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Travel Notes | Bribie Island

It’s easy to find that little slice of paradise on the eastern shores of Australia. If you have a car, there’s a good chance, you’ll find some tranquillity among the madness. Being outdoors is part of the good old Aussie culture. It’s a fact that if you live in Brisbane, you have to travel to find a decent beach. It’s not a long drive, but the beach is not as easily accessible as places such as Cornwall. It’s an easy sacrifice given the beaches in Australia are far superior to those in Cornwall. Every local knows, if you want to find a good beach near Brisbane, you need to head north.

Bribie Island is situated between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in Moreton Bay. It is believed that the name of the island came from a corruption of a mainland word for it, Boorabee meaning 'koala bear'. Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. The others are Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Bribie Island is 34 kilometres (21 miles) long, and 8 kilometres (5.0 miles) at its widest.

Let’s set the scene, the drive is scenic, accessible by boat or bridge, you are instantly taken to tranquil salvation. Once over the bridge the atmosphere seems to just relax, the folk are welcoming, the beaches are golden, and the views are beyond phenomenal. It’s worth noting there is an overflow of fish and chip shops to really set the tone of “seaside town”. Just before the bridge to Bribie Island lies one of the best watering holes north of Brisbane, Sandstone Point. The bar not only offers a huge range of beers but also has one of the biggest beer gardens with views of the ocean and mountains in opposite directions. Sunday sessions here are sweet!

Woorim is considered the surf part of Bribie Island, it’s not the best surf on offer. The waves are small and a massive shore dump, you’re better off venturing further North. If fishing is your thing, there are plenty on spots on offer from the beaches to the Sandstone Point Bridge. With views of the neighbouring suburb of Caloundra, there is easy access back and forth by boat via the Pumicestone Passage. The hiring of boats are popular along this route, expect to see a few BBQs in the bay.

Bribie Island may not have the best surf in Australia, but, it's still worth the visit. The golden beaches (also dog friendly), the copious amounts of fish and chip shops, and Sunday sessions at Sandstone Point! Bribie Island is perfect for those looking for a daybreak away from the city but not wanting to venture as far as the Sunshine Coast. With crystal waters and views overlooking both the Glass Mountains and Stradbroke Island in either direction, you’ll find that little slice of paradise no doubt!

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