For the 4×4 enthusiasts and campers, Bribie Island is just 90 minutes north of Brisbane and is the easiest of the Moreton Bay islands to access as there is a bridge! Bribie Bridge connects beautiful Sandstone Point to the island, which has many popular camping areas, areas of historical interest, and 4WD tracks. The eastern surf side of the island has 20km of white sandy Woorim Beach ready to drive on, whilst obeying the road rules. There are four fresh-water lagoons on the island, which require 4WD access, and always plan your trip to drive two hours either side of high tide on the beach. Lime Point, Poverty Creek, Gallagher and Mission Points are great for camping – check out the Queensland Government’s website for more info on camping and Covid closures.
Exploring the island more, you will find the remains of Fort Bribie which consisted of two guns, designed to defend the channel into Moreton Bay and were constructed during 1940-42. Concrete structures are being exposed by the constant sand erosion, such as the Mine Control Hut, Command Post, and Observation Structure. The entry of Japan into WWII in late 1941 encouraged efforts to increase a military presence on the island, and the need for huts and Officer’s messes, gun emplacements and the concrete forts.
Bribie has a seaside charm complete with stunning scenery – white sandy dunes, unspoiled beach and perfect ocean waves. From Bribie, you can see the Glass House Mountains in the distance, and Caloundra on the mainland, at the northern end of the island. The Pumicestone Passage is a 35km channel of protected waters which stretches from the top of Bribie Island to Deception Bay, and is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Do some research and take a trip over the bridge to immerse yourself in the beauty that is Bribie.