Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane | Sunshine Coast

The day-use area is on Pumicestone Passage and is surrounded by tall, shady trees. Photo credit: Leanne Siebuhr © Queensland Government

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Lighthouse Reach day-use area

Enjoy boating from this picnic site on the northern end of the island that was once the site of a lighthouse.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Boat

Attraction facilities

  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Picnic tables (some sheltered)

Spend the afternoon relaxing over a BBQ in this open grassy day-use area. Nestled in among casuarinas and eucalypts you'll find plenty of shade for the picnic table.

Walk along the roadside, or at low tide walk along the shore, to the lighthouse site. Imagine the lighthouse strucutre that once stood beyond the sand hill, beaming its warning for 56 years until 1952. Look for the concrete base—all that remains of the second lighthouse that replaced the first.

Wander along the water's edge, launch your kayak from the shore, try your luck at fishing, or continue your 4WD along the Northern access track to Fort Bribie day-use area to explore the World War II remnants.

Getting there and getting around

Lighthouse Reach day-use area is in Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area, 65km north of Brisbane.

  • This day-use area is at the northern end of the island and can be accessed via two routes requiring high-clearance 4WD with low range capability; or by boat.
  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area. 24hr number plate surveillance cameras in use. Please ensure vehicle registration details are correct on your permit. For more information see:
  • Two-wheel-drive (2WD) vehicles, trail bikes and motorbikes are prohibited from obtaining a vehicle access permit and entering the Bribie Island Recreation Area.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Northern access track

  • From the bridge, drive north along Sunderland Drive and continue along White Patch Esplanade.
  • At White Patch, follow the main track north to the gate at the turn-off to the Poverty Creek camping area. This is the start of the Northern access track.
  • Drive 14.5km along this inland track to the northern part of the island and Lighthouse Reach.

Ocean beach drive

  • From the bridge, follow the signposts to Woorim township on the east side of the island.
  • The Ocean Beach drive starts at the end of North Street and continues north along the beach for 25km to Lighthouse Reach.

Speed limits

Boat access

  • The closest boat ramps are on the mainland at Golden Beach, Bells Creek and Coochin Creek.
  • Boat ramps are also located at Sandstone Point, Toorbul and Donnybrook on the mainland.
  • On the island you can launch your boat at Bellara and Bongaree boat ramps.
  • When boating over seagrass beds in Pumicestone Passage, do your best to minimise impacts on dugongs. Take it easy and observe the go slow areas (PDF, 793.2KB) .
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Getting to Bribie Island

The island can be reached via a road bridge from the Caboolture turn-off on the Bruce Highway, or by boat from the nearby mainland.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Lighthouse Reach day-use area is open 24 hours a day

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Bribie safely.