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Published August 15th 2014
A taste of Venice, beachside lunch and museum visit
It's so easy to take for granted the natural beauty that's right on our doorstep and Bribie Island is so close to Brisbane that it's the perfect destination for a day trip. Earlier this week I did just that - pointed the car in the direction of north and headed up to Bribie for the day. It was a perfect morning, thank heavens, because I was heading out onto the water.
Island Gondola is a new attraction and offers a unique experience. Melanie and Quinn Pryde are the proud owners of the gondola, "Classique". They have invested much time and money in their Venetian-style gondola and it's all paid off. It's looking fabulous with its black, gold and burgundy exterior and an equally impressive interior, with white leather seating, rich mahogany timber work and beautiful red cushions. All this with a backdrop of elegant silver-toned wallpaper and plush burgundy velvet drape. With a bottle of bubbles on ice and decadent looking chocolates waiting to be sampled, this cruise definitely had a luxurious feel!
The luxurious interior of "Classique". Photography by Melanie Pryde
Quinn, who is a qualified coxswain, steered us out of the Harbour and into Pumicestone Passage, powered by an electric motor that was whisper quiet. This leisurely cruise took us out into the Passage, where the Glasshouse Mountains provided a dramatic backdrop. It was a truly wonderful experience that I would recommend to everyone and would be perfect for a special occasion. Check out the website for information on price, dining options (and there are several), bookings and other details.
Sunsets on Pumicestone Passage are breathtaking - perfect for a gondola cruise. Photography by Melanie Pryde
With all that salt air in the lungs, it was time for lunch and I just couldn't go past Scoopy's Ice Creamery and Sidewalk Cafe, next to the jetty at Bongaree. Well known for their ice creams, this is a very popular spot for locals and visitors alike. However, I needed lunch and for a very reasonable price refueled with a bacon, banana and cheese melt and a vanilla malted milk.
Sitting in the shade and enjoying the view across the park to the jetty, I couldn't help thinking how Bribie has really changed in recent years. The waterfront now accommodates day trippers and picnicing families with BBQ areas and picnic shelters with views of the Passage.
Day trippers and families are well catered for at Bongaree
The exhibit explores the issue of plastic polluting our beautiful oceans. A clever and thought provoking exhibit, even the kids have their own activity station, with the emphasis being on our marine life.
Permanent displays include the histories of explorer, Matthew Flinders and island artist, Ian Fairweather. You will also find a replica of the "Coopa" and stories of its part in Bribie's history. A vast collection of preserved marine life is housed behind glass - something the kids were really enjoying! Entry to the museum is free so why not pop into this museum that seems to be one of Bribie Island's well kept secrets.
The preserved marine life display was popular with the kids!
Great article! I love Bribie and the museum and the gondola sounds amazing. There is also a really good community arts centre on the island called Bribie Island Community Arts Centre BICAC, that is well worth a visit.