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Published March 12th 2014
A day out for everyone that even your wallet will enjoy
Last Saturday saw us heading north on the Bruce Highway to a place that makes you feel as if you've stepped back in time ....
Roughly one hour from Brisbane we arrived at Sandstone Point, just before crossing the bridge to Bribie Island. This destination really is a hidden gem. At the end of Kalmakuta Drive there's a great little spot with absolute waterfront views, picnic tables and chairs, BBQs, playground and toilets.
Bribie Passage Kiosk and Boat Hire sits in prime position and this is where memories of family trips to the beach kicked in. The kiosk is reminiscent of the old beachside "shops" that I used to visit as a kid. Here you can buy burgers, milkshakes, ice creams, newspapers, bait, tackle, ice etc.
I indulged in a burger that was everything a good burger should be and then washed it down with a good old fashioned milkshake. The kiosk also hires out tinnies, catamarans, and kayaks. There's a lovely garden area where you can sit back, enjoy a bite to eat or drink and just watch the world sail by. For further information on hire equipment and refreshments go to www.bribiepassagekiosk.com.
The kiosk takes care of all your needs for an enjoyable and hassle free day on or beside the water.
If you have young children, there are small areas of beach with enough sand to build sandcastles and dig holes. Just how much beach you'll find will depend on the tide. This is also a beaut spot for the kids to have a splash as there are no menacing waves. I would, however, recommend that they wear aqua shoes or joggers as there are rocks and tree roots on the water's edge.
Take your camping chairs and you can sit right on the beach to keep any eye on your littlies. When the novelty of the beach wears thin or the sun gets too hot, there's the playground to discover and keep little people happy.
Don't forget to pack the bucket and spade as there's a perfect beach for kids to get creative.
For the boaties, there are two boat ramps nearby and plenty of parking right next to the water – a great set up for anyone keen to paddle their kayaks along the passage. My hubby did just that. He disappeared for about two hours on his kayak and I just sat with my book and enjoyed the sea breezes and spectacular view across the passage to Bribie Island. A few hopeful anglers were trying their luck off the beach but I didn't see anyone pulling in a catch. It's a good thing the trawlers have more luck with their catches!
Plenty of parking close to the water makes this spot ideal for those looking to have a paddle.
There is a caravan park right next door if you were keen for a full weekend on the water and on the other side is a marina, complete with a fish and chip shop where pelicans get a good meal every day. We were amazed to see how many of these birds flew in for a free feed! It was really refreshing to find a spot where we didn't have to open our wallets to pay for the pleasure of enjoying one of the prettiest waterfront views.
The only cost involved with this day out was lunch and if we'd realised what facilities were available here we would have packed a picnic lunch or a BBQ hamper. Next time that's what we'll be doing and perhaps adding a few cold drinks to enjoy as the sun sets over the Glasshouse Mountains.