There is just something special about an island – gentle breezes, laid back attitudes, cocktails and refreshing dips in the ocean. It is the stuff of daydreams, because island holidays often cost an arm and a leg and are simply not something the average man can afford on a regular basis.
Unless you live in Brisbane! The beautiful river city is in close proximity to a variety of islands. You merely have to catch a ferry to reach your dream destination.
And then there is Bribie Island – a very special island connected to the mainland by bridge. The magic of island life starts while you cross the bridge with gorgeous views of the passage itself as well as the Glass House Mountains in the distance. The waterways are home to dolphins, dugongs, turtles and a host of migratory birds.
I enjoy this island even more because I know it is protected as a national and marine park. It means that 86% of Bribie will remain unchanged and that many generations will get to enjoy its natural beauty.
Bongaree, Bellara and Banksia Beach are to be found to the protected western shore. A stunning canal estate, marina and golf club are located in Banksia Beach. It also has a community arts centre, primary school and shopping centre. Bongaree houses two shopping centres, a high school, bowls club, aquatic centre, hospital, jetty and seaside museum.
Woorim is the only suburb on the ocean side. It has a small shopping centre, golf club and a surf life-saving club.
Where can you stay? There are a huge variety of accommodation available on the island from hotels to self-contained units. Both Bongaree and Woorim have caravan parks and there is also the opportunity for beach camping.
What is there to do?
Bongaree is a popular spot when you enjoy to swim in calm waters. There are plenty of parklands with picnic tables, BBQs and playgrounds along the foreshore to make for a relaxing day next to the water. Woorim is the only surf beach and the only beach that is patrolled on the island.
Fishing seems to be a favourite pastime on the island. We saw a lot of fishermen on the jetty at Bongaree, at Banksia Beach and at the marina.
Buckley’s Hole is situated in the south-west corner of the island. It is a freshwater lagoon with about 270 bird species calling it home. Right on the water is a lookout where you can expect to find more than just the opportunity to view birds. It is also the place where you will find enthusiastic and friendly local bird watchers who are more than willing to share their knowledge with you.
Explore the Pumicestone Passage
You can hire a boat to explore the Pumicestone Passage. If you do not wish to do it yourself, you can hop onboard The Ferryman. 4x4 If you like to get off the bitumen, Whitepatch is the place for you. Read our update here.
If you feel particularly adventurous, you can always go skydiving as Bribie Island is the landing spot for a local operator.