Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. The others are Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Bribie Island is 34 kilometres long, and 8 kilometres at its widest.. It is believed that the name of the island came from a corruption of a mainland word for it, Boorabee. meaning ‘koala’.
Most of the island is uninhabited national park (55.8 square kilometres or 21.5 square miles) and forestry plantations. The southern end of the island has been intensively urbanised as part of the Moreton Bay Region, the main suburbs being Bongaree, Woorim, Bellara and Banksia Beach. A bridge from Sandstone Point on the mainland was completed in 1963.
The name Woorim may be derived from the Kabi language word wurama meaning red backed sea eagle.
WW2 Bunker ….if you don’t own a 4WD you can walk from Woorim Beach to the fort, but be warned, the long, sandy trek of approximately 20km is not for the faint of heart. You could also park at the northern end of White Patch Esplanade and hike through the national park .
The first Bunker is approximately 2 kms from Woorim Surf Club and easy to walk to…It is currently closed to the public and only accessible from the beach. The Bribie Island Fortifications were constructed from 1939 to 1943 as part of the systems of defence of southeast Queensland during the Second World War, and to provide artillery training for Australian soldiers for overseas service. Other fortifications were also apparent throughout Moreton Bay during the war, at Caloundra and on Moreton Island at Cowan Cowan Point and Rous, which together with the existing installations at Fort Lytton, provided a coordinated series of defensive batteries for the region
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