If you like to go for a drive on the beach, you’ll love White Patch.
Is it much closer than Rainbow Beach if you leave from Brisbane, but just as beautiful.
You can access the beach directly from Woorim or take the long way round via White Patch. The Northern access road is a sandy track that will lead you to the beach. It is rough going at times with very loose sand and is recommended for 4wds with high clearance.
There are various roads splitting off from this one leading to camping or picnic spots. The first turn off leads to Gallagher Point. It is a small camp ground situated on the Pumicestone Passage with no facilities.
If you like your camp ground a bit more civilised, continue on the Northern access track to the turn off for Poverty Creek. This camp ground has toilets, showers, waste dumps, cooking areas and picnic tables.
Neither of these camping grounds have boat launching facilities. However, if you continue heading up the island, you will come across Lighthouse Reach camping ground. There are no facilities at this camp ground, but it has a boat ramp.
Just a little further up the road you will find Fort Bribie day use area which features toilets, showers and parking. Adjacent to it is the access to the beach. The normal rules of accessing only during low tide, 50km/h speed limit and 30km/h speed limit close to camping areas apply.
You can only travel a short distance north as no 4wds are permitted past the northern searchlight. Or you can travel south along the beach all the way to the access point at Woorim. Along the way you will cross Welsby and Mermaid Lagoon as well as Norfolk Creek. All easy crossings during low tide.
It is a great place to stop and spend a couple of hours – white sands, blue ocean … pretty close to perfection.
Please note that vehicle and camping permits are required. In addition, you should be careful not to venture down any of the tracks at White Patch marked as no access. Heavy fines apply for anybody caught in unauthorised areas.