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Golden Beach kayak to Bribie Island

Bribie Island North
4.4km
Trail type
Skill Level
Length
Circuit

A short kayak across the channel from Golden Beach Caloundra to Bribie Island.

SUITABLILITY
Suitable for all level kayakers if not windy.

HIGHLIGHTS
It’s actually very close to paddle across to Bribie Island and take a little wander around the shoreline. Yet it feels a world away when you face the ocean breeze and leave the mainland behind. Seabirds are prolific most of the year, and there’s a chance to see fish and rays as well. Be mindful of the wind and tide so they don’t carry you away, and remember take only photos, and leave only footprints. To the south are great views of the Glass House Mountains – definitely worth a few snaps.

Once on Bribie Island you can head across to Ocean Beach on the ocean side. And if you walk down approx. 5km from the Golden Beach tip you will see Fort Bribie, the remains of a WW2 Fort.

AFTERWARDS
There are other paddles you can do this area including Coochie Creek. You can hire kayaks at Kitethrills, 1 Watston Street, Currimundi.

Caloundra offers a great coastal walk around the entire headland from Bulcock Beach to Moffat Beach. There are also plenty of cafes to take in the ocean views.

Further afield and for a completely different experience you could venture to the Glasshouse Mountains for some mountain climbing/hiking or try you hand at cart racing at Landsborough.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Drive to the Esplanade on Golden Beach and launch from any of the beach sand access points. You will need to park off the street. Alternatively drive to Lamerough Parade and launch from the boat ramp. Plenty of parking there or out front of Apex Park (there are public toilets in this park).

To the end point: The end point is the same as the starting point.

A short kayak across the channel from Golden Beach Caloundra to Bribie Island.

SUITABLILITY
Suitable for all level kayakers if not windy.

HIGHLIGHTS
It’s actually very close to paddle across to Bribie Island and take a little wander around the shoreline. Yet it feels a world away when you face the ocean breeze and leave the mainland behind. Seabirds are prolific most of the year, and there’s a chance to see fish and rays as well. Be mindful of the wind and tide so they don’t carry you away, and remember take only photos, and leave only footprints. To the south are great views of the Glass House Mountains – definitely worth a few snaps.

Once on Bribie Island you can head across to Ocean Beach on the ocean side. And if you walk down approx. 5km from the Golden Beach tip you will see Fort Bribie, the remains of a WW2 Fort.

AFTERWARDS
There are other paddles you can do this area including Coochie Creek. You can hire kayaks at Kitethrills, 1 Watston Street, Currimundi.

Caloundra offers a great coastal walk around the entire headland from Bulcock Beach to Moffat Beach. There are also plenty of cafes to take in the ocean views.

Further afield and for a completely different experience you could venture to the Glasshouse Mountains for some mountain climbing/hiking or try you hand at cart racing at Landsborough.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Drive to the Esplanade on Golden Beach and launch from any of the beach sand access points. You will need to park off the street. Alternatively drive to Lamerough Parade and launch from the boat ramp. Plenty of parking there or out front of Apex Park (there are public toilets in this park).

To the end point: The end point is the same as the starting point.

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
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Reviews

Review Date: 02/03/2020

This is my favourite spot to paddle on the Sunshine Coast. Very quick to paddle across the Pumicestone Passage to one of the sandbars or to Bribie Island National Park. Feel the calming effects of nature a world away from the people and traffic in Caloundra, but with only just 5 to ten minutes of effort paddling. Very easy to hire a kayak or paddleboard from just $10 per person per hour. Be sure to call ahead to a local hire place to get the best advice on winds and tides when you make your booking. Once Southeast Queenslanders discover this spot, they will soon realise few other places can match this adventure of paddling to the untouched northern tip of Bribie Island with kangaroos, stingrays, a myriad of birds, with both a surfside and bay side to escape the winds when paddling or to find the winds to keep cool. I hope you enjoy this part of the world as much as I do.

Reviewed By: Carl

Review Date: 17/04/2019

Make sure you pick your weather and tides for this fabulous kayak across the Pumicestone Passage to North Bribie Island. Allow 2 hours to paddle from the Golden Beach boat ramp near Military Jetty. On a calm morning take in the beauty of the reflections on the water. The Passage is great for bird watching and watch the water closely for the occasional turtle surfacing, stingrays wallowing in the shallows and sometimes the beautiful blue blubber jelly fish gliding through the water. Land at the well maintained Lion’s Park at North Bribie Island. A 30 minute walk South down the deserted beach will take you to the interesting World War II structures a reminder of how close war came to Queensland. Allow more time though if you are like me a enjoy fossicking the high tide line on the way. I take a bag to collect rubbish also. This part of the beach does not allow vehicle access due to it being a turtle nesting area. Kangaroos frequent the sand dunes at dawn and I have seen them on the beach at the waters edge. Such a lovely sight. Best time for this kayak trip is at sunrise. Watch the weather and wind and tides for the best conditions.

Reviewed By: Kathy

Review Date: 13/11/2018

An ideal spot for a paddle. Plan your trip to paddle with the current going over to Bribie and back to make the trip far easier. If you go near low tide, you can actually walk part of the way on the sand flats (I would recommend water shoes to avoid stepping on an rocks, shells or creatures like stringrays on the flats). There are plenty of easy launch locations along Golden Beach Esplanade, and if needed you can hire kayaks at the end of Gregory Street at the beach. Once over at Bribie, ensure you secure your kayak to a tree / sign as the tide does change quickly (I know from experience of loosing a paddle in the outgoing tide). Walk across to the beach side of Bribie where you will often have the whole beach to yourself. If you decide to swim on Bribie, remember there are no lifesavers to assist so stay close to the shore.

Reviewed By: Kristy

Safety

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL '000'.

Always Adventure Safely!

  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Maintenance and Enquiries

Sunshine Coast Council

For any issues with this experience please contact:

Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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