Queensland...not far from Brisbane.
The name' Bongaree' comes from words that mean 'blackman country' I am told and this is where we spent a few pleasant hours not only meeting friends but also visiting the little complex surrounding The Blue Anchorage Bar and Restaurant.
You will see from the photos that the Blue Anchorage looks out on to the water and is adjacent to the trees and grass of the esplanade. And you are right next to the jetty.
The meal was quite nice. A bit 'greasy spoon' but not bad. Cost was very reasonable...we were guests at a celebration and did not have to pay.
There was a blackboard choice of 4 and the waitperson was happy to accommodate 'no sauce' sort of order.
Directly across the road from our hotel was the Seaside museum. Once again the short opening hours were a bit of a disappointment. We got there at 2.55pm so only had five minutes to walk around but the museum itself was most impressively done. Wish we had more time. Not large but covered the sea life, wartime history and more. Will definitely have to return here. Free entry and a small gift shop.
At Bongaree, and Bribie in general, there was plenty to keep kids amused. Not so sure about teenagers although there was a great skate park and an impressive skate shop at Bongaree. Smaller children would love the park, pool and beachside area.
On the Friday night of our arrival, while waiting for our Chinese, we wandered to the jetty. The kids love walking on it but not sure if the many fisherman felt the same about all the people. Lovely views of the lights back on the mainland too. There was even a little boat tied up to it.
Driving around on Saturday there were markets in Bribie which we didn't get a chance to stop at. Not to worry across the road from our apartment on Sunday was a smallish but lovely markets. Very old school and none of the commercial rubbish a lot of markets have these days. The beach views aren't too bad either.
This wonderful facility is situated in Sunderland Dr, on the way to Banksia Beach.
It is an Arts Centre and Art Gallery that has regular exhibitions.
The Craft part of the centre includes, pottery, wood work, needle craft of all types, art, paper tole, etc, etc.
Its open 10 - 4 Tues to Sun. and on the 4th sun of each month there is an arts and craft market. (this market may change its dates for easter and xmas so please check)
Buckley's Hole Conservation Park is situated in the south-west corner of Bribie Isand. It contains a freshwater lagoon, woodland, open forest and beach. Walking through here, I could hear heaps of Birds twittering. I found out that there are about 270 species of Birds calling this area home.
The park contains two shell middens of Aboriginal origin. Also, Matthew Flinders landed at South Point on July 16, 1799. This was the first documented landing of Europeans in southern Queensland and the scene of the famous skirmish between Flinders and local Aborigines.
Bongaree is on the Pumicestone Passage side of Bribie Island. This is the side that I like the best, the waters are calmer, and the Beaches are nice, the fishing good, and there is plenty of room for water sports.
The new Jetty is open and very popular! Fishing, and what a nice location it was for sitting back with the rod in hand , and views of the Glass House Mountains. At night time, the lights of Brisbane can be seen in the distance.
Children were having fun jumping off the jetty and into the water.
Also near the Jetty, is Scoopy's Icecream shop, which has a mountain of different flavours to choose from. It has been here as long as I can remember, is very popular with everybody!
We have sat here, and seen Dolphins on several ocassions.
If you haven't brought a picnic lunch with you, then try some of the nearby clubs, meals are reasonable and good, have been to them, and can't complain!
This Orchid Show is held at Bribie Island EVERY EASTER.
Not a large show, but who would expect a huge one, when the admission was only $4, including either morning or afternoon tea.
The display was good, and I saw a lot of Orchids that I had not seen before. Plants were for sale at quite reasonable prices. Raffles to win an Orchid plant in flower were only $1 for 5 tickets.
We had morning tea, A cup of Coffee, and two pieces of home made cake, very nice!
Held in the primary school grounds, just follow the signposts to the show.
If you are interested in the Bribie Orchid Society, the address is ....
P.O. Box 127, Bribie Island.
When you arrive at the Skirmish Point car park, you pass through a nature park before you reach the Beach. There are many walking trails through - out the park area. Once again, plenty of Birds were twittering, although I couldn't see what varieties they were, I could sure hear them! You will see Australian trees, including the Banksia growing here.
Red Beach is known as a good area to catch fish, especially "Winter Whiting", a very nice table fish.
This beach was pretty deserted, only a couple of fishermen and a man with his dogs. It is a dog friendly Beach. The sand is lovely and white. If you go swimming, be aware that there are NO LIFESAVER'S on patrol here.
It is located a little further on from Bongaree AND goes around to Skirmish point.
Make sure you lock your car, and do not leave any valuables inside the car.
Woorim Beach is on the side of the Island known as the "surf side." Woorim Beach is 30 km long and stretches from Skirmish Point to the northern tip near Caloundra. It has white-sand beaches, and a safe swimming area patrolled by the Bribie Island Surf Living Saving Club.
Woorim Beach is the closest surf Beach to Brisbane and is situated on the Eastern side of Bribie Island.
As the Island is protected by Moreton Island, the surf at Woorim Beach is popular for families.
About 3,000 people call Woorim home.
There is a caravan park, and it is also the access point for people wishing to take advantage of the ‘on the beach’ camping facilities.
This area has had a face lift in recent years. Now there are Cafes, coffee shops, surf shops and more.
Showers and Toilets are located in a lawned area next to the beach. These are fairly new.
Up at Banksia Beach on the foreshore there is a wading bird sanctuary you can visit.
There are some static posters that are explanatory and worth reading and a lagoon for the birds.
There is a hide by the posters that has viewing apertures for people.
Stupidly when I visited Bribie Island I left behind my 100-300 lens. I wont do that again, and I promise I will return and take better photos
This is a National Park in Bribie Island
You are able to camp here, (for a nightly fee per person,) picnic in certain area's, and go for bush walks. You do need a vehicle service permit to drive in the national park and all vehicles must be road registered 4 wheel drives.
Both camping fees and vehicle service permit fees MUST be paid for before entering the national park.
This can be done 3 ways.
1/ You can visit the website www.qld.gov.au/camping
2/ You can ring 131304
Both these method's require either a visa or mastercard
3/ You can call in to the Bongaree Caravan Park, Welsby Pde, Bongaree and pay in person.
NB using option 3 may result in disapointment if the camp sites are booked out before you arrive.
There is a huge range of native flora, fauna and wildlife to be seen here.
The beach at Woorim is the only beach that has any surf that is accesable for all. The beach itself is great, has a surf patrol, a surf club with a bar and restaurant, also a pub, other sundry shops and cafe's.
NB There is disabled access to the beach at certain points