Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane | Sunshine Coast

Immerse yourself in a lush paperbark wetland and bloodwood forests. Photo credit: Leanne Siebuhr © Queensland Government

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Melaleuca Bicentennial bushwalk

Wander through a paperbark wetland and bloodwood forest, and discover a vibrant landscape of native plants and animals.

Journey type
1.5km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1.25hrs walking time.
Easy (walk)

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Fill your senses with the magnificent sights, smells and sounds of these melaleuca wetlands.

Wander along this walk and be surrounded by wallum flowers such as mauve vanilla lilies and parrot wedge peas. Discover grasstrees scattered in the understorey, with a canopy of bloodwoods.

Walk quietly for a chance to spot scarlet honeyeaters and scaly-breasted lorikeets darting through the trees. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas dozing, eastern grey kangaroos grazing and lace monitors warming themselves in the sun.

Getting there and getting around

The Banksia Bicentennial bushwalk is in Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area, 65km north of Brisbane.


  • From the bridge turn north onto Sunderland Drive and continue to the community arts centre.
  • From the car park, follow the 300m walk through a rainforest to a large waterhole and the trail head of the Banksia Bicentennial bushwalk.
  • Walk the 500m of the Banksia bushwalk before joining the Melaleuca bushwalk.

By boat

  • The closest boat ramps are on the mainland at Golden Beach, Bells Creek and Coochin Creek.
  • There are also boat ramps 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

Melaleuca Bicentennial bushwalk 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 and Walk with care.