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Camping in Bribie Island Recreation Area

Bribie Island Recreation Area offers a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive  vehicle, others accessible by boat.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Camping areas accessible by four-wheel-drive

  • Gallagher Point —this camping area offers a limited number of bush camping sites. There are no toilets or other facilities here. Campers are encouraged to bring self-contained portable toilets to help reduce bush toileting.
  • Poverty Creek —this large camping area has open grassy sites and shady trees, and includes sites suitable for camper trailers and group camping. Toilets, screened cold showers, water taps (treat water before drinking), picnic tables and fireplaces are provided in half the area. Fires are prohibited in the group trailer and camping area.
  • Ocean Beach —the designated camping area is 16km north of the beach access point on North Street, Woorim. Camp sites just behind the dunes are accessible from defined track entrances. Toilets, screened cold showers and water taps (treat water before drinking)  are provided at the camping area accessed by track 'P'*. Please use these facilities or bring your own portable enclosed toilet system. A portable toilet dump point is located on access 'P'* near the toilet. * Refer to map (PDF, 105K)*.

Camping areas accessible only by boat

Camp sites are provided at Mission Point for campers arriving by boat. Toilets, a screened cold shower, water tap (treat water before drinking), picnic tables and fireplaces are provided. Six bush camping sites are provided at Lime Pocket camping area. Fireplaces are provided. You need to bring your own portable enclosed toilet system.

Park-specific conditions

  • You must book your camp site before your visit.
  • vehicle access permit must be obtained before driving in the recreation area.
  • Campers must vacate sites by 11am on day of departure. Campers may access their sites after 2pm on day of arrival.
  • To protect fragile areas, camping is only permitted in designated camping sites. Camping is not permitted on the beach foredunes, northern spit or on nearby islands within the marine park.
  • Please camp within the open spaces provided—do not push into vegetated areas or clear new areas for camping. Remain at least 5m away from vegetation at all times.
  • Domestic animals are not permitted in the recreation area.
  • Carry all your rubbish out of the recreation area for appropriate disposal.
  • Generators are not permitted anywhere in the recreation area.
  • In areas where toilets are not provided, please bring a portable toilet to reduce bush toileting. Bag all personal hygiene products including disposable nappies for appropriate disposal.
  • Water is not provided at Gallagher Point or Lime Pocket camping areas—bring your own water. Water taps are located at the other camping areas and day-use areas at Lighthouse Reach and Fort Bribie. Water must be treated before drinking.
  • Preferably bring a fuel stove. Fires and heat beads are not permitted on the beach, in the Ocean Beach camping area or the group camping and trailer section of Poverty Creek camping area. Fires for cooking purposes are permitted only at Mission Point, Poverty Creek numbered sites, Gallagher Point and Lime Pocket camping areas in fire rings and fireplaces provided. Bring your own clean, milled firewood as it is illegal to collect firewood in the recreation area.

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Gallagher Point camping area

Camping area features: this small, level, low-key camping area is on the western side of the island, with views over the Pumicestone Passage towards the Glass House Mountains and Toorbul. Note that camp sites here may be closed for bookings at times, due to flooding on very high tides.

Location: 2km north of White Patch.

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only. (The sandy roads are not suitable for 2WD vehicles). There are no launching or recovery facilities for boats.

Number of sites: 6 numbered sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: small campervans, caravans and camper trailers; sites are more suitable for tent camping beside your car. Sites accommodate a maximum of six people per site.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt, and grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed in provided fire rings only (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply) but fuel stoves recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking, cooking and washing; gas stoves (preferable) or firewood (such as untreated mill off-cuts not bush wood); rubbish bags; insect repellent. Visitors are encouraged to bring portable toilets to help reduce bush toileting. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book onlineover-the-counter, or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Ocean Beach camping area

Camping area features: bush camping behind the foredunes on the eastern beach.

Location: from 16km to 19km north of the beach access point on North Street, Woorim. Camp sites just behind the dunes are accessible from defined track entrances—use these and do not drive over dunes. Track entrances are designated with a letter symbol while all sites are numbered. Camping is not allowed in the foredunes or on the beach.

Map: Ocean Beach camping area map (PDF, 105K)* (PDF, 105K)*

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only. There are no boat launching or recovery facilities.

Number of sites: 63 numbered camp sites. See camping area site details for more information.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car; walk-in camping; camper trailers; large groups. Refer to camping area site details table.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt, grass.

Facilities: micro-flush toilets, portable toilet dump point, screened cold showers, water taps (treat before drinking)  are located in the camping area accessed by track 'P' (refer to map).

Open fires: prohibited. Only gas stoves are allowed. Fire and heat beads are prohibited on the ocean beach and associated camping areas.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking, cooking and washing; gas stove; rubbish bags; insect repellent. Visitors camping away from facilities are encouraged to bring portable toilets to help reduce bush toileting. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book onlineover-the-counter, or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Poverty Creek camping area

Camping area features: this is a large camping area that has open grassy sites and shady trees. It is situated on land that was once a cattle property.

Location: on the western side of Bribie Island. The adjoining picnic area overlooks the Pumicestone Passage and has views to the Glass House Mountains and Donnybrook.

Map: Poverty Creek camping area map (PDF, 243K)* (PDF, 243K)*

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD and boat. There are no boat launching or recovery facilities.

Number of sites: 14 numbered sites plus one large group and/or trailer area.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your 4WD and walk-in camping. There is also an area designated for camper trailers or large groups.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt, grass.

Facilities: micro-flush toilets, screened cold showers, water taps (treat before drinking), picnic tables and fireplaces.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply) in provided fire rings only, but fuel stoves recommended. No fires are permitted in the trailer and group camping section of this camping area.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking, cooking and washing; gas stoves (preferable) or firewood (such as untreated mill off-cuts not bush wood); rubbish bags; insect repellent and tarpaulins to protect tents and vehicles from bat droppings. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book onlineover-the-counter, or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Mission Point camping area

Camping area features: this camping area is accessible by boat only and has relatively protected boat anchorage near the camp sites.

Location: on the western side of Bribie Island overlooking the Pumicestone Passage, with views to the Glass House Mountains.

Map: Mission Point camping area map (PDF, 89K)* (PDF, 89K)*

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat only. The closest boat ramp and vehicle parking is at Donnybrook.

Number of sites: 12 numbered sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt, grass.

Facilities: micro flush toilets, screened cold showers, water tap (treat before drinking), picnic tables and fireplaces.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply) in fire rings only, but fuel stoves recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking, cooking and washing; gas stoves (preferable) or firewood (such as untreated mill off-cuts not bush wood); rubbish bags; insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book onlineover-the-counter, or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Lime Pocket bush camping sites

Camping area features: this camping area is accessible by boat only. Note that camp sites here may be closed for bookings at times, due to flooding on very high tides.

Location: on the western side of Bribie Island overlooking the Pumicestone Passage, with views to the Glass House Mountains.

Access: the camping area can be reached only by boat.

Number of sites: 6 numbered sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping only.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt, grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply) in fire rings only, but fuel stoves recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking, cooking and washing; gas stoves (preferable) or firewood (such as untreated mill off-cuts not bush wood); rubbish bags; insect repellent. Visitors are encouraged to bring portable toilets to help reduce bush toileting. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

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Last updated
14 February 2013