Bribie Island: Overlooked Jewel close to Brisbane

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Bribie early morning

Bribie Island is situated about 45 minutes North from Brisbane airport.

If you stay in the Brisbane region and need a camping spot close to home, this article is for you.

Bribie island can offer you the same experience as Rainbow Beach  at less cost and with substantial travel time savings as well

Beauty wise Bribie does not have to give way to the more well known destinations at all.

I am talking about Ocean Beach camp spot in this article. You will need a 4X4 in order to get to the camp site(s).

Please contact us if you need a hire vehicle or camping gear etc. We are currently running special deals for weekend hires to Bribie Island.

It’s situated just 65km from the city, this island makes things really easy for you. You simply pack the family into your high-clearance 4WD, throw in the camping gear and drive over a bridge to get there. Contact us if you need a fully stocked 4×4 hire vehicle for your trip

Bribie gives you best of both worlds. All the luxury of the city and also camping on remote spots 4×4 driving fishing etc.

Bribie map

Map of Bribie Island

Bribie Island is situated 65 Kms from the city cbd. It’s 32 Kms long and from 1.6 to  40 km wide. It has a area of 153 square kms.

Its situated on the southeastern coast of Queensland at the Northern extreme of Moreton Bay.

It has a population of more or less 21 00 people.

It the only Island accessible by bridge.

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Woorim Beach on the eastern side of the Island offer access to long white sandy stretches for  four-wheel driving. 

Don’t be fooled you will need a high clearance capable 4wd vehicle to travel on these beaches. We can help you with the perfect 4×4 hire vehicle that will enable you to travel this terrain without hassles.

On the  western side of the island, the beaches at Bongaree and Bellara are both favored spots for families. These beaches provide barbecues, picnic facilities, play areas for the kids and calm swimming spots, they make the ideal destination for a day out with family and friends.

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Beach driving Bribie Island

Hire a barbecue boat

You don’t need a  license to drive these boats, cruising up and down the flat passage is easy. Pack your esky with the necessary items and set out for a day on the water with friends.

Its easy to spend a whole day like this on the waters around Bribie. Quality family time without getting bored.

If you enjoy fishing remember to bring your gear with.

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BBq Boat Bribie Island

Visit World war two fortifications

Fort Bribie became operational by early 1942, it was built at the outbreak of WWII, to provide defense support for the RAN against light raiding warships.

Originally the fort was a fairly primitive construct, but as Japanese aggression intensified the bunker’s superior tactical position prompted it to be upgraded into Moreton Bay’s major defense installation.

Once upgraded, it acted as the Examination Battery at which ships identified themselves and formed a vital part of the ring of protective Moreton Bay defense sites which were linked to the loop controlled underwater minefield surrounding Brisbane during the war.

The minefields worked in-conjunction with a system of indicator loops – submerged magnetic cables which were designed to pick-up on the path of a vessel passing over them above the surface or below. The cables stretched between Skirmish Point at Bribie Island and Comboyuro Point on Moreton Island.

In 1945 the fort was abandoned by the military having fulfilled its purpose. With the reassessment of Australia’s defensive installations during the 50s, the importance of artillery batteries in coastal defense diminished prompting the complete dismantling of Fort Bribie. The fort’s buildings were disassembled and any building materials recovered were transported off the island to be repurposed elsewhere.

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Fort Bribie Island

Bring your dog

Feel free to  bring your dog along to Red Beach at Bribie Island, its a sandy beach where dogs can run free. The beach is secluded by the main land from big waves making it ideal for dogs and children as well.

You can also take your dog to the Sunday markets. Make sure its on a leash though.

Fun outing for the whole family including the doggies.

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Doggie heaven, Red beach, Bribie Island

Arts and culture

Bribie Island’s Seaside Museum is situated in Woorim, close to the ocean. It will inform you about the rich history and heritage of this Island location. Bribie Island has a surprising comprehensive history and this  museum is an excellent archive of knowledge to enlighten you on your trip.

Bribie’s best-kept secret is the Bribie Community Arts Centre. This gallery at Banksia Beach is the gathering point for art and creativity on the island. You will enjoy the abundant artworks that’s for sale all year round . Arts to be found onsite include lead lighting, lapidary, woodwork, painting, pottery, fabric work, glass work and jewelry.

Make sure not to  miss The Abbey Museum which is situated on the road to Bribie Island. Its also a little gem to be enjoyed. 

Arts and crafts for sale, Bribie Island

Another 10 Things to do on Bribie Island

Bribie Island, located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is a beautiful destination that offers a range of activities and attractions for visitors. Here are ten things to do on Bribie Island:

  1. Take a swim at one of the island’s many beaches: Bribie Island is home to a number of pristine beaches, including Woorim Beach, Ocean Beach, and the Bribie Island National Park. These beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.
  2. Go fishing: Bribie Island is a popular spot for fishing, with a range of fish species including bream, flathead, and whiting. You can fish from the shore or head out on a guided fishing tour.
  3. Visit the Bribie Island Seaside Museum: This museum showcases the history and culture of Bribie Island and the surrounding area. It features a range of exhibits and interactive displays, making it a fun and educational outing for visitors.
  4. Play a round of golf: Bribie Island has two golf courses, the Bribie Island Golf Club and the Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club. These courses offer stunning views of the island and the surrounding waterways.
  5. Take a walk or bike ride through the island’s national park: The Bribie Island National Park covers more than half of the island and is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. There are several walking and biking trails throughout the park, offering beautiful views and the opportunity to spot native wildlife.
  6. Go birdwatching: Bribie Island is home to over 200 species of birds, making it a great destination for birdwatchers. Some of the species you may see on the island include pelicans, wading birds, and sea eagles.
  7. Explore the island’s waterways: Bribie Island is surrounded by a number of waterways, including the Pumicestone Passage and the Caboolture River. You can rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and explore these waterways at your own pace.
  8. Visit the Bribie Island Lighthouse: Located at the northern end of the island, the Bribie Island Lighthouse offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. It is a popular spot for photography and picnics.
  9. Go shopping: Bribie Island has a range of shopping options, from local artisan shops to larger chain stores. You can find everything from souvenirs and beach gear to clothing and homewares.
  10. Enjoy a meal or drink at one of the island’s restaurants or cafes: Bribie Island has a range of dining options, from casual cafes and takeaways to more formal restaurants. There are also several pubs and bars on the island, offering a place to relax and unwind after a day of activities.

Overall, Bribie Island is a great destination for anyone looking to relax and unwind in a beautiful setting. Whether you prefer outdoor adventures, cultural activities, or simply soaking up the sun, there is something for everyone on this idyllic island.

General detail

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I stayed over on Bribie Island a few times over the last couple of years. Not sure what it was then, but the ocean was never clean and were muddy. There were also no waves and I did not really enjoy the experience because of this. We also never had a view of the ocean.

This all changed over the last couple of months though. I think it all has to do with were you go to camp. The ocean is currently crystal clear and if you get the correct camp site you will not be disappointing.

My advise is to book according to the  site map and to get a site as close as possible to the ocean. Inland sites are sometimes warmer, more humid and you don’t have the sea breeze to cool you down. Bush will also clog down your view and you loose the see view.

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If you need a quick get away to clear your head Bribie is definitely one of the top destinations for this.

Break away on Friday afternoon after work, spend the night and then return back to Brisbane rejuvenated after breakfast on the Saturday morning. This works out really well because Bribie Island is so close to Brisbane and easily accessible. You can be on the beach within 90 minutes, from the city and Northern suburbs (depending on your destination).

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Another visitor.

Camp sites range from A – U. Site Detail. I found that the better camp sites were some of the first once’s (A – D). We stayed on site C6 on Friday night and it was really a great experience.

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View from Camp site Early in morning.

Between April -May insects seems to be scarce and  is  not that much of a hindrance.

Your kids will love to play on the dunes and open beaches. There are less vehicle traffic than on Fraser,  Moreton and Stradbroke leading to a more relaxed experience.

We usually play games on the beach until late at night. Make sure kids leave all iPads or simular devices at home. Lol

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Relaxing at night

The view from the site is spectacular and there is wild life in abundance. Birds will wake you up in the mornings and scrub turkeys will move around your tent. To  top it all up there is plenty of fish for the eager angler(s).

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Bacon and Eggs for breakfast

I saw a  school of tuna herding a pilchards really close to the beach. Should be great spot for paddle-ski enthusiast as well.  Also great spot for 4×4 driving and exploring.

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