6. Bribie Island

With a blue sky for the first time in the trip, I was interested to take a look at some coastal areas. Due to the Moreton and Stradbroke Islands, Brisbane doesn't have any ocean beaches nearby, so it is quite an undertaking to actually get anywhere where there are waves. Anyhow, after taking a look at the map, I saw that Bribie Island to the North was partly open to the ocean, and should be worth a look.


Although closer than Caloundra, Bribie Island is still a fair trip out of Brisbane, and it seems that large scale development is only just reaching it. This is the main street of the township of Woorim, which is the development on the ocean side of the Island.

North Street

It looks like mid-rise development has just reached town.

I was a bit surprised when I first walked out to the beach. It was a little underwhelming, but yet interesting.

Woorim Beach

My first thought was what a narrow strip it was with a steep edge to the dunes... almost like someone had been playing with a buldozer on it. The next observation was just how flat the water was. It wasn't going to be a place to try and catch waves. I asked whether that was normal, or just a particularly quiet day, and apparently you don't normally expect a lot in the way of waves there.

Woorim Beach

With such quiet water, it was reasonable to take the camera for a walk out in it. So this is what it looks like from out in the water looking over the back of a minature wave.

Woorim Beach patrol

As with most beaches around the world, there was a small army of white seagulls at the ready to devour scraps left by idle beachgoers.

Seagull on patrol

A little further to the North, the beach opens up a bit, but still the waves had the same size and consistency. Here Moreton Island can be seen in the distance.

Skirmish passage


Having experienced the beaches, I returned to the western side of Bribie Island. Here there is the township of Bongaree. It is again a quiet town, this time opening out to the flat waters of Moreton Bay. Brennan Park stretches along the coastline, and has nice views out over the bay.

Moreton Bay from Brennan Park

Toward the south there is the Buckleys Hole, which presumably closes in as a lagoon, although when I was there it was open up to the bay. There was a solitary fisherman out on the point.

Buckleys Hole

This area is quite close to Beerburrum and the Glasshouse mountains, and the mountains can be seen across the Pumicestone Passage which separates Bribie Island from the mainland.

Glasshouse Mtns over Bribie Bridge

Although it seems not be a surf destination, Bribie Island is a pleasant and quiet spot that hasn't quite yet been run over by the development of Brisbane. The modern quay and tract developments are getting close though, with the nearby Sandstone Point and Banksia Beach suffering from turn of the millennium brick-veneer housing developments.

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