A lovely walk on Moreton Bay's most accessible island
Bribie Island is the Moreton Bay region's most accessible island. With a laid back attitude, it is a perfect location for a lazy weekend. It also has a great little 8 km beach walk that takes you from the west side of the island over to the seaward side.
This is an easy walk along a beach. You will need a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water. The beach is best walked barefoot and during high tides you might need to make your way through the mangroves for short sections. However you should carry sandals or shoes with you as part of the walk is on bitumen paths or dirt tracks. You can even do the walk wearing shoes as most of the beach is hard packed sand.
The place to start the walk is at Bongaree Jetty. This area has plenty of off the street parking, though you would want to get there before 10 am to ensure that you can easily find a parking spot. There are also several cafes, restaurants, takeaway shops, bars and of course the famous Scoopy's Icecream.
The first part of the walk follows the footpath alongside Pumicestone Passage up past Buckey's Hole and onto Red Beach. From then it is all beach walking. From the beach you will have great views of Moreton Bay down to the Redcliffe Peninsula and the Port of Brisbane. As you round the headland, you will be able see all of Moreton Island.
Buckley's hole is the best opportunity for bird watches to see some of the local bird life. Along the beach itself it will mainly be seagulls and of course lots of very friendly pelicans.
The walk along the beach ends when you arrive at the Bribie Island Surf Life Saving Club on Woorim Beach. This is a patrolled beach so you will easily spot the flags. It is a great place for a cool off dip on a hot day. You can of course keep walking along Woorim Beach for another 30 km to the north end of the island, but Surf Life Saving Club area is the last chance to a bit of civilisation.
The Bribie Island Surf Club at Woorim Beach provides a safe place to swim
The Brisbie Island Surf Life Saving Club is a great place for a beer, coffee or meal. Dishes start at $15 and is great pub grub. Nothing fancy, but well done generous dishses. There are also several cafes, restaurants and takeaway shops in the vicinity as well as beach side locations where you can picnic.
There are several options for returning back to the starting point. The easiest and most pleasant is to walk the 5 km tree lined walking track along First Avenue with the last part of the walk through some suburban streets. The adventurous can follow the dirt roads that go through the bush land around the point, however these tracks are nothing special. The lazy or tired can easily jump on the bus across the island.
Bongaree has plenty of food and drink options as well as being a more kid friendly place for a swim. Of course, you can just as easily do the walk in the opposite direction.
Overall this is a lovely little walk that totals around 13 km in all. Nothing spectacular, but you can escape the crowds and enjoy working along a beach lined with bushland with places to stop to eat and drink at the halfway point.
I really do appreciate these walks you tell about however is it possible to include maps showing where they actually are and go as a picture gives a far better idea .Hoping and thanks for the articles-I know there must be maps available but a lot of us oldies are not that good with computers.I know that probably sounds like we are just lazy but it's true-some of us just can't use computers very efficiently,they are like foreign languages to us.Hoping and thanks,Graham.