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While staying with my friends on their herb farm north of Brisbane, we took a day out to spend on Bribie Island.  Bribie Island is a magical place less than 1 hour drive from Brisbane. This island has everything –  many beautiful beaches, great outdoor lifestyle and great parks. It is a real gem and not overly developed. Positively, a great escape from the big city.

Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland.

The Bribie Island Bridge and Pumicestone Passage separate Bribie from the mainland. Once you have crossed this bridge it is like you are in another life and being as we were there at the start of a long holiday weekend, you could quickly tell that many folks thought the same.

As soon as we crossed the bridge we stopped at the first beach, Silvan Beach which is one of the most popular Bribie Island beaches due to its safe swimming and family friendly features such as picnic and barbeque areas, playgrounds and toilets and doggies are welcome if on a leash. So, with our 2 puppy dogs we wandered along the water’s edge and explored this lovely beach with vistas of the Glasshouse Mountains in the background.

While we were on Bribie we visited many of the fabulous beaches and always spent time at the beaches that allowed dogs. Of course.  These beaches included Bongaree Beach which is a bit of a mixed bag. Banksia beach which is great for swimming, fishing  or launching your boat and allows doggies on leashes along the walking track.  Red Beach is one of the few off-leash beaches in the area and a lot of fun.  And, finally Woorim Beach which is the perfect place for families with its barbecue and picnic areas and playground, and there are shops, cafes and restaurants right across the road.

 We stopped at a little café right on the river for our morning coffee and it was so delightful that we chose to stay for an early lunch. Once again, the doggies were made very welcome including a bowl of water and treats.

As the only island in Queensland connected to the mainland by bridge, Bribie Island makes for a gorgeous island escape with a great community feel with a combination of calm bay beaches and surfing beaches.

Here the list of things one can do is almost limitless. You can swim, spend time at the beach, go kayaking, camping, visit a museum, visit any of the islands national parks, enjoy a great meal, and enjoy a cocktail at sunset or any time of the day. Play a round of golf, go jet skiing, four wheel driving or do what we did and explore some of the many fabulous beaches.

I guess it is up to you as to how much or how little you would like to do on this lovely island escape.