|Pumicestone Passage South|
The southern half of Pumicestone Passage between Bribie Island and the mainland is a tidal estuary region with several mangrove creeks on the mainland side, and four camping areas on the west side of Bribie. Elimbah Creek is navigatable for at least fifteen kilometres upstream on a high tide. There is a fish breeding reserve closed to fishing, crabbing and bait collection at Tripcony Bight just south of Hussey Creek. Above the Bribie Bridge, Pumicestone Passage opens out into a channel over two kilometres across at high tide.
Boat ramp access is from Esplanade South, Donnybrook and The Esplanade, Toorbul for the north west, Moffatt Esplanade for Ningi Creek, and Kal-Ma-Kuta Drive at Sandstone Point for south west access. Bribie Island access to the channel is at Marine Parade Bongaree, and Solander Esplanade in Banksia Beach. Endeavour Drive in the suburb of Bellara runs close to the beach up to White Patch, and the road has numerous opportunities for a launch off a sandy beach, if you do not mind the carry. Find other launch points from your street directory.
The National Park camping areas on Bribie from south to north are:
There can be a strong tidal race down the Channel near Bribie Bridge on a falling tide. Paddling is recommended at times after the extensive sand flats adjoining the shore are flooded by half a metre of water, two hours before and after the top of the tide. Bribie is then seen at its very best as you glide along the treelined shore. This is estuary paddling, and wind and tide constantly vary. Paddlers should be aware that the wind on Moreton Bay often picks up in strength after about 10:00 am. There is often heavy powerboat traffic, including tour launches.
Bribie Island is a National Park. At its widest part from Mission Point eastwards the island is over seven kilometres across. The island has four wheel drive traffic on tracks and the eastern beach. There are pine plantations in the middle region of the island. Bushwalking in the early or late hours, rewards with sightings of birds and wildlife. There are wallabies, dingoes, feral horses and pigs, and perhaps cattle on the island. The wading shorebirds are plentiful and not too timid of the walker and paddler. Extensive seagrass beds support a small number of dugong.
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