4x4 day trip to Bribie
For an affordable 4x4 beach driving experience, you can't go passed a trip to Bribie Island. Not only is it affordable, it's only an hour half drive from Brisbane.
A 4x4 permit is required and is available online at https://qpws.usedirect.com/QPWS/default.aspx
The cost at time of writing is $46.25 for 1 week or $144.40 for a yearly permit.
There is also a helpful map available to download a print from here...
It is also a good idea to check the tide times, as driving at high tide forces you to drive on soft sand all the way up the beach. However I found the going pretty easy even in the soft sand.
Tide times for Bribie can be accessed here...
Take exit 152 off the Bruce Highway and follow the signs to Bribie Island. I suggest you first head to McDonalds, which is on the way, for a morning coffee or breakfast. It might also be an idea to take advantage of the toilet facilities.
Follow this link for directions to the beach access track.
There is a car park area right at the track entrance where you can make any final checks and reduce the air in your tyres. I would suggest 20 PSI to start with.
THINGS TO DO
Bribie Island is not as extensive as other islands and can easily be covered in one day.
There are fresh water lagoons marked on the map, that are easily accessed by by driving right up to them off the beach. These can get quite busy during peak times of the year.
If your into fishing, pull up high on the beach, walk down to the ocean and throw you're line in. The beaches however, are not patrolled and not suitable for children to swim.
Towards the end of the beach public access area you'll find the remains of Fort Bribie. These are mainly concrete structures that are not accessible. More information can be found here... http://www.ww2places.qld.gov.au/places/?id=135
There are also inland tracks to explore, but check signs that advise if they are open or closed before making any plans.
All in all Bribie Island National Park and recreation area is a fantastic place for a day trip as well as a camping holiday.