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Woorim Beach Bribie Island is a Perfect Surf Beach for Families

Woorim Beach Bribie Island is a must do if you are looking for a family friendly, low key, yet still ‘lots of fun’, swimming destination for families with children. Whether you are heading there on a day trip or planning a longer stay on Bribie Island, this fully patrolled surf beach is the closest one north of Brisbane, making it perfect for those looking for a little bit of adventure in the ‘waves’ but not the crashing dumpers of other surf beaches.

Directions to get to Woorim Beach

Woorim Beach is located on the ‘surf side’ of Bribie Island. Located in the Moreton Bay Region, you will find it if you punch in Rickman Parade, Woorim into your sat nav and head to the Bribie Island Surf Club end. The postcode is 4507. It’s about an hour’s drive north of Brisbane up the M1. Take the turn off to Bribie Island, cross the bridge and follow the signs to the ‘surf beach’.

Great beach near Brisbane for families with little kids

Woorim Beach Bribie Island - patrolled beach

This great little location is an under-rated beach and picnic area for families with little kids. Because Moreton Island protects Bribie Island from most southerly swells, the waves at this beach are usually small-ish measuring around 0.5 to 1 metre. These usually produce a narrow high tide beach (dogs are welcome here) with a continuous sandbar exposed at low tide. Rip channels are usually absent at Woorim and only form during and following waves greater than 1 metre. However, please note that southerly winds can produce a strong current running to the north.

Because of the small waves, the beach is usually free from surfers and perfect for boogie boards.

Woorim Beach Bribie Island

Picnic area and playground at Woorim Beach

There is ample parking at the beach, although like any free public area in peak times, this does get busy. There is a playground nearby as well as BBQ’s and picnic areas and tables. Check out the photos for more details.

If you are looking for a much calmer beach adventure in the area for your toddlers, check out Bongaree Beach on the other side of the island.

Bribie Island Surf Club

Woorim Beach Bribie Island Surf Club

The Bribie Island Surb Club is located right here at Woorim Beach. Like all similar clubs, you will either need to be a member of their club or a similar club (including an RSL) or sign in to gain entry. They have a large bistro with daily specials and a kids meal for ‘Lil Nippers’ with meals from $11 ($10 for members).

Surf Club Opening Hours

  • Sunday to Thursday 10am-late
  • Friday 10am-12 midnight
  • Saturday 10am – 12 midnight

What else do we need to know?

As with all visits to anywhere outdoors and swimming related, remember to slip, slop, slap, slide and seek. In summer stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm) and drink plenty of water. Keep small kids within arms length when swimming and just because the waves look smaller it doesnt mean that they won’t have hidden dangers. Always swim between the flags.

There are lots of other places at Woorim Beach to eat and get drinks and ice-creams including cafes, a pub and restaurants if are have not packed your own food/picnic.

Enjoy this great day out and tell us about your experiences here in comments below.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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