It’s rare to find a handful of amazing beaches all within a short distance, especially so close to a city. But that’s the beauty of Bribie Island. You get to live the island life and trade in city stresses for not-so-tough daily decisions such as ‘which beach will you head to today?!’ Bribie Island has plenty of beaches, and they’re all within close vicinity to our latest Mater Prize Home lottery No. 300. Each one offers something unique so you’ll become a regular at all of them—it just depends on your mood and agenda as to which one you’ll visit on any given day.
Quiet and calm, Red Beach is one of the few off-leash beaches on Bribie, and a favourite amongst local dog owners. On the southern end of the island, it doesn’t have any amenities, but that’s part of its appeal. It feels like a little local secret and is a great place to lay down a picnic rug and stay a while. The water is shallow and calm so you and your pooch will both enjoy getting your feet wet. If you’re up for a little exercise, walking from Bongaree or Woorim Beach to Red Beach is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.
Located on the eastern side of the island, which is aptly named the ‘surf side’, Woorim Beach is a patrolled beach that boasts a long stretch of white sand and great waves. It’s a great place to spend the entire day with the family, starting with breakfast at one of the restaurants nearby, followed by a few hours flitting between sand and sea, before fuelling up again at any of the many dining options in and around North Street. Woorim Beach also has barbecue and picnic facilities, a playground, and a skate park nearby. If you’re in the mood for an adventurous day out, you can get a permit to 4WD at the top end of Woorim Beach, where you’ll find some excellent fishing spots and the historical Fort Bribie.
Bongaree Beach has a bit of something for everyone. On the protected western side, the smooth waters are a top spot for kayaking, jet skiing, or taking your new Jet Surfboard and stand up paddle boards (included in the home lottery) for a leisurely day on the water. The Bongaree Jetty is a popular spot for fishing; it’s also a favourite spot for kids to jump off the jetty. With amenities like toilets and picnic and barbecue areas, along with a playground, cafes and an ice cream parlour, it’s a good spot to spend a fun weekend outdoors.
The gently sloping beach and calm waters at Sylvan Beach make it an ideal place for families, especially those with younger kids. Located on the western side, it’s nice and close to a car park and toilets, and there are cafes nearby, too. The golden sand is great for building sand castles, while the water is shallow and clear for safe splashing. Right next to the beach is Pirate Park (and another, Crest Park, a little further along), to break up the day between land and sea. You can even bring your dog along, although they need to stay on a leash.
All the way to the north is Ocean Beach. As the name suggests, it’s on the surf side of the island. Accessible only via 4WD a couple of kilometres from the national park entrance, the white sandy stretch is often free of crowds and offers the perfect day out amongst nature. Make sure you pack your camping gear—the Ocean Beach camping area is a peaceful spot 16km north of the beach access point on North Street, Woorim, just behind the dunes. Don’t forget to check out Fort Bribie—an old naval site from WWII—while you’re there.
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