Wednesday 13 June 2018

Bribie tourism 1940


In 1940 a tourist brochure Moreton Bay Queensland was a guide promoting tourism to the Moreton Bay area, encompassing Bribie, Stradbroke and Moreton Islands. This guide contained a map, pictorial content and a description of each location.

Moreton Bay (with an area of 735 square miles) is protected from the Pacific surge by Bribie, Moreton, and Stradbroke Islands. These insular Ardens, together with groups and clusters of smaller isles, form a truly enchanting marine playground. Cruising along the lanes and waterways between the archipelago of islands, fishing off the reefs and headlands and in the deep channels, bathing in pellucid bays or in the thundering surf on the outer beaches, exploring cool green valleys and forested hills of the larger island . . . . . There is an infinite number of pleasures which a vacation among the island of Moreton Bay can offer.

The following excerpts show the Bribie Island content from the brochure.

Long and narrow, this island of 59 square miles extends from Toorbul Point to Caloundra, with the ocean beach on one side, and on the other the tranquil waters of Deception Bay and Pumicestone Passage. 

Access is by means of s.s. "Koopa," which leaves Circular Quay several times weekly on the 78 miles round trip (three hours each way). Visitors may prefer to journey by motor 'bus to Redcliffe and then connect with the steamer. The period on the water is thus reduced to one hours to Bribie each way. 

There is a 'bus service across the island between the township and the settlement on the ocean beach. Splendid fishing is obtainable along Pumicestone passage, which winds its sinuous course for more than 20 miles. Launches may be hired for fishing and boating excursions. Accommodation may be obtained on the ocean beach and at the township of Bongaree.  

Bribie, with its wide range of holiday interests and picturesque setting, is indeed an appealing Bay resort. It was off Toorbul Point that Flinders anchored in 1799. He named Point Skirmish and "Pumice Stone River." Oxley, in 1823, anchored almost in the same place as Flinders, near the present jetty, and found one of four castaway cedar-getters living with the blacks. As a result of information received from Pamphlett and Finnigan, Oxley discovered the Brisbane River.

Moreton Bay Queensland: spend a sunshine holiday in Moreton Bay. Brisbane : Queensland Government Tourist Bureau, 1940. Online copies available at:
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