Bribie Island National Park
Bribie Island is a great place for a day trip from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast and is only 50-minute drive from the 2 places making it a very central place to stay while in SEQ.
The island is made up of 3 main parts the Council area this includes the residential, industrial & recreational areas, the State forest & the National Park.
Bribie Island National park has a 22km stretch of 4WD accessible beach track called ocean beach, if driving in this area a four-wheel drive is necessary, leaving the Eastern suburb called Woorim it is a 2km inland track to get to ocean beach.
Arriving on the beach you will have a great view of Moreton bay all the way over to Moreton Island. traveling along the beach you will pass 4 semi-tidal lagoons (Freshwater Lagoon, Norfolk Lagoon, Mermaid Lagoon & Welsby Lagoon) these lagoons are a great place to stop for a dip and are really good for your skin due to the antiseptic property in the tea-trees that has helped stain the lagoons a golden-brown colour.
Traveling further north along the island you will reach ocean beach camping area, with 63 camp spots along the beach this is a great place for your next camping adventure, don’t forget to get yourself a camping permit as the National park rangers do patrol this area and fines will be handed out if you don’t have the correct permit to camp.
Up from Ocean beach camping area, you will find the WWII forts, this area is known as Fort Bribie! a host of gun emplacements, mine control loops, & searchlight towers, these structures are scattered along the beach and were used to defend Brisbane during WWII. When constructed all the material were barged across from Caloundra to Bribie Island National Park to what is now a Lion’s Park 2km north of the northern searchlight, the materials were then trucked through the center of the island and built on site.
From the World War 2 forts, you can head inland along the bush tracks towards White patch. crossing over to the western side of the island, with lots of birdwatching opportunities along the way, you will pass Lighthouse reach, Pumicestone passage, Poverty creek & Gallagher’s point before ultimately arriving at Whitepatch
Poverty Creek is a good little spot for Camping or day use and has great views looking towards Mission point up to the glasshouse mountains and back down the Pumicestone Passage. this is also a great bush camping spot. with lots of opportunities for fishing birdwatching and just kicking back and relaxing.