As the cost-of-living crisis surges on, affording luxuries like holidays may seem impossible to manage, let alone justify. So, what’s the solution? Well, if you live in a holiday destination—as the winner of Mater Prize Home lottery No. 305 will—the easiest option is to simply holiday at home! Here are 8 ways to make the most of Bribie Island’s spectacular attractions and natural wonders like a visitor.
If whacking the day away on a lush, rolling golf course is your idea of holiday fun, the Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club should rank high on your Bribie Island bucket list. Flanked by national parks and frequented by players and local wildlife alike, the world-class course is rightly regarded as one of southeast Queensland’s finest, seamlessly blending challenging design with stunning landscapes and that fresh island air!
And, best of all, it’s situated right over the back fence of the sensational Mater Prize Home lottery No. 305 home—so it’s only a short amble home post tee-time!
With more than half the island designated as protected national parkland, Bribie certainly has the feeling of a wild and unspoiled paradise. With such a vast and rugged area to traverse, the best way to discover it is from the comfort of a 4WD cabin. Be sure to secure a beach permit to drive along the shoreline, and head north to find old forts, serene swimming spots and more!
Getting away for a day with nothing but a rod and reel is sometimes the best medicine. There’s no shortage of special spots or fish around Bribie’s abundant waterways—some of the most popular include Pumicestone Passage, Bongaree Jetty, the canals, Gallaghers Gutter, and Poverty Creek where you’ll hopefully pull in a varied haul of snapper, bream, whiting, mangrove jack, flathead, and even some good-sized mud crabs! Be sure to avoid the no-fishing zones—and remember to pack nibbles and drinks aplenty! And… relax.
A delightful diversion for both children and adults, the Bribie Island Butterfly House is home to hundreds of butterfly, caterpillar, plant, and flower species, all living harmoniously in one magical and biodiverse facility. Stroll around at your leisure and learn lots of unusual facts along the way—and wear bright colours to increase the chance of the butterflies coming over to say hello!
Unsurprisingly, this lush little islet does seafood as well as anywhere, if not better! But more than that, there are coffee shops, brunch spots, and beachside boltholes all guaranteed to make you feel as though you’re dining your way around a faraway holiday town. Some of our local favourites are Savige’s Seafood, Annie Lane Café, and Sue’s Bar & Grill… to name but a few!
You needn’t go far to get those camping holiday vibes—Bribie Island Recreation Area offers a range of experiences from beach to bush, and sites to suit every type of camper—novice to pro. The northernmost part of the of the island offers remote and facility-free beachside camping, while Pumicestone Passage, Poverty Creek, and Mission Point pack in a variety of basic and self-sufficient sites, some with toilet and shower blocks. You’ll need a 4WD or boat to access the area and be sure to obtain the appropriate permit before setting off.
They may not be the brocantes of Paris or the bazaars of Istanbul, but the sweet local markets of Bribie Island still pack in that holiday whimsy with a quirky mix of wares spanning coffee, produce, clothing, crafts, gifts, and bric-a-brac. The Bribie Island Rotary Markets are held every second Sunday of the month on Toorbul Street, Bongaree, while the Bribie Island and District Community Chest Market is staged every third Sunday of the month at the same location. Ready… set… shop!
An island holiday is not complete without making a splash in the sparkling sea, and Bribie Island has no shortage of beaches, boating, and watersports to capture your attention. Take a guided jet ski tour, jump on an eco-cruise, sail out on a SUP, or simply dive in at one of the beautiful local swimming spots.
If you’d like to take up residence at one of the country’s most delightful holiday destinations, be sure to buy your tickets in Mater Prize Home lottery No. 305 today! Not only will you stand to win a stunning home, two cars, a jet ski, golf cart and clubs, plus a huge $500,000 in cashable gold bullion, your ticket purchase will also support the vital medical research and patient care at Mater… and there’s no bigger WIN than that!