Looking for a culturally rewarding weekend escape? Pack the bags and head north to the beautiful Bribie Island, home to a thriving arts community, along with a fascinating history stretching from ancient times to modern day.
Bribie island is situated just 70 minutes north from Brisbane CBD and is the only island in the Moreton Bay Marine Park accessible via a bridge.
Kick start your day with the Bribie Island Plaques Waterfront Walk along the Bongaree Foreshore. Starting from Kangaroo Avenue, this one-hour walk features sixteen heritage plaques telling over 200 years of local history.
Extend your experience at the jetty end of the waterfront walk, by taking the self-guided Bongaree ‘Walkabout’ Heritage Trail. Download the guide prior to exploration, as this walk explores the historical residential area of Bongaree.
After a much-deserved breakfast, it is time to head to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum. Discover Bribie’s role during World War II, it’s long history as a tourism destination and the fascinating story of internationally renowned artist Ian Fairweather, who called the island home.
Discover the talent of local artists at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, an experience that will surely surprise with the quality of work on display and available for purchase. Grab lunch at the onsite café, where you can relax and enjoy the gardens, whilst taking in the creative energy of locals using the centre studio spaces.
Looking to get your hands dirty? Bribie Island Community Arts Centre runs regular workshops open to members of the public, information is available on their Facebook Page.
Now it’s time to kick back and enjoy fresh oysters and seafood at The Oyster Shed, whilst taking in a sunset over Pumicestone Passage.
The location of The Oyster Shed is historically significant being a tribute to James Clark, known nationally as ‘The Oyster King’ during the 1870’s. You can view the menu here.
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With your bags packed, wave goodbye to Bribie Island as you head to explore the Redcliffe Seaside Village. Start you Sunday morning with a stroll through the Redcliffe Farmers and Artisans Market. This iconic seaside marketplace is host to farm fresh produce, trawler-direct seafood, fresh baked breads, along with buskers, handmade wares and crafts.
The Esplanade is also home to a thriving café culture, so enjoy a delicious leisurely brunch, whilst enjoying the ambiance of the markets.
Energised once again, you’ll be ready to explore history of The Esplanade with the Redcliffe Esplanade Self-Guided Walk. Discover the history behind the Redcliffe Jetty and Comino’s Arcade, taking time to stop at the outdoor tribute to pop legends the Bee Gees at Bee Gees Way.
Public art is a dominant feature along the Redcliffe Foreshore and nestled amidst the landscape of Charlish Park, is work by Indigenous Artist Bianca Beetson. Her work Story Poles, tells the traditional and contemporary stories of the local Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) people - the traditional owners of the Redcliffe region. These stories, both written and visual, have been used by the artist as design elements to represent notions of place and connection to country.
Looking to support and purchase local art? The Esplanade has several privately owned galleries which showcase work by local artists.
Alternatively, take a short drive to The Old Fire Station Community Art Gallery Oxley Ave, home to the Redcliffe Art Society.
Did you know that Redcliffe is the site of Queensland’s first European Settlement in 1824-25? You can learn more about this fascinating story via exploration of the Redcliffe Convict Trail. Be self-guided to the key locations of historical significance including Landing Site, The Commissariat Store and Prisoner’s Barracks.
Alternatively, learn more about Redcliffe’s early settlement, ancient indigenous culture and rich maritime history at the Redcliffe Museum. The museum is a fabulous place to explore the rich history and culture through interaction, exhibition and exciting displays, along with a Museum Shop for take home souvenirs.
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