Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published March 7th 2020
An adventure the whole family can enjoy
The northern tip of Bribie Island seems tantalisingly close when viewed from Caloundra on the mainland. Although there are rumours of people having swum across the Pumiceston Passage from here, we've always chosen to kayak across, most often from Golden Beach. It is a good idea to look for a tall tree or other landmark so that you can land back close to your car when you return.
Paddling to the northern tip of Bribie Island
For families who want to give kayaking a try, kayaks can be hired right on the beach at Golden Beach Hire.
As the tide goes out sand banks appear that are perfect for kids to play on
As we have kids, we are always particularly careful to choose days when the weather is pleasant and the wind is forecast to be low. This is an easy paddle for kids, however, especially on tandem kayaks. There are a number of sandbanks along the way, which make great spots for a break and a play.
Once you reach the island, there are a number of paths leading across it. We usually just take a bicycle lock and lock our kayaks to a tree. This is also a great time to give the kids a snack, and ensure that everyone is drinking enough water.
The surf beach at the northern tip of Bribie Island
The surf beach at the northern tip of Bribie Island is beautiful, and often deserted. Just keep in mind that there are no lifesavers here, so while it is a beautiful place to spend some time, it is not a good beach to swim at.
After the short return walk to your kayaks it's time to head back across the Pumicestone Passage. The clean, shallow water of this area often reveals interesting marine life that kids are fascinated by.
Watching marine life from the front of the kayak
As you head back toward the mainland, that landmark you took note of at the beginning of your trip becomes essential. In our experience, by this stage the kids are beginning to tire, and it's good to get back to the beach.
Tired but happy kids by the end of the adventure
Thankfully there are many great places to have dinner very close to Golden Beach. One of our favourite endings to days like this is to take fish and chips back down to the foreshore and watch for dolphins and other marine life. A wonderful end to a great day out on the water.
A dolphin between Caloundra and Bribie Island at sunset