Bribie Island experience

Bribie Gondola

Discover Bribie Island

Bribie Island is the most northerly and smallest of three major islands. These sandy islands form the coastline of northern Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. At the widest point, the island is eight kilometres with a length of 34 kilometres. Bribie is a fifty-minute drive from Brisbane Airport and just two-hours by car from the Gold Coast and is situated just south of the Sunshine Coast.

The island offers both man-made and natural attractions for a sensational visit. There are nature walks, a day spa, sky diving, outdoor markets, guided tours and cruises of the magnificent Pumicestone Passage, historical museums, secluded beaches, paddle-boating with the dolphins, surfing, sea kayaking and boats for hire. This is the perfect road trip complete with sun, sand and surf. There are also amazing hikes through the national park. The park encompasses 55.8 square kilometres offering everything from sand dunes to bush trails.

A Gondola on Bribie

An excellent way to experience Bribie Island is on the canals with a Gondola Cruise, especially if you’re interested in beautiful scenery of the area. The Sunset Cruise is divine when the sun sets over the glorious Glasshouse Mountains, like nowhere else. A well worthwhile experience to share with your partner or friends. Reserve a Cruise Here.

There is no need to travel all the way to Venice for a unique gondola ride because there is one available right on the island. The friendly owners are offering a choice of packages from a romantic experience for two, a family get-together or a fun trip with your friends. Whether the cruise is during the day or the evening, everyone will enjoy the delightful and interesting sights and you may see a pod of dolphins.

This is a perfect cruise to take in breathtaking areas including the glorious beauty of Pumicestone Passage and the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains. Many of these areas are only accessible on a tour. There is a cruise perfect for the desire of every visitor. There are romantic sunset cruises, sunrise or breakfast cruise and lovely lunch cruises.

The canals of Bribie Island offer a unique experience with the Gondola Cruise. You will be able to see spectacular views of Glasshouse Mountains that are impossible anywhere else in Australia! Your ride through these waters may even bring you closer than ever before as well, since it’s not uncommon for romantic couples who take this trip together every year to become inseparable afterwards.

Just Imagine floating relaxed on calm waters with someone very special. Some Gondola Packages include a complimentary bottle of wine, delicious chocolates or amazing desserts or a seasonal fruit platter. There is nothing more romantic than an island cruise. Enjoy the romance and simply let the gondola team make everything perfect. The gondola has even been refurbished with elegant wood detail, white lounge suites, mood lighting in the cabins and the ultimate in privacy and comfort.

The Best Things to Do on Bribie Island

Five community marketplaces operate within the island region and you can explore the waterside at Bongaree, Banksia Beach or Bellara. There are plenty of shops for browsing handmade and fresh produce, plant life, clothing, used and new merchandise. The Art Gallery at Banksia Beach is very impressive with a range of arts and crafts and so much more.

You have several options to be on the water on Pumicestone Passage to venture either near the Bribie Bridge, the amazing Canals or up through the passage and marine park. The passage is between the mainland and the island and heading towards Caloundra offers breathtaking views of the Glasshouse Mountains, the SS Avon Shipwreck, the historic channel founded by Mathew Flinders more than 200 years ago and the township of Toorbul.

This area is a Marine Park and you may be lucky to see spectacular sea life including sea turtles, dugongs and playful dolphins.

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More To Do on Bribie

Bribie Island and Pumicestone Passage offer a rich history, beautiful scenery and a range of wildlife. This ecological waterway is one of the most important in the world. Pumicestone Passage is the body of water dividing Queensland from the island. The waterway stretches 35 kilometres for an entrancing waterway providing a sheltered area for recreation. The area is ideal for all different types of water sports. Over 250 species of dugong, turtles, birdlife and dolphins inhabit the area.

The options on the island are nearly endless with white, sandy beaches at Woorim where you can also see the World War I bunkers. Nearby sensational golf courses are at Banksia beach and Woorim. Or learn to surf on shimmering waves near the Woorim Surf Club, or enjoy some quality time with the family or indulging in live music and fresh oysters at the Sandstone Point Hotel. Other attractive options include running, cycling or long walks on the amazing walkways along the waterfront.

Exploring Bribie also means delicious food at the takeaway food outlets, restaurants and cafes. The unique flavors of the island include everything from Indian to extremely fresh seafood. There is fried food, enormous prawns, salmon, pizza, seafood marinara pasta, steak and mushroom pie, vegan dishes, sashimi, sushi curry and so much more.

The Butterfly House is a volunteer project to bring the local community together. Not only do visitors have a great time and receive an education but the Butterfly House helps needy individuals both overseas and locally. The Butterfly House was originated as a residential property in 2013 only to become one of the best tourist attractions on the island. There are hundreds of incredible butterflies flying all around.

No trip is complete without visiting the Seaside Museum at Bongaree. Visitors will learn about the military history of the island during the Second World War as well as history of the original Indigenous and the experiences of early settlers. Melsa Train Park near the Bribie RSL club is a great place to spend the day with the family. Anyone with a passion for relics of the past or miniature trains will be in heaven.

Place to Visit on Bribie Island

Everyone should have a things to do list including exploring the beaches. The choice between the patrolled Woorim ocean Beach looking out toward Moreton Island, and the quieter Red Beach is difficult to make, but the beaches spread to the north and west. Bribie beaches offer kilometres of gorgeous coastline.

Another option is to Charter a BBQ boat for a personal fishing adventure or with friends. Get on the water to fish or explore while having some fun fishing on the island, you might even catch some fish. This is an easy way to explore the beauty of Pumicestone Passage by hiring their self-drive boat.

You can also take advantage of the G’Day Tours. This day trip is an adventure to some of the biggest sand islands in the world. The white sandy beaches of both Moreton and Bribie Islands are a dream come true. This is an opportunity to see the iconic wildlife of Australia, swim in the lagoons and relax on the soft, sandy beaches. The feeling of the wind and water in this picturesque setting is where the best memories are born.

Families interested in experiencing the beauty of nature, four-wheel-drive lovers, campers and fishing enthusiasts should spend some time at the National Park. There is nothing like touring the majestic expanse of beach, feeling the refreshing salt air, trying to catch dinner in the waters or cooling down in the freshwater lagoons. Visitors may get to see the antics of the turtles as they play on the beach while exploring everything the park has to offer. Take a four-wheel-drive along the many kilometers of shimmering white sand prior to setting up camp for the night.

The camping experiences at the Moreton Bay Region are phenomenal. Some areas are only accessible by boat, others with a four-wheel-drive. Taking the time to acquire the necessary vehicle access and campsite permits to enter the park is worth every minute. This is an unforgettable adventure guaranteed to make unforgettable memories. For a little luxury after exploring nature in the park, stop by the Sandstone Point Hotel. There is an unobstructed view of 300 metres of cool water. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the concert, hotel and restaurant venue. Since the hotel first opened in 2015, John Farnham and the Beach Boys and many other top Performers and Bands have put on incredible performances at Sandstone Point Hotel.

There is nothing quite like the view of Bribie from the skies. Every thrill seeker should skydive high above the island. For those who want the view without the dive, there are helicopter rides revealing the true beauty of the island from above.

A day trip to the island is a lot of fun. The island is actually so spectacular, it is worth making a trip from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast or a much greater distance and spending some time exploring.

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