Think sand driving in the region around Brisbane and you think of Fraser Island
, or perhaps Moreton Island
. There you can have some great sand driving, camping, see wildlife both in and out of the water and generally enjoy life - but to do that you need to get there, and that can be a problem in the peak season.Bribie Island
is a mere 70km north of Brisbane, and has two 4WD tracks; a free-access, shortish one on the western side of the island starting from Mission Beach, and a longer one on the eastern side of the island for which a permit is needed; that's the subject of this Trek Note.
There's no problem with booking ferries to Bribie, you just drive across the Bribie Bridge and you're onto the 34km long island. Don't let your tyres down just yet, because the island has plenty of bitumen roads and is home to some 15,000 people who inhabit the southernmost 20% or so. The rest is largely a national park, home to 350 species of birds, and beaches.
You can go as far as 22km, to within 6km of Caloundra. There you will find a sign forbidding further progress due to the beach being eroded by 3.7m a year. The area is also used by land-yachters. Also towards the northern end are the fifty-odd campsites, spread along a 3km stretch of the beach designated by signs.
In summary, Bribie Island
isn't ever going to compete with Fraser Island
for sand-driving fun or scenery, but it's an easy four-wheel drive with plenty of spots for a fairly isolated family picnic. When you're all done there's many more attractions on the island to explore such as golf, scuba diving, bike hire, tennis, surfing, bowling, fishing, birdwatching, bushwalking or boat hire. And best of all, you've got a pretty good chance of just turning up and getting going!
How to Use this Trek Note
Click the "Map" tab below to see the route we've provided. Icons on the map are the POIs you'll need for navigation purposes. Be sure to check the list of Nearby Places
on each POI page.
If you'd like to save this information there are a couple of ways to go about it, depending on what you're actually after:-
- Ideal solution - download the ExplorOz Traveller App from Google Play or the App Store. The app enables you to carry the ExplorOz Places, Treks, & Maps data offline in your mobile device ready for your adventures. It is a complete mapping, navigation and tracking app. For more details, read our ExplorOz Traveller page.
- You can print a paper copy of the text using the print icon button shown above, near the social media buttons. For the best output it is advised to open each tab/section to load all images and artwork. You will still need to click open each Place page (listed in Where to Stay, What to See) to print off all available information.
- If you have a Hema Navigator or use Mapping Software such as OziExplorer, or TrackRanger AND you are an ExplorOz Member, then you can click the Download Trek button at the top of this page to obtain the raw data files (eg. GPX) for this Trek.
- If you're not a Member, or you'd like to batch download the entire Treks database you can obtain this by buying a product called EOTreks Route Files from our online shop.
About 80% of Bribie Island
is National Park where you will find 350 species of birds as well as turtles, dugongs and dolphins. There are also endless kilometres of unspoilt beaches and a few inland lagoons.
was used as a defence for Brisbane in WWII. Just past the camping area on the eastern side of the island, you will find WWII Bunkers and Gun Emplacements.