Bribie Island, QLD, Australia

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Bribie Island, QLD, Australia

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Bribie Island is a stepping stone to Queensland's wilds

From south to north, Bribie Island changes from well-to-do urban outpost to wild natural enclave of the Queensland coast. Moving from the waterfront condos of Banksia Beach to the conifer woods and wide sand stretches that fringe the Pacific, you'll go from pleasant suburban Australia to untamed, oceanside Australia. You can opt for Bribie Island vacation rentals on whichever side you'd like, whether that's an ocean-view flat above Woorim Beach or an off-beat hideaway between the walking trails of the protected state forest.

Get active on Bribie Island

Bribie Island is all about exploring the famous coastal stretches of Queensland without the gnarly surfers and multitudes of sunbathers. Days can be spent beachcombing, splashing in the Pacific Ocean, 4X4 riding along the shores and undulating dunes, or simply watching the swells roll in from those waterfront Bribie Island vacation rentals. SUP boarding, gondola rides across Moreton Bay, and boating tours are also on the menu, while others will prefer to look to Brisbane city and the endless sightseeing and gastronomy there.

Coastal treats on Bribie Island

Start with the wide, sandy haunts of Bongaree Beach, where the sloshing waters of Moreton Bay offer up a couple of surf swells, and the rickety Bongaree Jetty is a great place to cast the nets. The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is close by, offering an introduction to the unique natural habitats and curious marine life of the Moreton region, not to mention tales of old WWII bases that once fortified the coastline of Queensland all over the island. For outdoorsy types, the Bribie Island National Park is a must _ think wildflower meadows, excellent birding, tidal wetlands, and more.

Four seasons of fun on Bribie Island

It's the summer months between late-November and March that see Bribie Island vacation rentals along the beaches come into their own. Brisbane locals and those in search of a quieter slice of Queensland life flock to the seaside towns then for low-key stays with the cooling breezes of the Pacific Ocean. That said, autumn and spring have their own attractions, with fewer people, a lessening of tropical storms come April, and cool evenings for those al fresco enjoyments. Crisp, biting winters make for a unique time to hit the coastal forests and beaches.

Bribie Island is a barrier to the ocean

Bribie Island runs its way along the Queensland coast on the northern edge of Moreton Bay. It's a little more built up than the other isles in the region, but still has a great swathe of untouched, undeveloped sandy beach going along the Pacific on its eastern haunch. That's backed by the Bribie Island National Park, which packs in coastal wetlands, conifer forests, and some excellent birding hotspots to boot. Out between the seagrass gardens and the waterways, you'll discover all manner of marine life, too, from galumphing dugongs to dolphins and turtles.