Bribie Island is a large sand island in the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland. The island is separated from the mainland by the Pumicestone Passage, the name was derived from the naming of a part of the passage called Pumicestone River by Captain Matthew Flinders in July 1799. He noted pieces of pumice on the beach at the high water mark and related them to the volcanoes. Examples of pumice from ancient volcanic cones on the mainland north of the island are still frequently washed up on beaches in the passage.
Bribie Island is one of two islands connected to the Queensland mainland by a bridge (the other being Boyne Island near Gladstone). The bridge, over Pumicestone Passage, was completed in 1963. Bribie has a ‘calm side’ or ‘passage side’ with safe family beaches and calm water. The ‘surf side’ of the island is about 5 km away and boasts long sandy beaches and dunes, with a small surf. Most of the island is uninhabited, consisting of national park (covering 55.8 square kilometres) and forestry plantations, but the southern end of the island has been intensively urbanised as part of the Moreton Bay Region.
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