Ocean-front camping, just behind the dunes with views of the beach and a few metres away from the water is what beach camping in Queensland is all about, and it’s no different at Bribie Island. The island is an incredibly popular weekend getaway spot for many south-east Queenslanders. And since it’s only 65 km north of Brisbane, that’s really not surprising.
Apart from camping along the ocean side, you can also camp on the Pumicestone Passage side, albeit with an increase in mozzies from what I’ve heard. But then again, we were smashed by the mozzies on the ocean side so I’m not sure what to believe.
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OCEAN BEACH CAMPING
The camping area along Ocean Beach stretches for over 3 km so unless you come during school holidays, you should be able to find a quite spot. You’ve got some 60 spots to choose from.
The only thing is… there are pretty much no toilets so you have to bring your own portable one. By now you should all know how I feel about that. Yikes. I don’t mind bush toilets but portable ones, ugh, no thank you.
The only option for portable-toilet-haters like me is to camp in Zone 2 (that’s classed as more the “social” zone; yeah, I know…) and then book a site in Section P. There are toilet and (cold) shower facilities but you also won’t get the ocean views. It’s more like typical campground cluster sites.
Unlike at other national parks, you do need to (pre-)book a specific site. We booked Site 40 but then wished we had the one next us. #41, #42 or #43 all looked shady and with a little more privacy. #49-51 might also be good because you’re on your own little loop. Alternatively, Section Q would be awesome because you’ll actually have ocean front but are close enough to the amenities to walk there!
The drive-in sites are all very sandy and unless you like camping on sand (and not dirt) and grind on it while you eat and sleep, then book accordingly. We had full sun pretty much all day, making our late November getaway a rather hot one.
The walk-in sites actually work fine for car-based camping with the cars being right next to the sites. Not the case everywhere but in Section P it’d be fine.
But… the worst part about camping here was actually the infestation of mosquitoes! I finally get while Queenslanders like to plonk themselves on the beach all day in spite of the mighty windy breezes. It’s the only way to escape those oh-so-annoying buzzing things…
PROS: Clean enough eco-toilets; cold showers; largely away from the strong ocean winds; some privacy if you can score a site off into the bushes
CONS: Lots and lots of mozzies!; not every site is shady so we ended up in a super sunny one; drive-in sites are pretty much sand-only; there’s a bit of traffic coming in to use the toilets but it’s not too bad outside school holidays
Not sure what the tents and mozzies mean? Check out my tents and mozzies guide.
If beach camping isn’t your thing, you could also camp at Mission Point or Poverty Creek on the west side of the island. We had a picnic lunch at Poverty Creek and it looked quite pleasant, lots of shady sites (though little privacy) and toilet facilities.
For details on how to book a campsite and what’s available, check out Queensland National Park’s Bribie Island camping information.