BRIBIE ISLAND ADVENTURE AND CAMPING GUIDE
We’ve spoken about our little piece of paradise before, specifically four wheel driving and camping up the beach but this time we thought we will go a little more in depth of our beautiful, Bribie Island, and right at the end, you will find our ‘Bribie’s Hidden Secrets Bingo’ game. It’s a perfect family activity to use while you are adventuring around the island.
Bribie Island may be the smallest island of the three major islands surrounding the picturesque Moreton Bay (Stradbroke to the south and Moreton to the east), but it is where we call home and we just love our little island. We often return home after a trip to the city, a day of work or even a holiday and drive over the bridge that connects it to the mainland and think just how lucky we are that we live in this beautiful holiday destination. (Did we mention you won’t have to worry about traffic lights holding you up, you’ll only have to deal with one set on the whole island).
Attached to the mainland by an 831m bridge that opened in 1963, Bribie Island is over 85% National Park. This is one of the features that actually drew us to move here from the Gold Coast and settle the kids down to start a local school in a quiet seaside town. We have travelled all around Australia but this little spot just stole our hearts, right back to when we first camped here up the beach over 10 years ago. Bribie has always been in our hearts so when friends suggested the idea of packing up our worldly belongings and moving here years ago, we jumped at the chance and within a month we were unloading moving trucks.
The island is a perfect destination for off road adventures, camping, fishing and outdoor activities. It has a really family feel about it these days making it the perfect local to holiday with the little legends. Numerous camping spots are situated all around the island from Woorim to Bongaree, White Patch and even over at Sandstone Point where the new Big4 has recently opened. There are also plenty of 4WD accessible spots in the National Park, picturesque camping at it’s finest - Bookings and permits are essential in these areas.
If camping isn't your cup of tea or you're looking for a quick weekend away the island also offers plenty of holiday rentals, cute little beach cottages & units, air BNB’s, motels and resort glamping options.
The four wheel drive access at Woorim takes you through some dense National Park littered with native trees and a very clear well worn track. Once on the main beach it’s time to take in all the glory that Bribie ocean front has to offer as you head up towards the tip:
4 Lagoons: Perfect for swimming & splashing for the kids or even an adventure with the kayak or stand up paddle board.
Amazing World War 2 ruins including a walking track from one end to the other.
Plenty of space for a spot of beach fishing.
Incredibly beautiful & clean beaches for swimming, surfing, sunbathing and beach cricket games with the family - we quite often chuck in a little cooker to make a meal while we are up there, or visit the local deli and pick up some cheese and wine for a cheeky platter on the beach.
Friendly locals all along the way - Don’t be afraid to chuck up a wave to each other, you never know when you might need a hand being towed out of a sticky situation.
The beach up the 4WD access is pretty safe for swimming but as it is away from patrolled areas up in the heart of Woorim, you need to always access the beach first and swim with caution. When driving around our beautiful beaches, dunes and tracks let's stick together and treat them with respect to both the land and others out adventuring too.
Back up on the main part of the island, the south side boasts a great range of activities from bird watching at Buckleys Hole - a conservation area where up to 190 species call home throughout the year, having a BBQ lunch or dinner at one of the many BBQ’s and picnic tables along the beautiful passage way or even getting in a round of golf at one of the two premier golf courses on the island. Take the dogs for a play and a run at Red Beach and stop in at the very pet friendly spot, ‘Social’ when you are finished for a coffee - ‘Social’ is the home of the Guinness World record holder of the most coffees made in 1 hour - 420 if you’re curious! Or stop in at La Vera Gourmet Pizza & Bar - home of the best pizza on the island, with epic scenery and an awesome playground across the road.
The jetty at Bongaree is a great spot to join the locals and throw a rod in, it also makes a great little spot to introduce the little legends into fishing too with a tackle and bait shop a stones throw from it. And if that doesn't go to plan you could always grab fish n chips instead. Keep your eyes peeled while your on the jetty too, there are many playful dolphins that like to put on a show out in the passage.
The island really offers something for everyone to try:
Set off on a sunset cruise with Bribie Island Gondola. Host’s Quinn & Melaine have created one of Bribie’s most incredible attractions cruising the Pacific Harbour canals and Pumicestone passage on their gorgeous Gondola. Head to their website to book your experience!
Every third Sunday from 10am head to Melsa Park where you will find the mini steam trains taking excited families on a 500m journey through Melsa Park. Ditch the thongs and pop on some covered shoes before you head there so you don't miss out.
Spend an afternoon at Bribie Island Bowls club playing barefoot bowls while overlooking the views of the Pumicestone passage. Head to their website to check when their next barefoot bowls afternoon is!
VIBE craft markets at the Bribie Island Arts Centre showcases local art & craft talent, organic fruit & vegetables and entertainment. The last Sunday of each month is when you will find them on.
Stop in to Bribie Island Hire Hut & Tours on the waterfront on Welsby Parade and hire a power glyder, kayak, go karts, SUP or scooter and explore the waterfronts while having fun outside in paradise.
Head down to Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club for a $6 bucket of fun at their aquatic driving range. $6 will get you a bucket of 40 balls which will keep the whole family entertained for awhile, and when you're finished pop next door to The Deck Bistro for a drink or bite to eat. It’s kid friendly and even has a little kids room for the little legends to hang out in.
There is an abundance of playgrounds for the little legends and exercise parks for the big legends to keep fit, why not see if you can find all the playgrounds on Bribie?
Heard of Geocaching? There are a few sneaky hides on the island, so if you’ve tried it before it's a great day activity on the island.
When the time has come to head on home, make sure you stop in at Sandstone Point Hotel for a cheeky drink before you leave paradise. There is a pretty awesome playground, a petting zoo and a fish & chip shed on the jetty to please the little legends.
CAMPING ON THE ISLAND:
Poverty Creek - Bribie Island National Park - access via 4WD
This little spot actually used to once be a cattle property and now has large grassy sites in a large camping area, suitable for tents and 4WD camper trailers. It has 14 numbered sites so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. The sand can be a bit soft getting there so take the necessary sand four wheel driving precautions. It’s a great spot on the passage side of the island and has good fishing and swimming spots. Mosquitoes can get a bit crazy on dusk and dark so arm yourselves with repellant and clothes to cover exposed skin and you'll be happy as larry. Fires permitted in the fire pits as long as there are no current fire bans on, so again always check before you start. The awesome thing about camping on this side of the island is the epic views you will get watching the sun go down over the Glasshouse Mountains. Micro flushing toilets and cold screened showers are here to clean up at the end of the day.
Gallagher Point - Bribie Island National Park - access via 4WD
First up, no toilets so make sure to bring your own and help reduce bush toileting. Gallagher Point is a quiet spot to get off the grid for a bit with only 6 spots you will definitely get some peace and quiet here. It is about 2km north of the sealed roads in White Patch but you will need a 4wd for the short sand drive to get there. Mosquitoes can be an issue after dusk so be prepared.
Mission Point - Bribie Island National Park - access via Boat only
This special little spot (12 sites) on the passage side of the island is only accessible via boat, making it the perfect little spot to set up the tent or swag for a night or two of fishing in Moreton Bay - just make sure you are back in time to light the fire and crack a beer to watch the sunset over the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains. You’ll find micro flush toilets here & screen cold showers to clean up after the fishing adventures.
Ocean Beach - Bribie Island National Park - access via 4WD only
By far one of our favourite spots in Australia to camp. 16km from beach the beach access point down to the beginning of the camp sites. All the sites are very well numbered and easy to find, and have always been well cleaned and maintained by local rangers and other campers. The sites are mainly in groups of 2-3 and further down you will find a couple of big grouped areas set back off the beach slightly with an amenities block which includes micro flush toilets, portable toilet point and cold screened showers to wash the sand off at the end of the day. The spots are very private nestled into the dunes and you can get views of Moreton Island and the beach from your tent - imagine how awesome it is to watch the sun rise from your bed with a cuppa! Bookings are essential here and it pays to plan ahead, it's very popular and sites get snapped up quick. Check the tide times when planning your trip to find the best times to travel up the beach. Don’t forget your fishing rod & your beach cricket set!
All of the above Bribie Island National Park camping areas require bookings & permits and those links can be found HERE.
Nestled in the beachy village of Woorim you will find this little beauty, and it's the perfect little spot for a weekend getaway. It is a very short stroll to a number of local pubs, surf clubs and eating spots. Stroll around with a coffee checking out the local shops and finish the day by walking across to the main beach and chucking a rod in the afternoon. Find out more about Bribie Island Caravan Park in Woorim by clicking the link above.
Right on the waterfront in the heart of Bongaree you will find the Bongaree Caravan Park, a council run spot which is first class. It’s a perfect spot to set up base for exploring all the moreton region has to offer. A short stroll down to the shopping village and you will find the local Bowls club which is great for a game of barefoot bowls, incredible eateries like Annie Lane as well with plenty of shops to browse and the local seaside museum to learn all about the local history.
This brand new beauty is one of the newest attractions to our beautiful area and boy is she a looker! You will find the very best resort style camping here and being a stone's throw from the iconic Sandstone Point Hotel, this is the perfect spot to relax and unwind in style. The Hotel holds a lot of large events so be sure to book early, or even check out their upcoming calendar of events here, you could attend and make a big weekend out of it. Don’t forget your swimmers, the swimming area is incredible and while your checking out their link below look at the luxury safari tents - we all deserve a night in one of them don’t you think?
Bribie Island is an amazing, beautiful place to live, a slower pace of life which is great for the kids and we are so lucky to call it home. The real community feel is what is attracting so many younger families to settle on the island and call it home.
Come visit, for a day, a week or even a bit longer!