Bribie Island World War II structures
The legacy of the South-West Pacific Area of operation in the Second World War is visible through the structures, facilities and debris that remain throughout Queensland.
Along Ocean Beach foredunes on Bribie Island are weathered gun emplacements, searchlight buildings and other remnants of a defence battery used to protect Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane.
Bribie Island was important to the defence of Brisbane as the main north-west shipping channel runs close to the shore here. Fort Bribie was strategically located near Bribie Island's northern tip to secure the shipping passage south.
In the 21st century Fort Bribie is under threat from forces that span geological eons to powerful seasonal events that can change the shape of the coastline overnight. This historical fortification is being recorded through images, maps and 3D modelling so that it’s important role in protecting Brisbane can be appreciated now and into the future.
Find out more about Queensland’s other military installations preserved in our parks and forests.
- Bribie Island Recreation Area partial reopening following severe weather 1 June to 30 November 2022