Travel writer, with teenage kids, who treats Brisbane as a holiday destination...every weekend!
Published March 26th 2012
Fishing is a great family activity and easy to organise from Brisbane. You don't have to own a boat or have seafaring skills to have some serious fun.
Bribie Island is so close to Brisbane (a 45 minute trip from the CBD) and there are plenty of places to hire a tinny. The waters are protected and are the perfect place to throw in a line. Of all the "hunting and gathering" activities, fishing makes a perfect day trips and is sure to give rise to all sorts of fishy tales and exaggerations, with or without kids.
Having no nautical bent ourselves, we chose the sheltered waters of Pumicestone Passage, the strip of salty water separating Bribie from the rest of Australia.
We were on the hunt for bream, flathead, sweetlip, tailor and snapper and rented our boat, a little tinny, from Bribie Island Boat Hire just over the bridge as you arrive on the island. Other boat hire options include cruisers and kayaks from Bill's Boat Hire or BBQ boats from Bribie Boats.
The younger boaties amongst us selected the fishing spot and weighed our anchor. It was thumbs up every fish we hooked. And there were lots.
The plan was to catch dinner. Unfortunately every single little fishy was undersized so, in the style of Aussie fisherman Rex Hunt, we kissed each one and released it.
Being no great fisherwoman myself I left the bait and the tangles to the lads and feasted on the zen-like surroundings. The backdrop was stunning: the Glasshouse Mountains silhouetted against the blue sky, pelicans whooshing in to land, and all around other boaties pottering about on the waterways.
Landlubbers once more we hopped over to the western side of the island, just a short drive, to the beach at Woorim. As Bribie is protected by Moreton Island the surf is pretty safe, the sand runs for miles and there's heaps of space for family footy and a swim.
Seeing as our "hunting and gathering" had not been successful, dinner (fish and chips, of course) was at the award-winning Surf Club, on the deck overlooking the ocean while the kids came and went on the grassy dunes.
Bribie Island, near Caloundra, is just a 45 minute drive north of the CBD. It's the most northern of Brisbane's three sand islands and is 86% national park. A memorable day out.