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Bribie Island Queensland

A natural treasure cove near Queensland’s Capital that you can drive to, with spectacular beaches, parks and rich wildlife to explore.


At a Glance

Bribie Island is the only island in Moreton Bay that you can drive to and has a bridge. In addition to the wonderful and stunning beaches and clear waters, you can spend quality time in the urban areas hunting for food, shopping and resting in world class hotels. There are plenty of activities you can do here including fishing, swimming, walking along the beach at sunset and much more. The Bribie Island is a paradise for bird enthusiasts as the nearby Pumicestone Passage is one of the most important protected bird habitats in Australia.

You can take a ferry to visit the Pumicestone Passage, the waterway that separates the island and the mainland. The Pumicestone Passage is a marine park that features a wide variety of animals, marine or otherwise. One of the popular animals there is the dugong, which often visit the passageway to feed.


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Where is Bribie Island?

 

Bribie Island is 70 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Bribie Island North is part of the Sunshine Coast Region while all of the other suburbs on the island are part of the Moreton Bay Region. Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay. One of the best ways to get to Bribie Island is to hire a car from Brisbane Airport.


 

Things to see in Bribie Island

 

Bribie Island National Park

The Bribie Island National Park is a treasure trove of plants and animals waiting to be discovered. This beautiful preserved state forest has so much to offer, from 4WD inland tracks and beach frontage off-road opportunities, to beautiful camping and fantastic fishing spots - once you start exploring, you'll wonder why haven't you spent more time discovering this island gem before! You can try your luck at fishing or crabbing, picnicking at the Lighthouse Reach or Lions Park, pitching a tent at Mission Point or one of three other camping areas that are accessible only by four wheel drive.

Bribie Island National Park

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The Pumicestone Passage

The Pumicestone Passage is a body of water between the Northern Bribie Island and the Caloundra Headland. It is a spectacular waterway that offer a sheltered harbour and receives freshwater inflows from a network of streams including Bells, Mellum, Coochin, Coonowrin, Tibrogargan and Elimbah Creeks. The Pumicestone Passage is the perfect area of boating, fishing and swimming. The waterway also has high environmental values, with diverse landscapes such as seagrass meadows, sand islands, intertidal flats and mangroves, and iconic species such as turtles, dugong and migratory shorebirds.

The Pumicestone Passage

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Island Gondola

Enjoy your fabulous evening in a very different setting and go for a romantic gondola cruise with food. While viewing the amazing sceneries around Bribie Island, you can indulge in wonderful cheese platters and chocolates while enjoying the gentle breezes on the beautiful Venetian-styled gondola. Coupled with classic romantic music selections, this can be a great date idea!

 

Bribie Island Seaside Museum

The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is a small museum with exhibitions that brings the past back for the contemporary eyes. Here you will discover the history of the birth of modern seaside tourism. The museum also showcases Matthew Flinders’ encounter with the Aboriginal people at Skirmish Point, the American Troop occupation in World War Two, as well as stories of Bribie and the people who shaped the island’s history.

 

 
 

What's the weather like?

 

Bribie Island lies on the ‘sun corridor’ of South-East Queensland and has a subtropical climate that is generally sunny and comfortable all year round. The island can see a high amount of rain and possibly thunderstorms during the summer. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 20°C with an average minimum of 8°C

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Get to know Bribie Island's history

 

Bribie Island was first sighted by Captain James Cook in 1770. It was originally inhabited by the Djindubari people when it was discovered by Matthew Flinders in 1799. It has a relatively rich coastal area with an abundance of resources and food, allowing for people to settle and reside there on a long-term basis. The name ‘Bribie’ was believed to be named after a convict who was on the island in the 19th century.

Before World War II, several forts were constructed on the island to serve a defensive purpose as well as to act as an artillery training ground for Australian soldiers. During the war, Bribie Island also acted as a mine control hub by the Australian Navy.