This is what it is all about; tranquillity and magical sunsets, birds and bubs and a boardwalk that stretches for a couple of miles in both directions. Just find a spot and bring out your fishing rod. If you are looking for calm waters to swim in, they are here; if you want a brisk walk or a bike ride, the path is all laid out for you. Are you a history buff? Then walk along and take in the heritage notices along the way, telling you just how it was.
Bribie Island (they say it derives from Borabee meaning Koala) is a very easy day excursion from Brisbane city. It takes about an hour and a quarter to get there and, of course, now we can travel over the causeway and get on to the island with no delays or complications. It was not always as easy but it was always an attractive place to come and enjoy the coast and to have some holiday time.
Bribie was one of the first tourist islands and a jetty was built in 1912 at Bongaree. The Brisbane Tug and Steamship company took tourists from Brisbane to Bribie and the trip took three hours and people could eat and play gambling games on board. Many thousands flocked to enjoy the island, its beaches and its relaxed atmosphere.
In 1963, the Bridge connecting the island to the mainland was built and this changed the way people accessed the island. Prior to the jetty (shown in the photo just completed in 1912), passengers were transferred to the shore in a square end punt with seats all around. The punt was hauled ashore and secured to a tree. That tree is believed to be the leaning fig adjacent to this site.
This photo was taken from ablog about the history of this area. Press on this link if you want to read more about the history of the area. Photo by permission of John Oxley Library.
Nowadays the tree looks a little like this;
The leaning fig
Bongaree is a suburb of Bribie Island in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. It is located on the western side of Bribie Island, adjacent to the Pumicestone Passage. In the 2016 census, Bongaree had a population of 6,947 people and this is where you can find the jetty, which is no longer used as it once was but there are plenty of people fishing or jumping in and enjoying the area there.
Pelicans waiting for fish
The recent works on the boardwalk have greatly added to the ease of enjoying this area with ample parking spots along the way under large Norfolk pines. There are parks and playgrounds for the children and a fair number of restaurants to cater to all tastes, whether fish and chips enjoyed on a park bench or a slap-up meal al fresco.
However you choose to enjoy it, there is an undoubted pleasure in just being there.