Nice beaches close to Brisbane
There is only one way on and one way off- pitty if there is an accident :(
If you love the sea but not crowds, go to Bribie!
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is a National Park in Bribie IslandYou 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...more
The great view of the Bribie Passage is the icing on the cake with a visit to this restaurant. The food was delicious and great value. A warm and friendly welcome was offered by Jeannie the owner. Warm bread rolls were a lovely touch while we perused the menu. I enjoyed Roast Duckling a la Orange with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The rest of...more
The area within a five minute walk of our hotel provided us with at leat 10 options for eating. These ranged from Fish and Chips shops, ice creameries, Thai, Chinese and a few upper market restaurants. One was hosting a wedding on Saturday night and the other treated us to a few delicious desserts. The options and price ranges were endless. The...more
On a recent day trip to Bribie, Lunch on the deck at the Woorim Surf Club overlooking Moreton Bay and the shipping lane leading out of the Port of Brisbane proved to be a winner. The view; the food; the wine list all proved to be much better than I had anticipated. The only area in which I could fault the set up is in the lack of easy wheelchair...more
The Blue Pacific Hotel or as we locals call it "Bluey's" is situated on the Surf Side of Bribie Island the suburb called Woorim.
This pub is a good place to eat and drink, they have live music every Friday and Saturday night. The staff are really friendly and the locals (me) are pretty friendly also.
Dress Code: No thongs after 6pm i think the rule is...
But other than that wear what is comfortable... it is a pub so nothing too flash.
Map thanks to translinkThere is a bus service to/from Caboolture R/way Station and Bribie Shopping Centre and Woorim (on the surf side of the island)Buses leave Caboolture just after every hour (8mins or 13mins past the hour) on week days between 6am and 8pm; & 8am - 5 pm Saturday; 9am -6pm Sundays & holidays. From Woorim to Caboolture - similar...more
Bribie Island is just over an hour from Brisbane and only has the one bridge on and off the island. When I was a kid we used to travel across to the northern tip of the island in a boat from Caloundra. On the island you will most likely need a four wheel drive vehicle if you wish to head out of the residential/holiday apartment areas. There were...more
This wonderful little shop I came across by sheer fluke. Its small, but has a wonderful array of merchandise.
I found some small individual tapas plates that were so cheap really and a delight. I bought 6. They could be used 2 ways, for serving, or as a small individual plate.
When we drove up the beach on the ocean side it was a bit of a worry with the two small children we had in our group. The normal road rules should be followed on the beach but never assume that all the drivers are aware of this. Also the beach WAS NOT patrolled and we did little more than let the two kids paddle very close to us. Even as a strong...more
I was pleasantly surprised about the amount of shopping on the Island (much more than your average small town) but in Bongaree there was a little less but more than enough to satisfy any emergency and a little more. The warning here though is that opening hours were not that regular and whilst some shops were open a lot, many like the one in the...more
On the otherside of the beach highway (as I think of it) are the fresh water lagoons. The kids had a paddle but they weren't clean enough for me although I am sure the colour is only from the plant matter rotting in it. I much prefer to look at the ocean and save the fresh water for when I am home in the bush.more
Whilst driving along the beach we spotted what we believe was a relic from World War 2. Please correct me if I am wrong but it looked like a place where gunners hid, that had been tipped on its side. Bribie Island has a history with regard to the war as a hospital ship was sunk offshore and moremore
On the way to Bribie Island, stop at one of the road side stalls. When I saw Pineapples for 10cents, and farm fresh, there was no way I could drive past. Mmm, flavor was awesome! Also along here, you can pick your own strawberries when they are in season, direct from the farm, doing it this way is cheaper, and we found them full of flavor.more