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Woorim Surf Beach - Bribie Island

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published August 10th 2020
Moreton Bay's accessible surf beach
Not only is Bribie Island the only one of Moreton Bay's sand islands to have a bridge over from the mainland, but it also holds the holy grail of Moreton Bay locations - a surf beach!

Beautiful Woorim Surf Beach on Bribie Island
Beautiful Woorim Surf Beach on Bribie Island


Beautiful Woorim Surf Beach

Woorim Surf Beach is a beautiful sandy stretch of beach that runs along the eastern shore of Bribie Island, to the south of the National Park.

Woorim Surf Beach provides a long, tranquil space for people across South East Queensland to relax or have a swim
Woorim Surf Beach provides a long, tranquil space for people across South East Queensland to relax or have a swim


The surf here is usually ideal for children since this beach receives some protection from Moreton Bay, and from Moreton Island which is visible from Woorim Beach. The beach is patrolled by the Bribie Island Surf Club from September to May each year, and as always, it is best to swim between the flags. The Bribie Island Surf Club also runs a nippers program for children aged 7-13 years, with 2020's sign on days held on Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August from 10am - 2pm. The Bribie Island Surf Club is also trialing an accessible beach trail with wheelchair-friendly matting, and free beach wheelchair hire on weekends and public holidays. To arrange this free hire you can call (07) 3408 1168.


Ideal for swimming at, Woorim Surf Beach is patrolled by the Bribie Island Surf Club
Ideal for swimming at, Woorim Surf Beach is patrolled by the Bribie Island Surf Club


Woorim's surf beach is bounded by Bribie Island National Park to the north, and by a dog off-leash beach to the south.

Bounded by a dog beach to the south, and national park to the north, there's miles of beach to walk along here
Bounded by a dog beach to the south, and national park to the north, there's miles of beach to walk along here


For this reason, if walking north along the beach beyond the Ocean Beach Access Track it is important to keep an eye out for four wheel drive vehicles on their way to the Bribie Island National Park, especially as the surf can drown out the sound of their engines.

There is a beach access track for 4x4 vehicles towards the national park
There is a beach access track for 4x4 vehicles towards the national park


Wildlife along Woorim Surf Beach

Visitors to Woorim Surf Beach are often treated to a wide variety of wildlife. Bottlenosed and Australian humpback dolphins are frequently seen playing or feeding, and at times will come right into the surf to play. Whales are also seen on occasion during their annual June to October migration from Antarctica to Hervey Bay.

An Australian humpback dolphin playing in the surf at Woorim
An Australian humpback dolphin playing in the surf at Woorim


Visitors can also enjoy prolific birdlife along Woorim Surf Beach. Walking north towards the first beacon, white bellied sea eagles and brahminy kites can frequently be seen soaring along the shoreline in search of their next meal.

A brahminy kite coming in to land with breakfast on Woorim Surf Beach
A brahminy kite coming in to land with breakfast on Woorim Surf Beach


Smaller birds include rainbow bee eaters, striated pardalotes, laughing kookaburras, and the ever-delightful parrots such as galahs and little corellas.

Delightful parrots such as this little corella often play and squable along the beach
Delightful parrots such as this little corella often play and squable along the beach


Facilities near Woorim Surf Beach

Woorim Surf Beach is overlooked by Bluey Piva Park which provides visitors with:

Car parking
Public amenities including showers, and disabled and baby change facilities
A fenced playground
Picnic and BBQ facilities
Dogs aren't permitted on Woorim Surf Beach, but there is an off-leash dog beach just to the south of it, that can be accessed via Lowry St, Woorim.

A number of cafes and restaurants are situated around Bluey Piva Park, including a bistro at the Bribie Island Surf Club.

Bluey Piva Park overlooking Woorim Surf Beach has all the facilities needed for a great day out at the beach
Bluey Piva Park overlooking Woorim Surf Beach has all the facilities needed for a great day out at the beach


Getting to Woorim Surf Beach couldn't be easier with the bridge from the mainland across the Pumicestone Passage to Bribie Island. Once on the island, simply follow all signs to Woorim and park in the large car park at Bluey Piva Park.

To get to Woorim Surf Beach cross the bridge over the Pumicestone Passage and follow all signs to Woorim
To get to Woorim Surf Beach cross the bridge over the Pumicestone Passage and follow all signs to Woorim
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Why? Woorim Surf Beach is the only Moreton Bay surf beach accessible without taking a ferry
When: Anytime
Phone: (07) 3205 0555
Where: Bribie Island
Cost: Free
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Must say that's one beach I haven't had the privilege of visiting, Meg - love your images!
by Elaine (score: 3|7565) 39 days ago
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