Gallagher Point camping area | Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area (2024)

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The camp sites are spread along the eastern beach. Photo credit: Leanne Siebuhr © Queensland Government

Bribie Island has beautiful coastal scenery, low-key camping spots and great 4WDing, boating and fishing. Photo credit: © MJL Photography

Get back to nature at this bush camp site, with stunning views over Pumicestone Passage to the Glass House Mountains and Toorbul.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Boat
  • Canoe or kayak

Camping area facilities

  • Anchoring allowed
  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Tent camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Take in the sunning sunsets from the camping area. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland
  • You'll be right on the Pumicestone Passage. Photo credit: © Queensland Government
  • Camp in a peaceful bush setting. Photo credit: © Queensland Government
  • The camp sites are spread along the eastern beach. Photo credit: Leanne Siebuhr © Queensland Government
  • Photo credit: Leanne Siebuhr © Queensland Government

Always check
  • Park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
  • Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts.
  • Current bushfire warnings and incidents and also fire bans and restrictions.
  • Your camping permit is booked.
  • Any park-specific camping information for Bribie.
  • Visiting Bribie safely for important safety information.

Plan ahead to stay at this camping area, with limited sites. You'll love getting back to nature in such a beautiful setting. Swap yarns around the camp fire by night and wake to stunning scenery each morning.

If you tire of the serenity of your camp site, throw a line to catch a yellowfin bream, flathead, whiting, tailor and mangrove jack or launch your kayak to paddle or swim in the sheltered waters of Pumicestone Passage.

In the summer months, stroll along the shoreline at low tide and look for migratory shorebirds visiting from China, Alaska and Siberia as they recuperate ahead of their long flight home in April.

Getting there and getting around

Gallagher Point camping area is in Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area, 65km north of Brisbane.

  • The camping area is on the western side of the island, on the shores of Pumicestone Passage and can be accessed by high-clearance 4WD with low range capability. There are no launching or recovery facilities for boats.
  • From the bridge, drive north along Sunderland Drive and continue along White Patch Esplanade.
  • From the northern end of White Patch Esplanade, follow the Poverty Creek access track for 180m before turning left onto the camping area access track.
  • Drive 3km down this track to the camping area.
  • The speed limit on inland tracks is 30km/hr.
  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area. 24hr number plate surveillance cameras in use. Please ensure vehicle registration details are correct on your permit.For more information see:
    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras - FAQs (PDF, 173.1KB)
  • Two-wheel-drive (2WD) vehicles, trail bikes and motorbikes are prohibited from obtaining a vehicle access permit and entering the Bribie Island Recreation Area.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Getting to Bribie Island

The island can be reached via a road bridge from the Caboolture turn-off on the Bruce Highway, or by boat from the nearby mainland.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Gallagher Point camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Camping area features: this small, level, low-key camping area is on the western side of the island, with views over the Pumicestone Passage towards the Glass House Mountains and Toorbul. Note that camp sites here may be closed for bookings at times, due to flooding on very high tides.

Location: 2km north of White Patch.

Access: the camping area can be reached by 4WD only. (The sandy roads are not suitable for 2WD vehicles). There are no launching or recovery facilities for boats.

Number of sites: 6 numbered sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: small campervans, caravans and camper trailers; sites are more suitable for tent camping beside your car. Sites accommodate a maximum of six people per site.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt, and grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: allowed in provided fire rings only (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply) but fuel stoves recommended.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: water for drinking andcooking; gas stoves (preferable) or firewood (such as untreated mill off-cuts not bush wood); rubbish bags; insect repellent. Visitors are encouraged to bring portable toilets to help reduce bush toileting. Read more aboutbefore you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Upcoming camping area availability

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Bribie safely and camp with care.

  • Poverty Creek camping area closed from 15 April 2024 for toilet block upgrade 3 November 2023 to 8 July 2024
  • Drive with care during marine turtle nesting season 6 March to 3 June 2024
  • Camp site booking restrictions due to tidal inundation 11 January to 31 December 2024
  • Bribie Island’s northern breakaway section remains part of the recreation area 30 June 2023 to 30 December 2024

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Last reviewed
14 June 2023
Last updated
12 February 2021
Gallagher Point camping area | Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area (2024)


How much is it to camp on Bribie Island? ›

Camping fees on Bribie Island vary depending on the type of campsite and facilities available. Generally, you can expect to pay around AUD 6.85 per person per night for a basic campsite, or AUD 27.40 per night for a family campsite (2 adults and up to 4 children).

Do you need a 4WD to camp on Bribie Island? ›

The camping area is on the beach on the north east side of the island and can be accessed via the Northern access track or Ocean Beach drive. A high-clearance 4WD with low range capability is required to access this area. A vehicle access permit must be purchased.

How much of Bribie Island is a national park? ›

The park covers approximately one third of Bribie Island. The tidal wetlands and areas of water around the islands are protected within the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Visitors are attracted to the park for angling, boating and the views of the nearby Glass House Mountains.

Are you allowed fires on Bribie Island? ›

Fires are not permitted on the beach. Fires for cooking purposes are permitted only at Mission Point, Ocean Beach, Poverty Creek, Gallagher Point and Lime Pocket camping areas in fire rings provided. Bring your own clean, milled firewood as it is illegal to collect firewood in the national park or recreation area.

Do you need a pass to go to Bribie Island? ›

A vehicle access permit must be obtained before driving on Bribie Island, K'gari (Fraser Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), Cooloola and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) recreation areas—fees apply. All vehicles must be registered and have a valid permit.

Can you swim in Bribie Island? ›

Sylvan Beach is one of the most popular Bribie Island beaches due to its safe swimming and family friendly features such as picnic and barbeque areas, playgrounds and toilets. There's a boat ramp if you want to bring your own or hire a boat and explore the island by sea.

Can you walk across to Bribie Island? ›

It's so big that, at low tide, people can walk across the almost 1km-wide passage, from Golden Beach to the northern part of the island.

How much does it cost to drive on Bribie Island? ›

Bribie Island requires a permit to drive on, which costs $55.50 for a week and $173.30 for more than one week (up to one year). The main things to remember about driving on sand tracks or beach access roads are to lower your tyre pressures, avoid being too heavy on the throttle, and be well prepared.

Do you need a permit to drive on the beach at Bribie Island? ›

The Ocean Beach drive starts at the end of North Street. A high-clearance 4WD with low range capability is required to drive this route. A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.

What happened to Bribie Island? ›

The initial tidal breakthrough at Bribie Island happened in January 2022, when a king tide of about 2.2m combined with heavy swells associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth to crash through the northern tip of the island.

What is Bribie Island known for? ›

Bribie Island is home to the Pumicestone Passage, a protected marine park and haven for wildlife. Dugongs, turtles, dolphins, and a diverse range of birdlife call the Pumicestone Passage home. There are tours of the gorgeous passage with fascinating commentary to match that are available.

Are there dingoes on Bribie Island? ›

Kangaroos, wallabies, emus, various snake species, green tree frogs and dingos can often be seen venturing from the national park into the surrounding suburbs. Pumicestone Passage, located between the island and the mainland, is a protected marine park that provides habitat for dugongs, turtles and dolphins.

Is Bribie Island a good place to retire? ›

Bribie Island is located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and is renowned for its 30 kilometres of white sandy beaches and for being home to 80% protected natural habitat. A relaxed pace of life with all the essential amenities makes Bribie Island the ideal retirement spot.

Can dogs camp at Bribie Island? ›

Campsites are far enough away from other campers to enjoy the privacy. Each site is large and can allow group bookings. Loads of space for tents, camper trailers, caravans or motorhomes. Pets permitted but must be restrained.

Has Bribie Island ever flooded? ›

Located 65km north of Brisbane, the island's exposed and fragile environment was heavily impacted by severe rainfall and flooding events in early 2022.


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