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Bribie Island: A Retreat Away from the Crowds
Bribie Island is often described as a holiday destination for self-sufficient travelers who, first and foremost, wish to immerse themselves in nature. In fact, a good part of Bribie Island is covered in bush and forest, with holiday homes few and far between along the coast. As you snorkel in Pumicestone Passage, fish off of Woorim Beach or peddle along the cycling trails meandering through the island, you won’t run into many other human beings. All the same, the main settlement on Bribie Island is home to some small eateries, a few boutiques and even a community arts centre. Since Bribie Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge you can cross on foot, civilization is only far enough away for you to escape it for a while.
Bribie Island’s Beaches
Bribie Island is home to five main beaches. These include quiet, almost deserted swimming spots as well as surfing hubs. To ride the waves, head to Woorim Beach, which is patrolled year-round. The beach is lined by a grassy foreshore with picnic tables and barbecues, a playground and s skate park, providing plenty of options for family’s seeking to spend the day in and out of the water. If you’re bringing your furry friend on holiday, hit up Red Beach, where you can let your dogs off their leads. Meanwhile, Sylvan and Bongaree beaches offer the best conditions for swimmers. You can walk along the jetty at Bongaree Beach for some photo opportunities. Participate in a wide range of water sports at Banksia Beach, where you can do some fishing, launch your boat, swim or go for a stroll with your dog, provided the family pet remains on a lead.
Wildlife and Water Sports in Pumicestone Passage
For additional aquatic activities, travellers can spend some time at Pumicestone Passage Marine Park. This channel between mainland Australia and Bribie Island is a favourite destination for snorkelers and divers, with plenty of opportunities to spot native wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, tropical fish and dolphins as you go about your activities. To get better acquainted with the plant and animal species that call the Passage home, you can sign up for a kayak tour, during which an experienced guide will point out the numerous bird species nesting in the channel’s mangroves which you might otherwise miss.
Bribie Island Fishing
Predictably, Bribie Island is also a popular fishing destination, with many different types of fish to be caught depending on where you choose to cast your net. Bream can be found in the waters surrounding Woorim and Red Beaches, whereas Red Beach is the place to go if you’re looking to reel in some winter whiting. From the Jetty, you might be able to catch some tailor, flathead or dart. Of course, Pumicestone Passage is also rife with fishing opportunities. Catch your line off the various beaches or hire a charter for the day and try your luck at deep sea fishing. Aquatic offerings aren’t limited to fish, either. Mud and sand crabs can also be caught on Bribie Island. If you don’t wish to catch your own seafood, simply sit down at the restaurants lining the shore and sample the day’s best catches.
Bribie Island beyond the Coast
Bribie Island features a network of cycling trails, which make it easy to explore the area beyond the waterfront. Some of the island’s paths line the coast while others lead towards the island’s town centre, Bongaree, where you’ll be able to park your bike and stroll past eateries, shops and galleries. If you so choose, you can even cycle to or from the mainland along the bridge’s dedicated bike path. If you’d prefer to discover Bribie Island on foot, head to Bribie Island National Park, where a series of trails allow you to get your exercise fix amidst lush vegetation. To orient yourself, pick up a map of the park at Bribie Island’s Community Arts Centre. Not only will you be able to get immersed in nature, you can get in touch with Bribie Island’s human heritage. In the park, you will walk past traditional aboriginal middens as well as the remains of fortifications erected to protect Bribie Island during World War II.
Getting to Bribie Island
You can take your car to Bribie Island, as the land mass is connected to the Australian mainland by a bridge. Bribie Island is only a 45 minute drive from Brisbane. If you don't have access to your own vehicle, you can take one of the many shuttles leaving from Brisbane Airport or Brisbane's CBD.