Bribie Island National Park is located on the east coast of Queensland, 38 km from Caboolture, 68 km from Caloundra, and 65 km from Brisbane.
The park is known mostly for 4WD driving and fishing. You can explore open woodlands, fragrant paperbark wetlands, scrubby coastal heaths, and see the blooming wildflowers in spring and autumn.
The big highlight of Bribie National Park is a long wide beach that can be driven and camped. There are numerous campsite spots behind small dunes overlooking the sea.
Bring your kayak and paddle along the coastal lagoon past mangrove honeyeaters or black-necked storks.
Also, try fishing among the sandbars, and if you are lucky you can see dolphins frolicking in the water.
Pets and generators are not permitted in the park.
In general, the weather in Bribie Island is good all year round.
Winter nights are colder but still very reasonable to camp (min 10 C). In summer, even on hot days, there is a breeze coming from the ocean.
Best Time to Visit
All year-round. Spring and autumn are preferable for those who like milder temperatures and less rain.
Access & how to get there
Bribie National Park is accessible by bitumen Bribie Island Road, past Bribie Bridge.
Driving inside the park can only be done with a high clearance 4WD vehicle. It is due, the inland tracks have deep sand sections and you would get bogged easily in a conventional vehicle.
Since February 2020, there are surveillance cameras in use to scan car number plates. A penalty applies to tourists entering the park without a vehicle access permit.
Make sure you book your permit below.
We recommend taking the west entrance to Bribie National Park, camp in one of the camping areas (Gallagher Point or Poverty Creek – check below), camp on the beach, and then return by the beach on a low tide by Ocean Beach Access Track.
This way you complete a full Bribie loop seeing all the attractions and camping on the way.
Access from the west (via White Patch Esplanade)
Once you passed Bribie Bridge, you take the first exit on the roundabout into Sunderland Drive. Then, follow the road and later turn left into White Patch Esplanade.
After a short drive, you reach a small car park with Information Board that leads to inland tracks.
Access by Ocean Beach Access Track
Follow the road to Woorim and once you reach the small town take North Street. The street takes you to Woorim Beach car park from where you can take the inland Ocean Beach Access Track.
Recommended 4WD equipment for Bribie Island NP
- GPS Navigator or compass
- Maxtrax – if you get bogged, you can use it for additional traction
- Tyre Deflator – deflate tyres quickly when going on dirt or 4WD
- Air Compressor – inflate tyres quickly after going back on bitumen (we use MM)
- Tyre Repair Kit – to fix the tyre by yourself when you don’t have access to the tyre shop (we use Oztrail)
- Shovel – if you get bogged, better have it
- UHF Radio – for communication with your mates and in emergency
- Full Recovery Kit (with Dampener Blanket) – must-have if you are going on real off-road
- High Lift Jack – useful if you do serious 4WD tracks
- Fuel funnel with water filter – additional protection when fueling up in dodgy places
- Additional fuel canisters
Small campsite without facilities overlooking Pumicestone Passage.
Wide, grassy area with shady trees. You have to view Glass House Mountains over the Pumicestone Passage.
Good spot for fishing to get a flathead, whiting, tailor, or mangrove jack.
Perfect, secluded spot if you have a boat. Glass House Mountain in a distance.
A small campsite that is accessible by boat only.
Ocean Beach Camping Area
Ocean Beach Camping Area stretches for 3 km behind the sand dunes. There are many spots available and they are popular so book in advance.
You can drive to the beach, go fishing and relax. It can be very windy.
When driving deep sand make sure you drop your tyres pressure to 20 psi.
Located in Woorim offers camping sites, ensuites, villas, and cabins. It is the closest caravan park to the beach on Bribie Island.
Located in Bongaree just across the road from the famous Pumicestone Passage. You can view Glass House Mountains and Red Cliff in a distance.
If you are lucky you can spot dolphins, dugongs, or turtles.
There is a number of walking tracks and shops around.
RV Park in Bribie Island. No much information on the website but they have good Google reviews.
Things to do
The main reason to visit Bribie Island National Park is to do deep sand and beach 4WD driving, birdwatching, and fishing.
If you like the beach, camping in one of the Ocean Beach camping areas is a must.
For walkers, there is a Fort Bribie walk that reminds us of the history of the Second World War.
Fort Bribie 5km walk starts north from the point where the inland track adjoins the beach. On the way, you find gun emplacements and searchlight buildings that were built during World War II.
Back in 1940, the Japanese invaded the Coral Sea and large ships were heading to Port of Brisbane. Because Moreton Bay’s shallow waters were scattered between small islands and sandbars, the ships had to pass close to the land.
Bribie Island with its foredunes was a great place to place the guns of the Heavy Coastal Altirely Battery to stop the ships.
It is a must place to see when you are on Bribie Island. Note, that, right where the Fort Bribie walk ends, further north 4WD driving is not permitted.
Our Experience & Tips
We visited Bribie Island National Park at the beginning of June. Luckily the nights’ temperatures were around 14 degrees, so we enjoyed our stay.
We decided to camp for 2 nights in the Poverty Creek campground as it has toilets and showers.
One day we were surprised by goannas scavenging on someone’s site. Some people left some leftovers and the animals took it as an opportunity.
After two nights in Poverty Creek, we joined the inland track and drove to the north part of Bribie Island.
We visited Fort Bribie and slowly headed back south driving on the beach, stopping on the way a few times.
This time we did not plan to camp on the beach, but we had to check a few sites for the next time.
Have you been to Bribie Island National Park?
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