With year-round sunshine, picture perfect beaches, fascinating cultural activities, unique experiences and an abundance of playgrounds, it’s not hard to see why Bribie Island is one of Moreton Bay’s most popular destinations.
Whether you are travelling solo, with family, friends, or social groups, there are no barriers for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the many inclusive and accessible attractions which Bribie Island is renowned for.
Here’s our list of sensory and wheelchair-friendly experiences that will create many fond memories.
Everybody loves a day at the beach, and with greater accessibility and support, Woorim Beach on Bribie Island’s ocean side is one of the best places to soak up some rays.
Beachgoers with mobility issues will have no trouble reaching the water’s edge by using the firm and stable accessible beach matting, which stretches from Beach Access Point 12 down onto the sand.
If required, visitors can also hire one of the two specialty beach wheelchairs that can easily be maneuvered on the hard and soft sand from the nearby Bribie Island Surf Club. These are available on weekends and public holidays.
There are also accessible toilets, changing rooms and external beach showers less than 50 metres from the beach entry to help you freshen up afterwards.
If you or your children still have plenty of energy left to burn, be sure to inspect Bluey Piva Park, which is located right next to Beach Access Point 12.
There is a small playground with some climbing webs where your kids can use their imagination, plus it is fully fenced which creates a safety barrier preventing young or special needs children from wandering off.
The rubber surface inside the playground also ensures people with affected mobility can interact and even play too.
Outside the fenced playground there are several benches and picnic tables overlooking the water, and if you’re lucky, you might even see bottlenose dolphins or humpback whales.
If you’re starting to feel a little peckish, thankfully you won’t have far to go to fill up your tummy.
The Bribie Island Surf Club welcomes all visitors and is a great spot for lunch, dinner or a few drinks.
The bistro has a relaxed atmosphere with a spacious layout, and a delicious menu consisting of salads, fresh seafood, steaks, burgers and hot chips.
Diners can choose a table in the outdoor dining area on the ground level, or on the upper level which overlooks the water of Woorim Beach.
Access to the upper level is via a lift, and there are accessible toilets as well.
If a picnic and a play sound more like your ideal day out, Lions Park opposite the Bribie Island Surf Club is a beautiful spot to unpack the picnic basket.
Kids who love to climb and swing will love the two-fenced playgrounds, meaning parents can rest assure their kids are safe while they run around to their heart’s content.
The playground’s rubber space makes the space disability-friendly to all, and there are plenty of seating areas and electric barbecues where you can enjoy your lunch.
If you feel like exploring, there is an accessible path from Lions Park to Edwin Schrag Lookout. The path is approximately 750m long and is adjacent to the waterfront of Bribie Island Surf Beach.
The concrete paths are smooth with low gradients. There are also multiple seating areas along the path which offer plenty of comfort for wheelchair users with sufficient leg clearance under the tables.
At the lookout you will be rewarded with the smell of fresh, island air and unobstructed views as far as the eye can see.
Designated accessibility parking bays can also be found at the Edwin Schrag Lookout parking area.
It will be easy to lose track of time at Tintookie Park because with so many things to play on, you won’t want to leave!
This massive park takes up a whopping half a block and is jam packed with things both children and adults of all abilities will love.
There is a fully fenced playground for younger children which features swings and a seesaw, as well as a large skate park and basketball court, where anyone with any ability can shoot some hoops.
Just like the other parks on Bribie Island, there is an abundance of shaded seating areas, with the tables providing plenty of space to cater for wheelchair users.
Nature lovers will have the opportunity to see hundreds of colourful butterflies up close with a visit to the Bribie Island Butterfly House.
Up to 1000 butterflies live in the outdoor sanctuary which you can explore at your own leisure, so be sure to have your camera ready should they land on you (bright coloured clothing helps!).
The paths inside the sanctuary have recently been widened making it nice and spacious to get around, plus the level garden beds and grass ensure wheelchairs, electric mobility scooters and walkers don’t slip off the edge.
Visitors can choose to take a guided tour, which includes a visit to the breeding lab, where the very knowledgeable guides will also share some cool facts.
There are three pools for you to splash around in, including a 25-metre lap swimming pool, a heated indoor pool and an adventure swim play area.
Getting in and out of the pools is easy with the access ramps, and there is even a self-propelled pool wheelchair and hoist.
There are also accessible change rooms and shower facilities.
If you love art, there is plenty to look at when you visit the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre.
The art centre boasts plenty of exhibits featuring local and visiting artists who proudly show off their paintings, pottery, sculptures, woodwork and jewellery.
All the displays are adequately spaced and placed at various heights, meaning you can spend as much time as you like admiring your favourite piece.
Workshops are also held regularly at the space, and if you get hungry there is a small cafe serving up steaming cups of hot coffee, light snacks such as scones and toasted sandwiches, as well as salads and burgers.
An accessible toilet can also be found on site.
You can experience the true beauty of the fourth largest sand island in the world by going on a tour with a true-blue Aussie larrikin.
G’Day Adventure 4WD Tours host multiple tours on Bribie Island, with one of their most popular tours being the Bribie Island 4WD Beach Tour.
Your tour guide Jason will take you cruising along the beaches of Bribie Island to visit the tea-tree lagoons and the Bribie Island National Park.
While the tour is not fully inclusive, if you can get yourself in and out of a four wheel drive it is well worth a trip.
Jason is open to the idea of purchasing an appropriate hoist for his vehicle to assist people getting in and out of the car, or if you have your own hoist on the island, he will pick you up from where you are staying.
Aussies love a good barbie, and now you can cook up your own feast while cruising on the beautiful blue waters of Pumicestone Passage with BBQ Boat Hire.
They have four different boats you can choose from - three of which do not require a licence.
The two larger boats can comfortably fit up to three wheelchairs, meaning you can gather a group and spend a few hours seeing all the sites while eating your favourite foods.
If you’re keen to drop a line in, the Pumicestone Passage is teeming with fish throughout the year, so you might get lucky and reel in a few beauties. For those interested in facilitated fishing trips, Able Anglers offer an inclusive weekly experience specifically designed for people living with a disability or mental health illness.
Only a short distance from where you board and disembark are newly constructed playgrounds and accessible toilet blocks.
If you’re looking for a place to rest your head, the Big4 Holiday Park Sandstone Point is located just a stone’s throw away from Bribie Island on the glistening shores of the Pumicestone Passage.
There are two fully accessible accommodation options available where you can relax and unwind. The bathroom is very modern and the entrance into the villa and the patio is step free.
This popular resort also features a waterplay park, a pool, jumping pillow, playground, tennis courts, barbecue areas and more, which is sure to keep everyone entertained!
If you consider yourself an adventurous person that likes to give anything and everything a go, you should meet Dave from Bribie Island Hire Hut and Tours.
Dave is more than happy to help people get set up in something that suits their abilities, whether that be kayaking (they all come with back rests for stability), or four-seater powered bikes, which are great for people who can independently move on and off the vehicle. Both options are great ways to see the island from a different perspective.
If you have a larger range of mobility, there are also go karts, Stand-Up Paddle Boards and electric scooters you could try!
Dave is happy to help you get started in something that suits your abilities, and to be more inclusive in the future, he is looking to purchase a recumbent water bike which is hand propelled.
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