Take a step back in time


By staff writer Sheree Hoddinett


Looking for something a little bit different to do? Why not immerse yourself in some island history while you soak up the beautiful views on offer around you. A trip to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum is well worth the visit, bringing a taste of the past while showing off the present in all its glory.


There is plenty to see for all ages at the museum with features including:

· a theatre showing films about the S.S Koopa and holidaying on Bribie Island.

· a large collection of preserved fish from Moreton Bay waters dating back to 1905.

· the social history of the people and places of Bribie Island and its role in World War II.

· the story and some belongings of the internationally-renowned artist Ian Fairweather along with other Bribie Island personalities.

· a replica World War II bunker detailing some of Bribie Island’s role in defending the Brisbane line.

· a designated space for new exhibitions which changes throughout the year.

· interactive displays and activities for young and old.

· a diverse programme of events and workshops for adults and children.

The museum’s current exhibition is called ‘Play’ which is on until February 13. We all know Summer holidays are a great time for families and friends to come together. It’s a great opportunity to put the screens away and remember the fun of playing quoits, snakes and ladders, dominoes and even spinning Hula Hoops. Through ‘Play’, you can discover the games of childhoods past and experience fun, hands-on games for all ages. Reconnect and test your skills as you explore and play family favourites with laughter guaranteed.

Not only do you have the opportunity to learn about the history of Bribie Island when you pay a visit to the museum, but you can take a moment to appreciate the scenery looking out over the Pumicestone Passage and across to Moreton Bay.

The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is located at 1 South Esplanade, Bongaree.

Opening hours are: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 10am – 4pm; Saturday and Sunday – 10am – 3pm, Monday and Tuesday – closed and closed on all public holidays.


If you want to take a trip across to the mainland or if you’re already there, why not venture over to the Caboolture Historical Village and see what life was like in a different era. It was a time long before mobile phones, computers and the modern aspects of life we now take for granted.


With more than 70 buildings including an old post office, general store, butcher and more, you can also take a ride on the train, check out the old machinery and cars and find a few sparkling gems, all set out across 12 acres of beautifully maintained grounds.


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