Known as Yarun ('hunting ground') to the island's original inhabitants, the Joondoobarrie people, Bribie Island lies at the northern end of Moreton Bay. For thousands of years the Joondoobarrie lived sustainably on the island, having even trained dolphins to herd fish towards them. The first documented encounter between the Joondoobarrie and Europeans was in 1799, when British navigator Matthew Flinders landed briefly on the island. In 1823, castaways Thomas Pamphlett, John Finnegan and Richard Parsons spent seven months living on Yarun with the Joondoobarrie before being discovered by British surveyor John Oxley.
The only island in the bay linked to the mainland by bridge, Bribie today is a sedate place, popular with young families, retirees and those with a cool million (or three) to spend on a waterfront property. While it’s far more developed than Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, the island does harbour some beautiful, sweeping sandy beaches.