Bribie Island’s Northern Access Track re-opens

Published 1:39pm 31 July 2023

Bribie Island’s Northern Access Track re-opens
Words by Moreton Daily
By Ella Bradford

After being severely damaged in the 2022 floods, Bribie Island’s Northern Access Track has reopened.

Significant repair work was required for multiple inland tracks within the Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area.

The project cost $750,000 and was funded by the Community and Recreational Asset Recovery and Resilience Program.

Northern Access Track repairs

Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt hopes the repairs will stop the tracks being damaged in future.

“The significant works that have been undertaken will hopefully mean the tracks are more resistant to damage from future natural disasters,” Mr Watt says.

Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area is one of South East Queensland’s most popular beach camping areas and a hotspot for 4WD enthusiasts.

Bribie Island’s Northern Access Track re-opens

Track damage

Queensland Environment Minister Leanne Linard says the 2022 severe weather caused significant damage to Bribie Island.

“The 2022 rainfall resulted in the water table on Bribie Island becoming elevated, which meant it took a long time for the low-lying areas around the Northern Access Track to dry out to allow machinery access,” Ms Linard explains.

Bribie Island’s Northern Access Track re-opens

“Re-opening the access track and other damaged inland tracks has been a priority for the Department of Environment and Science and I am pleased that works have now been completed and this important access point to Bribie Island Recreation Area has been restored,” Ms Linard says.

State Member for Pumicestone Ali King says upgrades have been made to the Northern Access Track as part of the project.

“During these works we upgraded the Northern Access Track to better withstand future severe weather events,” Ms King says.

“I’m grateful for our community’s patience while we repaired the Northern Access Track,” Ms King says.

Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area features sand dunes, heaths, paperback wetlands, open forests, woodlands, freshwater creeks, and lagoons.

The Queensland parks and Wildlife Service manages the area for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

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