Top 10 Things-To-Do In & Around Bribie Island
Located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Bribie Island is known for its sensational beaches, waterways, arts, food, and laid-back lifestyle. There are so many interesting things to see and do so you’ll need to stay for a few nights.
Here are our recommended top 10 things to do on and around Bribie Island:
Explore Bribie’s Natural Beauty
Immerse yourself in nature on Bribie Island. The beaches are plentiful and simply stunning with crystal clear water and soft sand. Take a dip , soak up the sun and breathe in the fresh clean sea air.
With an abundance of native flora and fauna, the island is a nature lover’s paradise. There’s a diverse range of marine life, internationally renowned bird life, bush walks and spectacular scenery.
Pumicestone Passage provides a home for sea-turtles, dugongs and regularly-seen dolphins, and bird watching is very popular with over 300 bird species recorded. In fact the island is recognised as one of the most important bird habitats on the east coast of Australia. Don’t forget your binoculars!
To get even closer to the natural beauty of Bribie, take a day out on the water with Ferryman Cruises. This smooth water cruise will venture into the heart of the Pumicestone Passage which is rich in wildlife. With mangroves, salt marshes, sand flats, coastal dunes and seagrass meadows, there’s a very good chance that you will spot dugongs, dolphins, turtles and sea birds.
The boat carries 52 people undercover with comfortable seating, and has open air decks and a bar. Morning Tea Cruises start from $39, and a Captain’s Lunch Cruise starts from $54.
Bribie Island Butterfly House
The Bribie Island Butterfly House is a local volunteer project, and since June 2017 has been welcoming many happy visitors. It’s a beautiful experience and the friendly volunteers are on hand to share their wealth of knowledge.
No need to grab a butterfly net – you’ll see hundreds of beautiful live butterflies flying around you, all bred in the state-of-the art breeding laboratory on-site! It’s an unforgettable experience. Open on Wednesdays and Sundays only, 10am – 4pm. Admission is $12 adults, $10 concession.
Bribie Island Clubs & Entertainment
The Bribie Island region is home to many cafes and restaurants as well as a variety of clubs within a stone’s throw of your Bribie Island accommodation.
The Bribie RSL is located only minutes from the heart of Bongaree and offers two dining options – the Social Café and Botanic Dining, plus three bar areas. As well as hosting live music and a variety of special events, visitors are welcome to book the courtesy bus to pick up and drop off at your Bribie Island accommodation.
The Bribie Island Bowls Club overlooks the stunning Pumicestone Passage and boasts four outdoor greens and a large modern Clubhouse. The Club, one of the largest Bowls Clubs in Queensland, welcomes visitors to enjoy meal options at the bistro or coffee shop, a drink at the bar or deck with water view,sor pick up a little something for later at the bottle shop.
The Surf Club is located in Woorim, a 10 minute drive from Bongaree. Daily Specials and Seniors’ Specials are on offer, as are the amazing ocean views. The menu features an array of fresh and cooked seafood delivered daily, as well as a “char-grill” section together with salads, pasta dishes, lighter options and snacks.
The Bribie Island Seaside Museum
In the heart of Bongaree and close to your Bribie Island accommodation, the Seaside Museum is a must-see for visitors.
Run by Moreton Bay Regional Council. the purpose-built museum is contemporary in design and has views to the parkland and beach. The main reception has a wonderful shop which sells some interesting Bribie Island souvenirs.
Learn about Bribie Island’s rich military history during WWII and discover the birthplace of modern seaside tourism. Entry is free, and the museum is open Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm.
Sunset Waterfront Stroll
Wherever your accommodation is located, you will find a stunning beach closeby where you can take an easy stroll, and the Pumicestone Passage side of the island is where you’ll find the most soothing and inspirational sunsets.
Take a picnic, cook up a storm at one of the many BBQs, or simply sitand soak up the surrounding natural beauty. Bongaree and Sylvan Beach offer stunning views of the majestic Glasshouse Mountains.
Each day brings a new inspirational sunset experience, and a chance to take some memorable photographs.
G’day Adventure Tours
Did you know that Bribie Island is the 4th largest sand island in the world? One third of the island is dedicated National Park, only accessible with 4WD. Exploring this unique island environment is easy -simply book a 4WD tour with G’day Adventure Tours.
Take a swim in the tea-tree stained lagoons and relax on over 30km of pristine white sandy beach on the ‘Bribie Island 4WD Beach & Bunker Tour’. Explore the WWII bunkers of Fort Bribie and learn the history of these structures. Or for the little more adventurous, take an optional Kayaking Tour of the tea-tree lagoon. A 3-hour tour starts from $77.
Bribie Island Hire Hut
For a whole lot of fun on or off the water, Bribie Island Hire Hut offers a wide range of affordable equipment options for hire. . Whatever pace or level of adventure you are looking for, you’ll be spoilt for choice – Kayaks, Go Karts, DC Tri 3 Wheelers, Electric Bikes, Stand-up Paddle Boards, Electric Scooters and more.
It’s a chance to do something different on your Bribie Island holiday, whether onland or exploring the waterways. You might spot a turtle or a dugong from your kayak! Hire prices start from just $15.
For a unique and engaging experience close to Bribie Island, the Abbey Museum is a treasure house of world history. There are many amazing artefacts on display from the Medieval Saxon and Norman invaders to the golden age of Europe’s Renaissance. You can also see the beautiful 13th Century stained glass in the nearby Abbey Church and a world-renowned Medieval glass collection.
The Museum’s gift shop offers hand-crafted jewellery designs, t-shirts, ceramics and an array of other goodies. Open Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm. Adults $12, concessions $8.50
Scenic Hinterland Day Trip
Escape for a day by taking a scenic drive up into the lushness and greenery of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Pack a picnic with delicious local goodies and discover the picturesque Kondalilla, Mapleton and Gardner’s Falls. Scenic lookouts appear seemingly at every turn offering spectacular views of the ancient volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains, rolling green hills, deep pockets of rainforest and Sunshine Coast beaches stretching to Moreton Island.
Prefer a little pampering? Enjoy true hospitality at charming and elegant cafés or award-winning restaurants with postcard-perfect views. Along the way, visit the charming townships of Maleny and Montville surround by lush green farmlands and rich with skilled artisans. Explore the unique shops and discover the thriving art trail with unique galleries and studios showcasing local artists and their original works.