Thursday, September 08, 2016

Bribie Island

We spent a couple nights on Bribie Island. This is the only island along the east coast of Australia that you can get to without taking a ferry. It is only a few hundred meters from the mainland and there's a bridge.

There are parts of the island - in particular the southern coast - where there are wide sandy beaches with almost no one there. The day we arrived it was windy after a couple days of rain. In the image above, you can see Moreton Island in the distance.

In the image below, you see the mainland in the distance.

Oer on the ocean side the following day, we found small, gentle waves lapping the shore and a few people in wet suits trying to surf a little.

We walked down the beach a ways and sat in the sun and just watched the surf and sand.

Just about as peaceful and restful a place as you could imagine.

Bribie is very different from Fraser. While part of the island is only accessible by 4wd, a reasonable sized chunk of it is built-up and filled with rows and rows of houses. People who like to golf, swim, play tennis and croquet come here in apparent droves. Marinas and golf clubs are around every corner. We did visit one section that was similar to a beach in the US with small shops and restaurants catering to folks in swimsuits and shorts.

I'm glad we went to Fraser first. Bribie is nice but in a very different way.