Take a holiday, mini-break or day trip to Bribie Island

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Posted 24 January


Bribie Island is an ideal destination for a family holiday, romantic mini-break or day trip from Brisbane with kids. Thinking of making a move to Bribie Island? It’s become the mecca for boat owners, fishing enthusiasts and families wanting a conveniently located sea change. There’s so much to do, see and explore on Bribie Island.

Bribie Island

The Bribie Island Region

The Bribie Island area includes Banksia Beach, Bellara, Bongaree, Welsby, White Patch,Woorim, Beachmere, Donnybrook, Meldale, Toorbul, Godwin Beach, Ningi and Sandstone Point. Bribie Island was, and still is, the first choice for many Brisbane and Moreton retirees. And why not retire to paradise if there’s a choice of options from budget to opulent, with easy access to shopping, healthcare and entertainment.

You’ll notice some big changes to the Bribie Region as new luxury estates like Pacific Harbour at Banksia Beach and Sandstone Point Estate attract affluent lifestyle buyers. There are still plenty of affordable homes in the Bribie Island region, many with a quick, easy stroll to a white sand beach.

Perhaps Bribie Island’s biggest asset is the ‘community feel' it offers residents and visitors. It’s what draws each new generation back to Bribie Island for family holidays and what makes retiring here so worthwhile.

Day trips from Brisbane, Moreton and the Sunshine Coast

Bribie Island and its mainland neighbours are in the perfect spot for a school holiday day trip, whether you’re from the north, south or west. A day trip to Bribie Island makes one of those magical childhood memories, every single time.

Bribie Island Bongaree Jetty

Bongaree day out with kids

Bongaree is by far the most popular destination for a family day trip. The calm water beach, the fishermen on the jetty, Brennan Park (with the world’s most fun flying fox!) and of course, fish and chips, followed by ice-cream right on the beach. It’s a whole day of fun in one amazing spot!

Off-road adventures

If you’ve bought yourself a 4WD that you never use, Bribie is your destination this weekend! Pack up the kids and the fishing gear and head to gorgeous white sandy beaches – teeming with fish for budding young fishermen and ladies. Head to the north end of Woorim Beach or White Patch. If you’re lucky, you might spot some dolphins or whales while you’re out and about. 

Want to see some Aussie wildlife? Tour the Bribie Island National Park north of White Patch to spot gigantic goannas, kangaroos, kookaburras and migratory birds from Kakadu. Like all National Parks, treat it with respect, take only photos and leave only footprints.

Don't own a 4WD? Book a 4WD adventure tour with Gday Adventure Tours to see Bribie Island's natural attractions.

Bribie Island Community Arts Centre

Bribie Island Arts and Culture

Bribie Island’s Seaside Museum is a popular destination by the water in Woorim. Bribie Island has a surprising history and this contemporary museum is an excellent stop on your day trip.

Perhaps Bribie’s best kept secret is the Bribie Community Arts Centre. This unassuming gallery at Banksia Beach is a hot spot for art and creativity on the island. You’ll love the contemporary artwork for sale, including rare delights for the oh-so-popular-right-now a shabby chic beach shack design trend. Arts to be found onsite include lead lighting, lapidary, woodwork, painting, pottery, fabric work, glass work and jewellery.

Don’t forget that The Abbey Museum is on the road to Bribie Island and is a surprising little gem.

Bribie Island Aquatic Centre

Fun for kids with special needs

In addition to House of Happiness at Woorim, a holiday resort designed especially for kids with special needs, Bribie Island has plenty to do for all kids. Sylvan Beach park features a large wheelchair friendly play structure. The Bribie Island Aquatic Centre is an amazing little gem with fountains, spas and a real whirlpool! It’s so much fun, heated year round and can be accessed without using stairs.

Bribie has also hosted special needs fishing competitions and has wheelchair accessible play areas, toilets and showers at the Lion’s Park in Woorim.

Try some water sports, hire a boat or take a ride!

Want to try jet skiing? Want to self-drive a boat out to do some serious fishing? What about stand up paddling? Hire boats, paddle boards, kayaks, electric bicycles,segways and surry bikes to try something new, and see Bribie Island from a whole new perspective.

Red Beach Dog Friendly Bribie Island

Take the dog!

Red Beach at Bribie Island is a sandy beach where dogs can run free. The beach itself has very small waves and shade for mum and dad. Dogs on leash are also welcome at the Sunday markets, so you can make a day of it – for the whole family!

Beachmere Beach

Explore the local mainland beaches

Sandstone Point, Beachmere, Toorbul, Donnybrook and Godwin Beaches are all good options for fishing enthusiasts and also for younger children not yet confident in the water. When the tide is out Beachmere’s bay beach lets kids run free through the beach puddles – perfect for toddlers with lots of energy but not much experience with water.

Bribie’s famous markets!

If you are planning a day trip with kids from Brisbane or Moreton, consider making it the third Sunday of the month. Not only will kids be able to take a ride on a miniature steam train in Melsa Park, but the famous Jetty Markets will be in full swing. You’ll love the fashion, food, rides and bits and bobs for everyone in the family. Jetty Markets happen every Sunday in Bongaree but change weekly, so any time is a good time to go,and to go back.

On the last Sunday of each month the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre hosts its own crafts market, filled with lovely gifts and things for the home. Bribie Island Markets at the Marina have everything homemade, handmade,

Bribie Island Markets at the Marina have everything homemade, handmade, homegrown, retro, vintage and organic. The markets are on every second and fourth Saturday.

Stay a little longer – accommodation on Bribie Island

If your fond childhood memories were of caravan parks on Bribie Island, you’ve now got a lot of choices. There are still plenty of amazing spots for a budget caravan vacation but holiday homes, camping and even luxury hotels are all options now.

Caravan Park Camping on and near Bribie Island

With so many beautiful spots on Bribie Island, there are plenty of places to set up camp. Because Bribie’s home to a unique eco-system and is a refuge for migratory birds, please stick to the allotted camping areas. Most caravan parks will allow for tents too, just confirm when you book.

4WD Camping in The National Park

If you’re four-wheel driving this holiday, the Bribie National Park has a host of hidden treasures including the Bribie Bunker and freshwater lagoons. The official camping areas are around 16kms along the beach but remember to obtain your permit before you leave.

  • Gallagher Point bush camping – cooking area but no further amenities
  • Poverty Creek camping - open grass camping with toilets, showers and picnic facilities
  • Ocean Beach camping – showers, toilets, waste dump and cooking area

Pets are not permitted. Camping is also permitted at Mission Point and Lime Pocket but it is only accessible by boat. CLICK HERE for full list of information on each site.

While you're in the area, why not check out these other great Bribie Island locations?

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Looking for more things to do and see? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres, the volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge.

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