Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. The others are Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Bribie Island is 34 kilometres long, and 8 kilometres at its widest.
THINGS TO DO ON BRIBIE ISLAND
As the only island in Queensland connected to the mainland by bridge, Bribie Island projects a carefree community feel with a combination of calm bay beaches and surf beaches ideal for either a leisurely swim or surfing safari.
Bribie Island makes for a gorgeous island escape and is popular with nature lovers, water sport enthusiasts and families alike.
Play in Pumicestone Passage
Pumicestone Passage is a protected marine park and safe haven for wildlife, running as a 35km channel between Bribie Island and the Caboolture coastline. A popular location for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, visitors can take a guided kayak tour, wind or kitesurf, go bird watching, pump for yabbies or simply watch the magic of a sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains.
Explore Bribie’s beaches
Boasting both a long stretch of surf shoreline and a calm protected coastline, Bribie offers the best of both worlds for the beach lover. For surfside fun and access to long, white sandy stretches of four-wheel driving areas, head to the popular Woorim Beach on the eastern side of the island. On the protected western side of the island, the beaches at Bongaree and Bellara are both favoured spots for families. With 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.
Visit the Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Learn about the stories of Bribie and the people who shaped, lived and loved it at the Seaside Museum. Become acquainted with Matthew Flinders and his encounter at Skirmish Point. Reflect on the brilliant reclusive artist Ian Fairweather. Learn about the American troop occupation during World War II and get up close to the local bounty of the sea in the incredible fish collection of the Amateur Fishing Association of Queensland.
Cycle along Pumicestone Passage & Bongaree Beach
With a good network of cycling paths along Bribie Island, Pumicestone Passage and Bongaree Beach are two cycling destinations for those looking to bask in the sun and take in the scenic surroundings. Bike along the beach starting at the esplanade and cycle your way through to Sylvan Beach on the other side of the bridge.
Getting back to basics with camping
The Bribie Island Recreation Area provides a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by 4WD, others accessible by boat. Try the Ocean Beach designated camping area, located 16km north of the beach access point on North St, Woorim. Find out more and get the right permits from the national parks service.
Savour stunning Bribie from the air
Rather than falling to the ground at scary speeds, join Oceanview Helicopters for a unique and fun view of the island. This Moreton Bay helicopter company takes pride in showing off beautiful places around the region and making memorable experiences for its passengers.
Hiring a kayak
Pumicestone Passage is gorgeous to look at, and even better to be out on. Hire a kayak from Bribie Hire Hut (they also rent stand up paddle boards, paddle boats, electric bikes and ‘zegways’) to enjoy the scenery from the water.
Find romance as sun sets on the Island Gondola
The gorgeous gondola seats up to six people – but is best for just two to watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic evening. Best of all you can BYO drinks and lunch or dinner can be arranged too.
Learn to surf with Bribie Island Surf School
Master the waves with expert tuition from Bribie Island Surf School. Experienced instructors will help beginners navigate the small waves and warm waters of the island.
Sink beers or enjoy lunch at the Sandstone Point Hotel
On the mainland across from Bribie Island lies the trendy Sandstone Point Hotel with lush green lawns that roll into Pumicestone Passage. It’s the perfect vantage point for island viewing. From time to time it hosts boutique music festivals on the green.
Taking an eco-cruise with Ferryman Cruises
Join the search to spot dugongs, dolphins, turtles, dingoes, jabiru, sea eagles, osprey and 360 other types of birds on an eco-cruise through the passage. With more bird species than the Kakadu, it will be a tour to remember.
Run a triathlon on the island
For more than 30 years the Bribie Triathlon Series has kept the island moving. Now there are four races each year which include a short course, long course and active kids triathlon.
Go 4WDing with G’day Adventure Tours
G’day Adventure Tours have a range of activities that are bound to get you pumped. Choose from a range of tours where you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with native wildlife, go swimming and kayaking in lagoons, 4-wheel drive across Bribie Beach or go on a cruise and spot dolphins.
4WD enthusiasts will love the opportunity to set up camp on the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Bribie National Park. Most of the island is made up of national park.
Explore the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre
This gallery is the heart of creativity and the arts on Bribie Island. Drop by the Banksia Beach building to see contemporary art, woodwork, pottery, fabric and glass work. Look out for market day at the centre.
Gather friends and rent a BBQ boat
BBQ Boats are essentially a floating pontoon. No licence is required to drive one, and cruising up and down the flat passage is easy. Pack an esky, buy some snags and set out for a day on the water with friends. There are a few companies that rent them – try BBQ Boat Hire Bribie Island or Bribie Boats.
Catch a flick at Bribie Twin Theatre
This boutique independent theatre shows the latest flicks (including 3D) plus has all your favourite cinema snacks including choc tops, popcorn and coffee. Tickets are cheap too.
Live the lush life and hire jet skis
Just admit it, we all want to own a jet ski so we can cruise around Moreton Bay, taking in the sights and jetting between islands. Well, why not rent a jet ski? Moreton Bay Jet ski offer a highly personalised jet ski experience to those without a boat licence. Choose between a 60-minute, 90 minute or 4-hour experience and get your taste of adrenaline pumping water sport. Be sure to book online to secure your jet ski.
Tee off at Pacific Harbour Golf Course
This 18-hole championship golf course is one of the best in the Brisbane region. Water is the central theme of this Bribie Island course, with it incorporating the wetlands, watercourses and native vegetation to craft a “risk and reward” style par 72 course. Drop by for a round, take your clubs to the practice range, purchase new gear at the shop and dine in the course-side restaurant and bar.
Take the dog to Red Beach
People with dogs love hearing about new places they can take their dogs – and the white sands of Red Beach are another spot for your furry family member.
Stroll along the accessible heritage walk at Bongaree
Explore the history and heritage of Bribie Island with Bongaree self-guided waterfront walk. Start your walk at Bongaree Jetty and stop in at 16 other sites along your way to finish up at the Pioneer’s Heritage Plaque.
Combine nature with history
See iconic Australian wildlife, while safely on board a 4WD all-terrain vehicle with 4WD G’day Adventure Tours. Be mesmerised by the tea-tree stained lagoons of the area and learn the fascinating history of the island, while exploring the World War Two fortifications.