Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Tucked away on the beautiful Bribie Island is The Bribie Island Seaside Museum, little known but a must visit for those who treasure nostalgic pieces from the early 1900’s to iconic present day items.
Beach history and Australian stories
There are permanent displays featuring a snap shot of early coastal life, with fashionable swimwear from years gone by. Check out the visitors’ visas and passports that were once issued to visitors to the ‘Republic of Bribie Island’ and other relics from the early 1900’s.
The Museum displays a small model replica of The Norfolk captained by Matthew Flinders during his 1799 circumnavigation, the first of Australia. Its local significance is highlighted by a narration of Matthew Flinders interaction with the local Indigenous community upon arriving on Bribie Island. The display describes the local indigenous culture with information about early life, their bush skills, and interactions with early white settlers.
Tokens from the second world war, when Australian and American forces were present on the Island, are on view in the Fortress Bribie Island display. The display ties into the ruins on Woorim Beach which is an interesting way to link between the past and present if you are able to make the trip up the beach, (the journey to this part of Bribie is offroad, on the beach, requiring a beach permit and 4wd.)
Creatures from the deep are on show in the Bribie Museum and your kids will love the remarkable range of preserved fish and aquatic creatures from the Amateur Fishing Association of Queensland. A fibreglass dugong hangs from the ceiling and a life-sized loggerhead turtle is down at child level.
Every few months the temporary exhibition area is rotated. At present, there is an exhibition all about PLAY with toys from generations before. It is a great reminder that children are just that, and shows the differences and similarities between how different generations played, and what toys and items played with. A great place for grandparents, parents and children to explore, reminisce and play a game of Chinese checkers, dominos or a range of other fun games. Obviously, these exhibitions change but school holidays are the most likely time these will be kids focussed, but phone first if this is important to you.
A separate creative kids area hosts a range of self-paced craft activities, drawing and collage with a seaside theme and puppets and a puppet curtain for putting on a show. The micro theatre also shows short, historical films about the island and its residents. Onsite is a small shop filled with items created by locals and books about Bribie Island’s history.
You will love the air-conditioned haven the Museum offers during the middle of a hot summers day. Bribie Island Seaside Museum is wheelchair accessible with ramps and wide hallways. Disabled toilets and baby change facilities are available. Off street parking is available, but it is also used by beachgoers. Located nearby are local cafes and takeaway options for lunch.
Where you will find the Bribie Island Seaside Museum
The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is located at 1 South Esplanade at Bongaree on Bribie Island. If you love history also make time to see the Abbey Museum which is on the way to Bribie Island from Brisbane and make a day of culture with your kids.
The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 3pm, they are closed Mondays and public holidays. Admission is free!
Pack your swimmers and beach gear, as over the road is a beautiful white sand beach, green space with play equipment and large Moreton Bay Figs providing shade for the kids.
Nearby you’ll also find The Bribie Island Butterfly House which is another educational and unique activity for the kids, just another reason why we love Bribie Island!