Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane | Sunshine Coast

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

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area provides a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles, others accessible by boat. You will need a vehicle access permit to travel to four-wheel-drive accessible camping areas.

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. Camping permits for all camp sites must be obtained before you set-up camp (there is no self-registration on site). On-the-spot fines apply for camping without a permit.

    Other accommodation

    There is a wide range of holiday accommodation on Bribie Island. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Walking

    Get ready to explore Bribie Island's natural diversity and heritage. In this coastal environment it is important to protect yourself from the sun and biting insects—wear protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent. Carry drinking water and a snack. Let a responsible person know where you are going and when you expect to return.

    Key to track standards

    Grade 2: Suitable for families with young children. Track has a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.

    Bicentennial bushwalks (Grade: 2)
    Distance: 3.8 km return
    Time: allow 1 hour

    The Banksia, Palm Grove and Melaleuca Bicentennial bushwalks begin near the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre on Sunderland Drive.

    Walk through eucalypt forests, paperbark wetlands and wallum heathlands. Rainbow bee-eaters, red-backed wrens and eastern yellow robins are some of the colourful birds you may encounter.

    Fort Bribie Walk (Grade: 2)
    Distance: 1.9 km one-way
    Time: allow 1 hour

    This walk is located 1.3km north of the Fort Bribie day-use area.

    Imagine a time when our life was threatened by war as you explore weathered gun emplacements and searchlight buildings, characteristic of the six-inch gun batteries used to defend Queensland’s coastline and Brisbane during World War II.

    Driving

    Beach driving conditions can be unpredictable. Before taking your vehicle onto the beach, make sure you are familiar with sand-driving techniques and have appropriate equipment.

    Four-wheel-drive tracks may be closed occasionally due to weather conditions, planned burned programs, logging operations and wildfires. Road condition signs are located at White Patch and Woorim park entrances.

    To protect Bribie Island's fragile, narrow spit, vehicle traffic is not permitted beyond the World War II northern searchlight emplacement. On-the-spot fines apply for driving vehicles past this point.

    For safety, entry through the centre of the island is restricted to the designated Poverty Creek access track and Northern access track. General access through pine plantations is not permitted. On-the-spot fines apply for driving vehicles on non-designated tracks in the park.

    Sand-driving techniques

    Engage four-wheel drive

    • Lock freewheel hubs and use four-wheel-drive for driving on sand and other soft or slippery surfaces.
    • Select low range second gear and keep up momentum for driving in soft, dry sand.
    • Reduce your speed and avoid sharp turns and sudden braking.
    • Adjust tyre pressures accordingly to improve traction in soft sand, but if you do, do not forget to re-inflate your tyres to resume speed on harder sand or surfaces. Keep within tyre manufacturer's specifications for tyre pressures.

    Speed limits and road rules apply

    Speed limits apply:

    • 30km/h near camping areas, on inland roads and between the Ocean Beach access point at First Lagoon (Freshwater Creek) to 300m north of Second Lagoon (Norfolk Creek).
    • 50km/h to all other beach travel.

    Road rules apply and Queensland Police patrol this area regularly. Slow down near camping areas and obey speed limits.

    • Wear seatbelts at all times.
    • Never carry passengers outside the vehicle cabin.
    • Keep to the left of oncoming vehicles at all times.
    • Use indicators when overtaking or turning.
    • Obey signs.

    Slow down when passing people, oncoming vehicles and wildlife

    • Often the sound of the surf makes it difficult to hear approaching vehicles. Give a wide berth to people, especially children, shorebirds, dingoes and other wildlife on the beach.

    Stay on formed tracks

    • All vehicles are prohibited on dune vegetation areas.
    • When accessing beach camping sites, use designated access tracks to minimise damage to fragile plant communities and wildlife habitat. Ocean Beach camp site access tracks are signed with a letter symbol.
    • Remove fallen trees or limbs rather than driving off the road to get around them and damaging living plants in the process.

    Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound

    • Carry a tyre gauge, air pump, water, snatch strap (tow rope), a first-aid kit and essential spares.
    • Load your vehicle evenly and do not overload it.

    Hazard areas

    • Beach conditions change daily. Areas near the lagoons can be particularly hazardous in summer.
    • During heavy periods of rain, the lagoons overflow, creating creeks across the beach - at times the drop off into these creeks can be deep.

    Read more about driving on sand.

    Boating and fishing

    Pumicestone Passage's extensive tidal wetlands are essential breeding areas for many fish, crabs and prawns. During winter the passage between Bells Creek and Caloundra Bar is one of south-east Queensland's principal spawning areas for yellowfin bream. Flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and mangrove jack are often caught around Bribie Island. Many people catch sand and mud crabs during the summer months.

    The passage is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Recreational fishing activities are permitted in the marine park, except in the Tripcony Bight – Long Island (MNP02) and Westaways Creek (MNP01) marine national park zones (see Moreton Bay Marine Park). Fishing, crabbing, bait collecting and other forms of harvesting are prohibited in these zones. Important habitats including mudflats, seagrass beds, mangroves, saltmarsh and claypan communities are protected here.

    Dugong

    The seagrass communities of Pumicestone Passage provide essential dugong food. Dugong populations are under threat of disappearing from some regions along the Queensland coast. Boat strike, entanglement and swallowed rubbish kill and injure many turtles, dugong and other marine animals. Please take care to minimise your impacts on dugongs and turtles.

    • When boating over seagrass beds, take it easy and go slow for those below.
    • Observe the Go slow areas (PDF, 5.8MB) for natural value zones at Tripcony Bight – Long Island (MNP02) and Westaways Creek (MNP01) marine national park zones.
    • Use bait-disposal bags.
    • Take plastic bags, nets, fishing line and rope ashore for safe disposal.

    Watch out for algal bloom

    Lyngbya majuscula is a toxic blue-green algae that occurs naturally in Moreton Bay. In recent years extensive algal blooms have resulted in large floating mats of Lyngbya and the accumulation of toxic material on beaches. Contact with Lyngbya can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation. Blooms have occurred from late spring to mid-autumn. Check local conditions and avoid swimming or contact with debris on the beach when algal bloom is present.

    Viewing wildlife

    The Bicentennial bushwalks, which start from Sunderland Drive, pass through a variety of plant communities and offer good opportunities for birdwatching and photography.

    Birdwatchers will enjoy the bird hide at Buckleys Hole Conservation Park. Over 190 different bird species have been recorded here. Access is via stairs at the end of The Boulevard, Bongaree.