Bribie Island Inland 4x4 Track


What to Expect

Adventure Camping Scenic Difficulty

There are some great places for camping on Bribie Island if you have a 4wd. Beautiful places only accessible in a 4x4 yet so close to civilization. There is also great fishing, hundreds of bird species and rich history, to name a few of the things to do and see. Stay for a day or a week. Located only 1hr north of Brisbane, it is well worth the trip.

Detailed Information

Not long after you drive the bridge over the beautiful pumicestone passage, you can be off the beaten track and onto the sandy trails only accessibly by 4wd. There is a sandy track up the centre of the island that is 4wd access only, called the northern access road. This road is recommended for 4wd’s with high clearance. Some of the sandy tracks can be a bit tricky at times. The northern access road will take you past the turn offs to two wonderful campsites on the west side of the island, Poverty Point and Gallagher’s Point. Both are situated on the beautiful Pumicestone Passage.

Gallagher’s Point is a small camp ground with no facilities. Beautiful views though and worth checking out.

Poverty Point is more civilized with micro-flush toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces. A great place to camp or spend the day.

There are no boat launching facilities at either of these campsites, but it is very popular to put a tinnie in that you can carry over to the water. Alternatively, launch your boat from one of the boat ramps further south on Bribie and sail up to the camp grounds and just tie it up near your camp site. You don’t need a boat though, there are plenty of places to wet a line from the shore. If you continue heading up the island, you will come across a couple of other picnic spots as well as the old lighthouse foundation. You will eventually get to the beach access up the northern end of the island. You can actually do a loop around the top half of the island by heading up the inland track and down the beach, or the other way around. For info about 4wding on the beach at Bribie, check out our Bribie Beach article.

The northern access track was actually used to access Fort Bribie in WWII which is up the northern end of the island, not far from the northern beach entrance.

Fort Bribie was built in WWII to protect the main shipping channel into Brisbane from the Japanese. The remains of the fort are still there today and are worth checking out. You will also find as you drive down the beach that there are bunkers and gun towers hidden behind the sand dunes.

Bribie Island is an amazing place, rich in history and wildlife. Well worth checking out.

Getting There

Take the Bribie Island exit off the Bruce Hwy, near Caboolture. It will take you about 15 min from this exit to the bridge onto the Island. The northern access track starts from the northern end of White Patch Esplanade, Whitepatch. Be careful not to venture down any of the side tracks that say no access. There are heavy fines for anyone caught in these unauthorized areas. You will need to obtain a permit before you enter the track.

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