20 things to do on Bribie Island

As the only island in Queensland connected to the mainland by bridge, Bribie Island projects a carefree community feel with a combination of calm bay beaches and surf beaches ideal for either a leisurely swim or surfing safari. 

Bribie Island makes for a gorgeous island escape and is popular with nature lovers, water sport enthusiasts and families alike.

1. Play in Pumicestone Passage

Bribie Island

Pumicestone Passage is a protected marine park and safe haven for wildlife, running as a 35km channel between Bribie Island and the Caboolture coastline. A popular location for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, visitors can take a guided kayak tour, wind or kitesurf, go bird watching, pump for yabbies or simply watch the magic of a sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains.

2. Explore Bribie's beaches

Family enjoy the beach on Bribie Island

Boasting both a long stretch of surf shoreline and a calm protected coastline, Bribie offers the best of both worlds for the beach lover. For surfside fun and access to long, white sandy stretches of four-wheel driving areas, head to the popular Woorim Beach on the eastern side of the island. On the protected western side of the island, the beaches at Bongaree and Bellara are both favoured spots for families. With barbecues, picnic facilities, play areas for the kids and calm swimming spots, they make the ideal destination for a day out with family and friends.

3. Visit the Bribie Island Seaside Museum

Learn about the stories of Bribie and the people who shaped, lived and loved it at the Seaside Museum. Become acquainted with Matthew Flinders and his encounter at Skirmish Point. Reflect on the brilliant reclusive artist Ian Fairweather. Learn about the American troop occupation during World War II and get up close to the local bounty of the sea in the incredible fish collection of the Amateur Fishing Association of Queensland.

4. Jumping in a tandem skydive with Adrenalin Skydivers Bribie Island

Take the leap and book a tandem skydive on Bribie Island. If you've ever wanted to feel the wind rush through your hair from such a height - then there's no time like the present.

5. Getting back to basics with camping

The Bribie Island Recreation Area provides a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by 4WD, others accessible by boat. Try the Ocean Beach designated camping area, located 16km north of the beach access point on North St, Woorim. Find out more and get the right permits from the national parks service.

6. Savour stunning Bribie from the air

Oceanview Helicopters

Rather falling to the ground at scary speeds, join Oceanview Helicopters for a unique and fun view of the island. The Moreton Bay helicopter company takes pride in showing off beautiful places around the region and making memorable experiences for its passengers.

7. Hiring a kayak or join a kayak tour

Pumicestone Passage is gorgeous to look at, and even better to be out on. Hire a kayak from Bribie Hire Hut (they also rent stand uppaddleboards, paddle boats, electric bikes and 'zegways'), or join a kayak adventure tour with 24at - Bribie Island Fun Hire and Adventure Tours

8. Find romance as sun sets on the Island Gondola

Island Gondola Bribie Island

The gorgeous gondola seats up to six people – but is best for just two to watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic evening. Best of all you can BYO drinks and lunch or dinner can be arranged too.

9. Learn to surf with Bribie Island Surf School

Master the waves with expert tuition from Bribie Island Surf School. Experienced instructors will help beginners navigate the small waves and warm waters of the island. Classes are just $50 per person and run daily from 8.30-10am (best check for changes).

10. Sink beers or enjoy lunch at the Sandstone Point Hotel

On the mainland across from Bribie Island lies the trendy Sandstone Point Hotel with lush green lawns that roll into Pumicestone Passage. It's the perfect vantagepoint for island viewing. From time to time it hosts boutique music festivals on the green.

11. Taking an eco-cruise with Ferryman Cruises

Join the search to spot dugongs, dolphins, turtles, dingoes, jabiru, sea eagles, osprey and 360 other types of birds on an eco-cruise through the passage. With more bird species than the Kakadu, it will be a tour to remember.

12. Run a triathlon on the island

For more than 30 years the Bribie Triathlon Series has kept the island moving. Now there are four races each year which include a short course, long course and active kids triathlon.

13. Go 4WDing

Bribie Island sunset

4WD enthusiasts will love the opportunity to set up camp on the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Bribie National Park. Most of the island is made up of national park.

14. Explore the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre

This gallery is the heart of creativity and the arts on Bribie Island. Drop by the Banksia Beach building to see contemporary art, woodwork, pottery, fabric and glass work. Look out for market day at the centre.

15. Gather friends and rent a BBQ boat

Aerial of Bribie Island

BBQ Boats are essentially a floating pontoon. No licence is required to drive one, and cruising up and down the flat passage is easy. Pack an esky, buy some snags and set out for a day on the water with friends. There are a few companies that rent them – try BBQ Boat Hire Bribie Island, Bribie Boats, and Bribie Passage Kiosk & Boat Hire

16. Catch a flick at Bribie Twin Theatre

This boutique independent theatre shows the latest flicks (including 3D!) plus has all your favourite cinema snacks including choc tops, popcorn and coffee. Tickets are cheap too.

17. Life the lush life and hire jetskis

Just admit it, we all want to own a jetski so we can cruise around Moreton Bay, taking in the sights and jetting between islands. Boab Boat Hire rents jetskis to those with a boat licence.

18. Tee off at Pacific Harbour Golf Course

Golf Club: Pacific Harbour

This 18-hole championship golf course is one of the best in the Brisbane region. Water is the central theme of this Bribie Island course, with it incorporating the wetlands, watercourses and native vegetation to craft a “risk and reward” style par 72 course. Drop by for a round, take your clubs to the practice range, purchase new gear at the shop and dine in the course-side restaurant and bar.

19. Take the dog to Red Beach

People with dogs love hearing about new places they can take their dogs – and the white sands of Red Beach are another spot for your furry family member.

20. Get on a different sort of chopper...

Bribie Trike Tours will get your senses pumping with a trike tour of Bribie Island taking in spectacular views of Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay. The vehicle of choice is a bright blue Oz Trike Chopper four-seater, boasting a 1916cc high-performance engine and independent rear suspension that gives an exhilarating and comfortable ride.

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