From the beautiful ocean-side beach of Woorim, around the tip of Red Beach and north through the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island is all about water. This charming sand island is surrounded by the Moreton Bay Marine Park, home to some of the most fascinating sea animals in the world. Bribie Island also hosts plenty of opportunities for fun and relaxation – in, on or near the water.
Woorim has the closest surf beach north of Brisbane and is patrolled by lifesavers in the summer months. Obtaining a permit allows four-wheel drive travel several kilometres north from Woorim along the sand, which stretches up to the tip of Bribie Island, overlooking Caloundra. Along the way, check out the gun-emplacement bunkers that operated as Brisbane’s defence against invasion in WW2.
Simply lounging on the ocean beach affords views of Moreton Island and the sand blows of Tangalooma. Not many minutes will go by before you see a container ship navigating the shipping channel that runs the length of the island and into the Port of Brisbane through Moreton Bay. Perhaps a pleasure boat will cruise past on its way to watch the humpback whales during their migration from the Antarctic summer feeding grounds to breed in the sheltered waters of the Barrier Reef. Closer in, you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins frolicking beyond the surf.
South of the surf club, the beach curves around Skirmish Point. Some say it was here that Matthew Flinders and his friend Bongaree first met Bribie’s Aboriginal people, but it is more rightly held to be the point where Flinders’ vessel, the “Norfolk”, anchored. From there the crew took a row-boat around Red Beach and into the Pumicestone Passage where an interesting visit took place on the shore where the village of Bongaree now sits. (Reading “Bribie the Legend”, by Warwick Outram, would make great holiday reading!)
Red Beach is at times bustling with activity, especially during the mullet season. At the right time of tide and day, in the right weather and with luck on their side, local commercial fishermen look from the beach for the dark shadow of a school of mullet . Boats drag haul-nets from the shore around the school to bring in the fish, which are sold as seafood and as bait for fishing and in crab-pots. The roe, or egg mass, of mullet is also a valuable export.
Buckley’s Hole Environmental Park is an artificial freshwater lake near South Point, which can be reached via the beach or along a track from the Boulevard. A quiet wait in the bird hide will usually be rewarded by sighting of local and visiting shorebirds- spoonbills and kites, honeyeaters and moorhens. Over 190 species of birds enjoy the sanctuary of Buckley’s Hole. (Getting hold of “Birds of the Pumicestone Passage and Environs”, by Beverly Durrant and Ian MacCrae will help you to identify and appreciate the wealth of bird-life you can see at Bribie Island)
Every trip to Bribie Island is blessed by the pelicans that grace our waters. Who doesn’t love to count them, sitting high on the lamp-posts, as we cross the bridge? The pelican’s clumsy gait and comical bill streamline into beauty when in flight. Pelicans breed inland and only venture to the coast when almost fully grown.
In Part 2 we will enjoy the delights of the Pumicestone Passage, north of the Bridge.
Would you like to create some special memories with family and friends? We have the perfect way to get you out on the water in one of the most picturesque locations in Queensland!
Bribie Island is home to the beautiful Pumicestone Passage, offering a diverse range of activities for all ages including fishing, swimming, bird watching and more.
Cruising the river in one of our BBQ boats will allow you to explore and take in the many beautiful sights it has to offer, with views of the stunning Glass House Mountains and colourful sunsets that are simply so breathtaking you won’t want to leave!
The Moreton Bay Marine Park has an extremely high concentration of Dolphins giving you the chance to witness these playful creatures in their own natural environment..What is better than that?
The Pumicestone Passage is also abundant with Turtles and Dugongs providing an opportunity for you to enjoy the company of these quirky creatures from the comfort of our BBQ boats while you enjoy a cool drink and a BBQ.
Our drive yourself BBQ boats are the ultimate way for you and your family to explore and enjoy the clear waters of Bribie Island at your own pace. There are numerous spots to stop and enjoy a fun swim or play on the beach with the kids.
The advantages of hiring one of our BBQ boats are many, including the convenience of having a toilet on board as well as 20 litres of drinking water, a gas bbq and comfortable cushioned seats with plenty of table space for a leisurely lunch.
The freedom offered by having all of the above inclusions with our boat hire means you get enjoy a day out on the water in one the best locations in the world without the hassle of finding a bbq or toilet.
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