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Gallagher Point Camping Area - Bribie Island

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Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published June 8th 2020
An island camping escape less than 90 minutes from Brisbane
Gallagher Point Camping Area in Bribie Island National Park is a small campground on the edge of the Pumicestone Passage.

Gallagher Point Camping Area in Bribie Island National Park
Gallagher Point Camping Area in Bribie Island National Park has 6 large campsites, each separated by natural bush


Gallagher Point has only 6 campsites, each separated by natural bush, and looking out over the Pumicestone Passage towards the Glasshouse Mountains. This west-facing location is especially beautiful at sunset.

The Glasshouse Mountains across the Pumicestone Passage at sunset
The Glasshouse Mountains across the Pumicestone Passage at sunset


Highlights

Gallagher Point looks out across a wide intertidal zone. At high tide, it is suitable for swimming, while at low tide visitors can explore the mudflats looking for crabs and other interesting creatures.

The tide going out at Gallagher Point
The tide going out at Gallagher Point


Dolphins pass Gallagher Point at high tide, while white-bellied sea eagles and brahminy kites are frequently seen soaring above the water in search of their next meal. On lucky days, visitors may see dugongs feeding on the seagrass, or turtles making their way along the Pumicestone Passage.

Keep an eye out for curious dolphins, especially when kayaking
Keep an eye out for curious dolphins, especially when kayaking


Gallagher Point is a haven for terrestrial wildlife as well. Kangaroos and wallabies are frequently seen, and spotlighting with torches at night can reveal possums and other nocturnal marsupials in the trees. Bribie Island is home to dingoes, although they are very shy and tend to stick to the northern areas of the island. Goannas frequent the campground, and emus may occasionally be seen.

Goannas can be seen around the campsite, and will steal food if given the opportunity
Goannas can be seen around the campsite, and will steal food if given the opportunity


Gallagher Point doesn't have a boat ramp, but is perfect for kayakers at high tide. Catching fish for dinner is a very real possibility here.

High tide brings opportunities to catch your dinner
High tide brings opportunities to catch your dinner


Faciliites

Facilities at Gallagher Point are rustic. Fire pits are provided, so marshmallows are a must here! Visitors are asked to bring their own camping toilets and to take their rubbish home with them.

Gallagher Point provides campfire facilities, so remember the marshmallows!
Gallagher Point provides campfire facilities, so remember the marshmallows!


Getting here:

Bribie Island is the only sand island in Moreton Bay that is connected to the mainland via a bridge. Gallagher Point Camping Area is only 2Km from the shops and bitumen road at White Patch. However, 4x4 vehicles are recommended for this last 2Km and a vehicle access permit for Bribie Island National Park is required.

Campsites can be booked here. At present, in response to Covid19, Queensland National Parks campsites can only be booked up to one month in advance.

Gallagher Point Camping Area is accessed via a sand track that requires a 4x4 vehicle
Gallagher Point Camping Area is accessed via a sand track that requires a 4x4 vehicle


Things you should pack in addition to your usual camping gear:

Drinking water
Firewood if you plan to use the fire rings, or a fuel stove
Sunscreen, a hat, and SunSmart clothing
Insect repellent
Swimmers and extra towels
Rubbish bags
Torches for each member of the family

Gallagher Point is a fascinating place to go spotlighting for wildlife after sunset
Gallagher Point is a fascinating place to go spotlighting for wildlife after sunset


With only 6 private campsites and a semi-remote location that is not accessible to motorised boats except during very high tides, Gallagher Point Camping Area on Bribie Island provides an ideal escape on the water that is less than 90 minutes drive from Brisbane.

Remote, yet accessible, Gallagher Point provides a beautiful escape from the city
Remote, yet accessible, Gallagher Point provides a beautiful escape from the city
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Why? Remote camping on Bribie Island, the most accessible of Moreton Bay's sand islands
When: Anytime
Phone: 13 74 68
Where: Bribie Island
Cost: $6.65 per person per night, or $26.60 per family per night (unlimited number of children included)
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Looks like a great place to relax!
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