Most visitors to Bribie Island head to either the quiet waters of Bongaree or the surf at Woorim. However, there is a wonderful 8 km beach between these two locations that you might not even have heard of. Red Beach is an ideal place for walking, off the leash dog walking and a dip at high tide.
Bribie Island is Moreton Bay's most accessible island, lying just 1 km offshore you can drive there over the bridge. The island has a sleepy retirement village reputation but it is also home to an increasing array of nice bars and restaurants while still preserving some of the classic locations such as Scoopy's Ice cream shop and cafe.
Bribie Island is a popular destination for families
The casual visitor to the Island often finds the place a little boring, but there is a lot to do, including swimming at Woorim, kayaking Pumicestone Passage, fishing from The Bongaree Jetty and four wheel driving on the northern part of the island.
Bongaree Jetty is a popular fishing spot on Bribie Island
There are also regular markets, a museum and an art gallery. In addition, there are plenty of places to eat, from the basic fish & chip shop through to great restaurants. Across the passage is also the new Sandstone Point Hotel.
The reason I like Red Beach is that on one side is Moreton Bay, the other side is bushland. Often the best way to access the beach is to walk from Bongaree past Buckley's Hole. You can also walk from Woorim, but this end of the beach is not as nice, but still pleasant enough. Both ends of the beach are public transport accessible.
There are also 4 access points along the beach accessible via dirt roads that are suitable for any car. Kendall Access Road is by and far the most popular as the beach there is great for swimming at high tide. At the other end, Beach Access Road is popular with people who are trying to avoid the crowds at Woorim Beach.
Red Beach Activities
The most popular activity on Red Beach is walking. This is one of my favourite beach walks. You walk 8 kms from Bongaree to Woorim then walk back following the bush path that parallels the road. While it is 8 kms along the beach, when you cut back across the island, it is only 5 kms. Of course you will see a lot of locals just walking a small stretch of the beach.
Walking is best done at low tide, but it is possible to walk the whole distance at high tide with a little bit of wading in some sections. This is because there are parts of the beach strewn with driftwood forcing you into the water at high tide.
At high tide some parts of Red Beach are obstructed by drift wood
Dog walking is also very popular as almost all the beach allows dogs off the leash. I think this is a great idea, because dogs love frolicking in the surf, but few easily accessible beaches in South East Queensland let dogs do this.
Red Beach is also a great place to swim at high tide. Because the beach flattens out into a long shelf, low tide means it is very hard to find more than a few inches of water. But at high tide, the water is deep enough to swim while often also being shallow enough to stand up in. There are few waves along this beach, while Woorim Beach can often have rough surf.
You will also see quite a few people fishing from the beach. I think you would be better off fishing from Bongaree Jetty, but this is a nice place to sit down and relax while hopefully not being disturbed by any fish rude enough to take your bait.