Found … an island right on our doorstep and you can drive there! Located in the northern part of Moreton Bay, Bribie Island has long played host to generations of Australian families and there’s a reason why.
Connected to the mainland by bridge, only 45 minutes from Brisbane Airport and less than an hour from Brisbane’s CBD, Bribie Island is the only Moreton Bay Island that you can drive to for a day out.
The island itself is just 34 kilometres long and 8 kilometres at its widest, a pristine escape that is mostly national park (except for the southern end of the island) and is a neighbour to Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Its island status is thanks to the Pumicestone Passage that separates it from the mainland, but a bridge from Sandstone Point was completed in 1963.
The original inhabitants – the Gubbi Gubbi people of South East Queensland, were encountered by Matthew Flinders in 1799. A skirmish took place and Flinders named this site Point Skirmish, now shown on maps as South Point.
You can visit skirmish-free for the day to share the beauty with the mangroves, Eucalypt forests, dugongs, turtles, dolphins and hundreds of birds’ species. Or swim, dine, have a coffee and shop. Catch the ferry up the Pumicestone Passage (itself a protected marine park) and discover or rediscover the history and wildlife of Bribie Island and experience one of the Bribie Island beaches for yourself including Sylvan Beach, Red Beach, Banksia Beach, Woorim Beach and Skirmish Point which is a popular fishing spot.
Distance from Brisbane: approximately 70km north of the city.
5 things to see and do:
- Take a cruise on the Ferryman and experience the natural beauty of the Pumicestone Passage
- Visit the Bribie Island Seaside Museum celebrating the island’s modern history
- Take the kids on the miniature steam train ride every third Sunday of the month at Melsa Park, Bongaree
- Swim, surf or relax in the sun on one of the secluded beaches, or
- Paddleboat with the dolphins