Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane | Sunshine Coast

Pitch your tent behind the dunes on the eastern side of Bribie Island. Photo credit: © MJL Photography

Bribie Island has beautiful coastal scenery, low-key camping spots and great 4WDing, boating and fishing. Photo credit: © MJL Photography

Ocean Beach camping area

Camp behind the dunes on the Ocean Beach and enjoy fantastic opportunities to boat, fish and explore the Fort Bribie ruins.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Camping area facilities

  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Tent camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Cold showers
  • Shower cubicle (BYO shower)
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Cultural and historic sites
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Pack the 4WD and head to Ocean Beach. This camping area stretches for 3km behind the sand dunes on the beach—you’ll find plenty of space to set up camp in your own secluded site.

Feel like exploring? Discover the remnants of gun emplacements, mine-control huts and searchlight buildings at nearby Fort Bribie. Though some structures are visible on the beach, markers will help you find ruins behind the dunes.

View the camping area site details for site specific information.

Getting there and getting around

The Ocean Beach camping area is in Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area, 65km north of Brisbane.

  • The camping area is on the beach on the north east side of the island and can be accessed via the Northern access track or Ocean Beach drive.
  • A high-clearance 4WD with low range capability is required to access this area.
  • 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 16.4 km along this inland track to the northern part of the island and Ocean Beach.
  • Use the Ocean Beach camp site access tracks (signed with a letter symbol) to access your camp site.

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 along the beach for 23 km to Fort Bribie in the north of the island.
  • Use the Ocean Beach camp site access tracks (signed with a letter symbol) to access your camp site.

Speed limits

  • 50km/hr on the beach unless otherwise specified.
  • 30km/hr from Ocean Beach drive to 300m north of Norfolk Creek (second lagoon), near camping areas and on inland roads.

Getting to Bribie Island

The island can be reached via a road bridge from the Caboolture turn-off on the Bruce Highway.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Ocean Beach camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

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

Camping area features: bush camping behind the foredunes on the eastern beach.

Location: from 16km to 19km north of the beach access point on North Street, Woorim. Camp sites just behind the dunes are accessible from defined track entrances—use these and do not drive over dunes. Track entrances are designated with a letter symbol while all sites are numbered. Camping is not allowed in the foredunes or on the beach.

Map: Ocean Beach camping area map (PDF, 164.8KB)

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only. There are no boat launching or recovery facilities.

Number of sites: 62 numbered camp sites. See camping area site details for more information.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; camper trailers; large groups. Refer to camping area site details table.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt, grass.

Facilities: micro-flush toilets, portable toilet dump point, screened cold showers, water taps (not suitable for drinking)  are located in the camping area accessed by track 'P' (refer to map).

Open fires: allowed in provided fire rings only (except when fire bans or prohibition apply) but fuel stoves recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking and cooking; gas stove or firewood (such as untreated mill off-cuts not bush timber); rubbish bags; insect repellent. Visitors camping away from facilities are encouraged to bring portable toilets to help reduce bush toileting. Read more about before you visit.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Bribie safely and camp with care.