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Bribie Island

Bribie Island
 
   
   
   
   
 
 

Day 1 

STARTING the hike at Woorim, the exposed east coast town, I headed north along the long stretch of sand towards the top of the island some thirty kilometres away. The island has two populated areas, one on each side of its southern coast, but the rest of the sand island is national park.

Coast near Woorim

Coast near Woorim

The sun gradually descended through the wisps of high cloud as I passed the first two lagoons, before reaching Mermaid Lagoon at sunset. There I rested for a while before continuing up the beach in the darkness eventually reaching the Ocean Beach Camping Ground.

Mermaid Lagoon

Mermaid Lagoon

 

Day 2

Rain was falling as the sun dramatically rose over the sea in the morning. With the camp set up I headed further north along the beach, eventually reaching the ruins of an old military fortress and village. The sand had eroded these onto the beach and the chunky concrete structures were leaning over.

Morning clouds

Morning clouds

The largest of these structures once held huge guns used to defend Brisbane in the event of invasion, with the shipping channel running so close to the island as this point.

Old military building

Old military building

After exploring the old fort, I continued following the coast to a lighthouse near the top where the Pumicestone Passage came out, with Caloundra on the other side of the channel. After briefly exploring the narrow neck, I headed back down to the camp.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

 

Day 3

It was still dark when I started the long journey down the coast back towards Woorim, reaching the second lagoon by first light. There I watched the sun rising through stormy clouds over the distant sand hills of Moreton Island.

Sunrise over Moreton Island

Sunrise over Moreton Island

Upon reaching Woorim, I continued following the coast around the southern part of the island as the oceanic waves reduced in the shelter of Moreton Bay. The tide was high and several people were fishing. I spotted the high rises of Brisbane city rising over the horizon.

Fishing along the south coast

Fishing along the south coast

Upon rounding the large bottom of the island, I reached the Buckley’s Hole lagoon, going around it and reaching the other populated area of the island. A concrete walkway followed the coast towards the old rickety bridge heading providing the only access back to the mainland.

Buckley's Hole

Buckley's Hole

The bridge crossed the southern end of Pumicestone Passage, the same channel I had seen yesterday at the far end of the island. I watched the sun set over the channel not far from the bridge.

Sunset by the bridge

Sunset by the bridge

 

Day 4

After watching a cloudy sunrise, I headed inland from the bridge passing through Bellara, the main town on the island.

Cloudy sunrise

Cloudy sunrise

I followed a few walking tracks in the forested island interior before returning to a relatively new residential area in the canal estate and continued heading up towards White Patch, the northernmost inhabited part of the island. A nice forested park had a paved walkway with a couple of entrances down to the main beach.

Inland walking track

Inland walking track

Upon reaching the end of the walkway, I headed down to the beach and continued following it a couple of hundred metres before the mangroves and incoming tide stopped my tracks. From there I returned down the coast towards the bridge.

Incoming tide

Incoming tide

Stopping at Anzac Park to watch the sunset over the Pumicestone Passage. The Glasshouse Mountains made for a mysterious backdrop.

Sunset at Anzac Park

Sunset at Anzac Park

After the sun set, I took a large detour around the large canal estate of large houses before continuing along the beach under the moonlight back to the rickety bridge to the mainland.

Pumicestone Passage at night

Pumicestone Passage at night

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Bribie Island

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27°00'S
153°10'E

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