Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Bribie Island National Park
What's special?Wildflower heaths, open forests and woodlands, teatree wetlands, freshwater creeks and lagoons, cultural sites, migratory birds, and a variety of other wildlife are protected in Bribie Island National Park.
The park covers the northern third of this low-lying sand island, stretching from sheltered Pumicestone Passage to the ocean beach. The surrounding tidal lands and waters are protected in Moreton Bay Marine Park.
Middens along the coastline are a reminder of the Aboriginal people who once lived on the island. The remains of World War II coastal fortifications are also within the park.
Exploring BribieBribie Island is a quiet retreat for self-sufficient nature lovers. Go boating or fishing or paddle a canoe along a creek, freshwater lagoon or Pumicestone Passage.
Go boating along Pumicestone Passage and stop for a bush picnic at Lighthouse Reach or the Lions Park on the northern spit or Mission Point. Picnic tables and fireplaces are provided. Take firewood or a fuel stove and drinking water. Toilets are located at Lions Park, Mission Point and Poverty Creek.
Bush camp at Gallaghers Point, Poverty Creek, Mission Point, Lime Pocket or along a 3km stretch of the ocean beach, 16km north of the access road to the beach. Basic facilities are provided at Mission Point and Poverty Creek. Take your own drinking water and firewood and take your rubbish home for disposal.
Go wildlife watching. Look for swamp wallabies, echidnas, emus and frilled lizards. Stroll along the beach. (Beware of passing traffic on the eastern beach). Look for migratory birds in summer. Go birdwatching at nearby Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park on the south-western side of the island. A bird hide overlooks the lagoon.
Enjoy the wildflowers in spring. Visit the Park Office at White Patch for more information.
WalkingDiscover the wonderful natural variety of Bribie Island along the Bicentennial bush walks. Obtain a brochure first from the Community Arts Centre on Sunderland Drive. Wear a hat, insect repellent and sunscreen.
Getting thereBribie Island is one hour or 65km north of Brisbane, or 70km south of Caloundra, via the Bruce Highway. Roads within the park are suitable for four-wheel-drives only and impassable after heavy rain. Enter the park from the end of White Patch Esplanade or the Eighth Avenue carpark off North Street, Woorim. You must obtain a permit from Caboolture Shire Council or Bongaree Caravan Park to drive along the ocean beach. Mission Point, Lime Pocket, Lighthouse Reach and Lions Park are accessible only by boat. For your safety, access restrictions sometimes apply to this park. Check with the ranger.
Access to Buckley’s Hole is via Bongaree along Welsby Parade and Toorbul Street.
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