Bribie Island is about an hours drive north of Brisbane and is the first stop on your way to the Sunshine Coast. It is one of the rare few Australian islands that you don’t need a boat to reach. The Island has retained its small seaside village charm, while offering some of the most stunning scenery on the east coast of Queensland, Australia.

Towering white sand dunes, miles of unspoilt beach stretching as far as the eye can see, rolling surf, a protected tidal waterway teeming with marine life and views of the majestic Glass House Mountains in the far distance are just some of the attributes that make Bribie Island worth more than just a pit stop at the beach for a quick dip and an ice-cream.

On Bribie Island, you can just as easily take a long walk along a vast, empty stretch of beach with only the swooping kites, seagulls and lapping tide to keep you company as you can rub shoulders with dozens of beachgoers in the family friendly Woorim Beach surf. Woorim Beach is popular for its milder waves compared to surf beaches on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Thrill seeking adventures are also not far away. Parachute onto the beach or hire a jet ski and check out parts of the Pumicestone Passage. Slightly less adrenalin pumping activities include line fishing or simply kicking back at Brennan Park watching the sun sink beneath the bridge over the gleaming waters of the Pumicestone Passage.

Scattered along the sand dunes facing Moreton Bay are a series of WWII-built forts and gun emplacements. They add an exciting element to the Island for history buffs, or for those wanting a glimpse into life during the war. The forts take us back in time to when Australia was under threat from a foreign enemy and places like Bribie Island were suddenly of key strategic importance to our national security. The first bunker (a Skirmish six-inch battery), found just south of Woorim Beach, can be reached on foot. The remainder of the defence installations can be reached by 4WD.

If you decide to go to Bribie – there is a great Bribie Island Adventure Tour with Brisbane pickup that we recommend. Have fun from Dave & Nicki Lee.

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