Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane | Sunshine Coast

Explore sandy beaches, white dunes, cool creeks and serene lagoons. Photo credit: Rose Gray © Queensland Government

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Ocean Beach drive

Explore long sandy beaches, wind-swept white dunes and serene freshwater lagoons on this 4WD along the island's east coast.

Journey type
23km one way A path where the start point is different to the finish point
Time suggested
Allow 50min driving time.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Scenic drive

Set out on this 4WD adventure along the island's eastern beach from south to north. Along the way explore cool creeks, take a break one of four tannin-stained freshwater lagoons, or stop and cast a line from the beach.

Enjoy stunning views of Caloundra and Moreton Island and watch large ships pass close to the island, destined for the Port of Brisbane.

At the north end of the drive, explore the heritage-listed World War II structures of Fort Bribie. In the dunes, discover weathered gun emplacements and searchlight buildings once used to defend Queensland's coastline.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • This drive takes you along the beach on the east coast of Bribie Island from south to north.
  • 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.
  • A high-clearance 4WD with low range capability is required to drive this route.
  • 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.

Speed limits

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

Getting to Bribie Island

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

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Ocean Beach drive 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 Four-wheel drive with care.