29 Best Things to do on Bribie Island in 2023

Best Things to do on Bribie Island

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Bribie Island is located on the northside of Brisbane. It’s the forth largest sand island in the world, and well known for many things. This includes a beach and holiday destination, a brilliant day trip for city locals or a great fishing spot. But, what are the best things to do on Bribie Island?

As a local to the Queensland capital for the past 20 years, I’ve spent many weekends exploring this wonderous location and its always my “go to” spot for the beach. I think one of the greatest offerings about it is the community. Along with the residents being so friendly and treat you as one of your own.

So, let me share my thoughts below, help you find the best attractions and what to do when you get there.

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Best Things to do on Bribie Island

1. 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 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. Very much a worthy attraction and one of the best free activities, as well being open daily except Monday and Tuesday.

The Bribie Island Seaside Museum - Things to do on Bribie Island
The Bribie Island Seaside Museum

2. Butterfly House

Explore “What to do” on the Island with these amazing insects at the 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 (2023) 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.

Bribie Island Butterfly House - Things to do on Bribie Island
Bribie Island Butterfly House

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3. 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 the Island does have a few things to you can hire.

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.

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Hire Boats, Kayak's & Paddle Boards
Hire Boats, Kayak’s & Paddle Boards

4. Take an Nature Adventure Tour

Don’t have your own Four-wheel drive, then take the worry out of exploring the forth largest sand island with a tour. This can be done with a Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure, which meets up on the Island and explores the National park areas.

5. Bribe Island Gondola Hire

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.

6. 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, free to see and 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 the Island near the corner of Jacana Avenue and First Avenue.

Water Tower Art on Bribie Island - Things to do on Bribie Island
Water Tower Art on Bribie Island

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7. Day Trip on the Barbeque Boat

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.

8. Cruise around the Pumicestone Passage

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.

Find things to do on Bribie Island and join a Ferryman Cruise
Find things to do on Bribie Island and join a Ferryman Cruise

9. 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 Visitor Information Centre. They are open from 9 to 4 every day and there to embark you with their local knowledge of area, what to do, attractions and activities.

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.

Visit the Tourist Information Centre
Visit the Tourist Information Centre

10. Sandstone Point Caravan Park

Looking for attractions or things to do around Bribie Island, with also somewhere to stay. Check out the Big4 Sandstone Point Caravan Park with a massive Waterpark and an endless supply of games, activities.

Spend a weekend camping, or stay in on of their fixed cabin or safari tent accommodation. Either way, you’re going to be walking distance from the Island itself and enjoying the laid back lifestyle.

➡  Check and compare prices for Accommodation at Sandstone Point Caravan park HERE on Booking.com

Sandstone Point Caravan Park Waterpark
Water bucket fun at the Caravan Park

11. Walk or Cycle along Pumicestone Passage

Walking or cycling along the shoreline of Pumicestone Passage is the perfect free activity to start the day. The network of paths winds through the different beaches and provides stunning views of Moreton Bay.

There’s also plenty of wildlife to spot, from crabs and fish to birds and maybe dolphins. So whether you’re a local or a visitor, Pumicestone Passage is a great place to explore on foot or by bike.

Bribie Island Beaches
Aerial views of Bribie Island Beaches

12. Lunch or a drink at 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!

The Sandstone Point Hotel is not officially on Bribie Island. Still, it’s just over the bridge, and you can easily walk there. The food options are pretty good, with something for everyone, including the kids. Of course, you’ve got your pub food staples like burgers and chips, as well as a few more adventurous choices.

The views from the hotel are brilliant, especially if you’re lucky enough to get a table by the window. And if you’re feeling lucky, there are plenty of pokies to try your hand at. So, all in all, it’s a great place to go for lunch or a drink.

Lunch or a Drink at the Sandstone Point Hotel
Lunch or a Drink at the Sandstone Point Hotel

13. Visiting the Community Arts Centre

Looking for a place to unleash your creativity? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun place to hang out with friends. Either way, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Bribie Island Arts Centre. This free community centre is open daily and offers a wide range of workshops, events, and also tour through the gallery.

From painting and sculpture to pottery and photography, there’s bound to be something there for you. And if you’re unsure where to start, the friendly staff will be happy to help you find your niche. So come on down and discover your inner artist!.

14. Hire or Ride your own Jet ski

Riding a jet ski can be a lot of fun. Moreton Bay is a great place to hire one or bring your own to explore the calm waters through Pumicestone Passage.

You can also ride them in the surf at the beach. Either way, it’s a great way to spend a day out on the water. The key is to be safe and have fun. Follow all the safety rules, and you will have an adrenaline-pumping experience.

➡ Compare prices for Hiring Kayaks, Paddleboards or Jet skis HERE with Viator

15. Learn Bribie’s history and walk the Heritage Trail 

The Heritage Trail begins and ends at the Bongaree Jetty. You’ll see about 16 prominent historical landmarks, buildings, plaques, and smaller editions in the Bongaree district. Use this map and enjoy this free, low-impact stroll through the streets of Bribie Island.

16. Let fido run about on Red Beach.

Although dogs are not allowed Off-leash on most of the beaches in Queensland, they are more than welcome at Red Beach. This popular spot is specifically designed for dogs and their owners, and it is the perfect place to let your furry friend run free.

The beach is located on the southern tip of the island, and it offers stunning views of Moreton Bay. Enter the area by driving along the Red Beach Access road and walking about 100 metres through a sandy track.

17. Grab your next Seafood Meal

Savige’s Seafood is a popular seafood spot on Bribie island. The restaurant is located near the water, so diners can enjoy beautiful views or sit on the beach while eating. They specialize in fresh, locally-caught seafood, and the menu features a wide variety of items such as lobster, crab, and fish.

The Crab Pot is another popular seafood restaurant and has an extensive menu with something for everyone, and the prices are very reasonable. The Crab Pot also offers outdoor seating so diners can enjoy the beautiful weather.

Fresh Seafood Meal on Bribie Island
Fresh Seafood Meal on the Island

18. Get a bargain at the Markets

On any given Sunday, locals and visitors stroll around the arts and crafts markets with a wide variety of goods on offer, there is something for everyone.

Depending on which one you visit, there is anything from hand-crafted soaps and jewellery to paintings and sculptures, and it offers a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items.

And with the added bonus of featuring local talent, the markets are a great way to support the community. So whether you’re looking for a unique gift or simply want to browse the stalls, be sure to head down to the markets the next time you’re in town.

  • District Community Chest Market is on every 3rd Sunday of the Month at Toorbul Street in Bongaree.
  • Arts & Craft Fair is on the last Sunday of the Month at 191 Sunderland Drive in Banksia Beach.
  • Rotary Markets is on every 2nd Sunday of the Month at Toorbul Street in Bongaree.

19. Go Fishing

Bribie Island is a great place to go fishing all year round. The Jetty is especially popular with anglers as it’s often easier than fishing off the beach.

Catch fish like whiting and flathead as well as bream and mud crabs. In the surf, dart and jewfish are the most common catches, although whiting and bream can also be found close to the shore.

Fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and there’s always a good chance of bringing home a tasty meal.

20. Watching a sunset on the beach

Few free things are as stunning as watching a sunset on the beach at Bongaree. The sky is ablaze with vibrant colours, and the gentle waves offer a soothing backdrop to the dazzling spectacle.

Couples often take romantic beach walks at sunset, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and stunning views. However, for those who want a more active experience, stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy the sunset.

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) gives you a unique perspective on the colours and movement of the sunset, and it’s a great workout too! But, no matter how you choose to experience it, watching a sunset at Bongaree is an unforgettable experience.

21. Visit Buckley’s hole Conservation Park.

Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park at Bribie Island spans 88 hectares and encompasses an open forest, a freshwater lagoon, and woodland. It is a haven for bird watchers, with more than 190 species of birdlife calling it home.

You can access the park from Tully Street near reed beach or the Boulevard.

22. Experience one of the Nature Walks

Banksia Bicentennial bushwalk

Distance: 500m one way ( Allow 15 minutes of walking time)

Wallum Heathlands features grass trees and banksias, starting from Sunderland Drive near the bridge. You’re likely to spot scarlet honeyeaters or Scaly-breasted lorikeets while strolling quietly through a banksia woodland. This is scattered with white-flowering wedding bushes due to their attraction towards the nectar in the banksias.

Melaleuca Bicentennial bushwalk

Distance: 1.5km return (Allow 1.25 hrs walking time.

Take in the magnificent views, smells, and sounds of these melaleuca wetlands as you wander along this path. You’ll be surrounded by flowers like mauve vanilla lilies and a wonderful green understory canopy created by bloodwoods.

Palm Grove Bicentennial bushwalk

Distance: 1.3km return (Allow 1hr walking time)

Start your adventure at Sunderland Drive and explore this quiet, serene area near the bridge. You don’t need a 4WD to access this path, but you should tread quietly so as not to scare off any animals. Keep an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos or lace monitors basking in the sun. And if you look up into the trees, you might spot a koala taking a rest.

Things to do on Bribie Island, Brisbane Queensland
You can 4WD on Bribie Island

23. Golf

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.

Bribie Island Golf Club - Things to do on Bribie Island, Brisbane Queensland
Enjoy a game at the Bribie Island Golf Club

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24. Surfing

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 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.

Things to do on Bribie Island, Queensland
Bribie Island Jetty

25. Four 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 it 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 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.

Four Wheel Drive Vehicle on Bribie Island Beach
Four wheel driving on Ocean Beach at Bribie Island

26. 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 Island 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 ( including the popular Ocean Beach Camping Area), 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.

Book your Ocean Beach Camping fees in advance, take a tent and plenty of food to make for a unique camping experience.

Site 9 - Ocean Beach Camping Area
Site 9 – Ocean Beach Camping Area

27. Woorim Beach

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!

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.

Woorim Beach Bribie Island
Woorim Beach – East Coast of Bribie Island

28. Bongaree Beach

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.

Pumicestone Passage Bribie Island
Pumicestone Passage and the West Coast of Bribie Island

29. Take a dip in Mermaid Lagoon.

Mermaid Lagoon is a hidden gem and a great place to cool down on a hot day. Although, this is part of the 4-wheel driving section in the National park.

The 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.

The water is tea-tree stained and clean, with a sandy beach to relax on. More importantly, It’s not patrolled by lifeguards, so enjoy a swim but always be extra careful and keep an eye on children.

Mermaid Lagoon at Bribie Island
Mermaid Lagoon at Bribie Island

Is Bribie Island Worth Visiting?

Yes, Bribie Island is worth visiting and a great place to see if you’re looking for beaches, camping, and relaxing. The island has many areas that are perfect for a beach holiday, including being able to drive along them.

There are also several campgrounds on the island offering different experiences, which are very popular with the Brisbane locals on Day Trips or weekends. You’ll also find the isolated 4-wheel driving spots, National Park, and wildlife.

With magnificent beaches and a brilliant place to relax it’s definitely worth a visit for your next vacation. However, If you’re after a visual, you can watch my You Tube HERE for more detail!

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Where is Bribie Island?

Bribie Island is 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, it has amazing bush lands, sandy beaches and allows you to experience the best in nature.

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Where to Stay?

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.

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With hotels ranging from three to four stars, it makes accommodation very affordable so that you can concentrate on exploring the rest of the Island.

On the Bay Apartments, Bribie Island
On the Bay Apartments, Bribie Island

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.

Small Cafe's & Restaurants at Bribie Island
Small Cafe’s & Restaurants next to the beach

What’s the Weather like?

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 in the rest of South East Queensland. 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, 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.

How to check the Tides

Visitors around here 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, but the best way is to look up online.

The Information 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

Things to do on Bribie Island, Brisbane Queensland
Beach views of Woorim Beach patrolled section

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