plentiful parking opposite the museum and off street.