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Bustling Bribie Island with kids

Bribie Island is the only Moreton Bay Island you can drive to, but that’s not the only feature that makes this picturesque spot unique.

Both sides of the island offer something for swimmers, boaties, kayakers, fishers and native lovers.

It’s a 45-minute drive from Brisbane, but it’s slow going in peak season because there’s only one way in and out and that’s the Bribie Island bridge. As you traverse across this there’s incredible views of the Glass House Mountains and Pumicestone Passage; it’s home to dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

As well as a great day trip, Bribie is also a hit with campers with three areas dotted across the island with low-key bush camping spots available. Bird lovers also enjoy spotting some of the 300 species that visit each year. Protected by by Environmental, National and Marine Parks, 86 per cent of the island remains unchanged.

We took our kids and their grandparents to a spot along Welsby Parade which is to the immediate right once you cross the bridge. The Bribie Island and District Community Jetty Markets were on, they’re held in Breenan Park Bongaree on the first Sunday of each month.

“As well as a great day trip, Bribie is also a hit with campers with three areas dotted across the island with low-key bush camping spots available. ”

A safe and family-friendly environment, if you get to Bribie early you can secure one of many shaded picnic areas, some with barbecues nearby and watering stations for pets. Just a quick stroll and the kids can frolick in the shallow and calm waters. It’s really a relaxing spot for all ages.

For those with adventurous kids, the jetty and pier is a great amenity to jump off or throw a line in. Many boats park up from here and jet skis can be seen whizzing past at a safe enough distance from where swimmers are.

It would be a great spot to bring a kayak and paddle around the foreshore of the island. You can hire boats, take a cruise and as one of the hottest places in south east Queensland to retire, it offers all amenities including a movie theatre, golf courses and eateries.


The Sandstone Point Hotel is located on the right-hand side immediately before the bridge to Bribie and is a popular haunt for families. It offers a massive 300 metres of grassy area where you can throw a rug and spend a few hours enjoying unobstructed water views and a meal or beverage.

The key to Bribie is getting there early to avoiding traffic or going off-season because being Queensland it’s still a warm sunny spot almost every day of the year. If you’re staying in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast this is a definite must-do day trip as you’ll get to see what the picturesque Moreton Bay has to offer.


When former journalist Emily Toxward isn't wrangling her three kids she's juggling the demands of writing and failing fabulously at being a domestic goddess. A writer for 20 years, she's always on the go and looking for an adventure. She lives on the Gold Coast, the ocean is her happy place and she keeps parenting real on her blog Have A Laugh On Me.

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