You have come here today to find out the Things to do on Bribie Island, along with help in finding accommodation and tours that might be available. Bribie Island, located on the northside of Brisbane, is the forth largest sand island in the world, and well known as a lot of things. This includes a retirement destination, a holiday destination, a brilliant day trip for Brisbane locals or a great fishing spot.
Bribie Island’s National Park covers 55.8 square kilometres of spectacular beaches, camp sites, great boating, fishing and bird watching. Thus, you can experience everything from bush trails to sand dunes.
One of the greatest offerings about Bribie Island is the community. The residents are friendly and treat you as one of your own. Furthermore love to share everything from their favourite eateries to everything Bribie has on offer
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Where is Bribie Island, Brisbane
Bribie Island in located on the north side of Brisbane (near Caboolture & Sandstone Point) and one of the few Islands you can actually drive to. Separated from the mainland by the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie has amazing bush lands, sandy beaches and allows you to experience the best in nature.
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Bribie Island Accommodation
If camping is not your style you certainly are spoilt for choice at Bribie Island as it offers some amazing accommodation options for you. From cheap and cheerful options to private vacation rentals, you can find the perfect hit for your budget.
With hotels ranging from three-four stars, Bribie Island makes accommodation very affordable so that you can concentrate on exploring the Island.
Bribie Island Camping
Bribie offers those who like a little adventure a variety of camping experiences
- Bush & beach camping options
- Coastal Caravan Park camping
Camping is a big part of the Bribie experience with the popular Bribie Island Caravan Park to help. Situated only 200m from Woorim beach, you can experience the best of both worlds with surfing, boating & fishing
You can choose from five different camping areas, however bringing a boat means only two of these are accessible. The other three will require some grunt power from the 4WD and plenty of clearance. Make sure you contact them in advance prior to your stay to organise any permits that you may need.
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Things to do on Bribie Island
The Bribie Seaside Museum
You can learn the Islands history at the Bribie Island Seaside Museum. There is a large collection of preserved fish, theatre show about the SS Koopa and history of the people and it’s role in world war 2, along with a replica bunker. You also have belongings of Bribie Island personalities, interactive displays and new exhibitions passing by throughout the year.
Check out the activities for the young and old and they can have a variety of events and workshops available. The centre is free to enter and open daily except Monday and Tuesday.
Bribie Island Butterfly House
Explore these amazing insects at the Bribie Island Butterfly house. It’s an outdoor venue, so not so good with rainy weather, the butterfly’s are not that active on rainy days either.
Unfortunately, the centre is only open on Sundays and Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. There is also a $12 entry fee and you should allow about 1 hour to see everything the centre has to offer ( I was there for 30 minutes). The mornings are supposed to be the busiest, so lunchtime could be a good time to visit.
Hire Equipment or Tours
Obviously when you’re on holidays, there might not be an opportunity to bring your own water crafts. So it’s handy to know that Bribie Island does have a few things to you can hire on the Island. The Bribie Island Hire hut has kayaks, stand up paddleboards, water bikes, and go karts….. this would also be a great place to stop by on a day trip to the island and fill in a few hours.
Another option could be the BBQ boat hire, which has boat suitable from 6 to 12 people and can be rented for half or full days out on the water. No licence is required and comes with flushing toilets. Grab a bunch of friend and enjoy the freedom of driving yourself around.
Don’t have your own Four-wheel drive, then take the worry out of the journey with a tour. This can be done with a Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure, which meets up in Bribie Island and explores the National park areas.
After a little luxury then maybe take a look at the Bribie Gondola Hire. They have daily cruise options available, costing around $125 dollar per person for a 1.5 hour cruise. Meals can also be arranged and a minimum of 2 people must be travelling.
Immerse yourself in a leisurely cruise around the Pumicestone passage aboard a Ferryman Cruise. There are choices between morning, lunch and sunset cruises and experience the historic trails of Matthew flinders, with live commentary from the skipper. Stay on the lookout for local’s wildlife like pelicans, sea birds, dolphins, dugongs and turtles.
Bribie Island Water Tower Art
Silo art is becoming increasingly popular around Australia and even though this is not a Silo, it’s still considered part of the Art trails. This tower is located on Welsby Parade in between the Caravan park and bowls clubs ( easier access from Queen Street). It depicts the unique thriving aquatic to the area.
Alternatively, you can see a different one on the other side of Bribie Island near the corner of Jacana Avenue and First Avenue.
Tourist Information Centre
If you wanting to find out about current events or things happening that might not be mentioned in in the blog today, then check out the Bribie island Visitor centre. They are open from 9 to 4 every day and there to embark you on their local knowledge of Bribie Island. This one is located on Brenabrow Avenue, in a centre Island section with a few car parks, in between the traffic that travels east and west.
Want to try out or chill on the greens with a game of golf, The Bribie Island Golf Club, has an 18 hole course, Stretching over 6000 metres. It’s an easy walking course, suitable for all level of golfers, with plenty of challenges by the bunkers and sandy lies off the fairways. The green are generous in size and offers a great putting surface.
Have you ever wanted to learn to surf, then check out the beginner surf lesson you can get on Woorim beach. This will need to be booked online with the sunshine coast surf schools and taught in small groups on the Woorim beach, on the east side of the Island. They start at $55 per person and go for 1.5 hours, with an option to save money with a few lessons. Please note that the Surf n this area is a little low key, so great for newbies, but probably not for the avid surfer.
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4 Wheel Driving
Bribie Island is THAT holiday place where you can lay on the beach and relax the days away. Alternatively, you can dive headfirst into the numerous adventure activities! It’s your holiday, and Bribie certainly allows you to spend it anyway you like!
Not only does Bribie Island offer so many adventure experiences, they have the people to make it happen! 4WDriving is a huge draw card at Bribie, but if you don’t have the vehicle, there are tours you can take! Experience a day trip to remember !
Got your own 4WD? You too can experience driving on the sand, just make sure that you organise the Bribie Island 4WD permit to allow you to experience this magic. Your rig will need to have a high clearance to make sure you stay out of trouble and a keen eye of the tide’s times. Book your Ocean Beach Camping fees in advance, take a tent and plenty of food to make for a unique camping experience.
Sandstone Point Hotel
After trekking around the golf course, head over the bridge to Sandstone Point Hotel. Recognised as Queensland’s Best Entertainment Venue in their second year of opening, makes this venue a must to check out. It is not only an award-winning entertainment venue but a great family friendly venue. Finally, kids can experience a free petting zoo along with gaming facilities, outdoor playgrounds, soccer nets and trampolining!
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Bribie Island Beaches
OK, we are here for the amazing and spectacular beaches Bribie has on offer, right? You can even take your family friend, to the pet-friendly beaches, making it a whole family experience!
East Coast Bribie Island
Let’s look at the east side you could find yourself at Woorim beach. With its scenic surrounds and amazing atmosphere, it is great for surfing or just having fun with friends and family.
West Coast Bribie Island
More options await on the west or what is known as “The Passage” side which runs along Pumicestone Passage. Calm beaches & sheltered waters is a great option for those with younger families to provide a stress-free sea experience.
Where to Eat and Drink
You won’t be short of choices on the Island, but seafood meals can be a delectable treat. Local fresh seafood to award winning foodie spots. Through the busy season you might need to book dining options, but should be easy enough to grab some takeaway and pull up a parked bench on either side of the island.
Just like the option before, right next to the caravan park, there is the famous Sandstone point hotel. It’s listed as one of Queensland best entertainment venues, with outdoor festivals and suburb meals.
Bribie Island Weather
There is a saying in Queensland, “for us to get bad weather, you must have bought it with you”. Known for its Mediterranean style climate, Bribie Island has great weather all year round. Sharing similar climate highs and lows of the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane City. You can expect to enjoy glorious sunshine making it a perfect travelling destination for any time of the year.
Showcasing beautiful sunrises and sunsets, you may need a light winter jacket for those pleasant walks along the beach. Thunderstorms are common over Bribie Island, providing spectacular images and usually occur during the summer months. Maximum temps on average are recorded around 26.4 with minimums 16.2, providing the most pleasant and comfortable weather for its visitors all year round.
Bribie Island Tides
Visitors to Bribie are very keen to experience the 4×4 beach driving, so being aware of the tides is crucial. There are many ways to get your hands-on tide information to ensure your experience is fun as well as safe.
Bribie Island Info Centre can provide you with up to date information on tides as you plan your adventure. It’s important to plan your adventure two hours either side of the tide going out to avoid serious safety issues
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