Buckley’s Hole is a conservation park on the southern end of Bribie Island. It sits at the bottom of the eastern side of Bribie Island, south of the Bongaree Jetty .
The area is a habitat used by local and migratory shorebirds, some flying 6000km non-stop. Migratory birds stop at Buckley’s Hole to rest and feed before continuing their journey.
The Buckley’s Hole brown sign leads to a small picnic area with a couple of picnic tables, a water fountain, and a few bench seats.
A track leads down to the beach along the wetland lagoon where birds on the lagoon water can easily be seen. The track comes out to the sand at a shallow tidal channel.
The channel is a common spot to look for yabbies/nippers for bait. At low tide, the channel didn’t have water in it. Fishing should be limited off the sand shore into the bay. Don’t fish in the lagoon as this can disturb the shorebirds that need to rest and conserve energy.
We became aware of a bird hide but couldn’t locate it on the day. Head to the eastern end of the park area beside the street (far left looking from the street) and the track to the bird hide should be there.
You can walk to Buckley’s Hole from Bongaree along the shore. For a longer walk, the beach along the shore can be followed right around the bottom of Bribie Island, along Red Beach and up to the Woorim Surf Beach . It is best to do this at low tide as the beach can become narrow during high tides.
To get there:
On the Bruce Hwy north of Brisbane, take the exit to Bribie Island (exit 152). If heading north, after taking the exit, continue straight ahead under the overpass then immediately left to head to Bribie Island. If heading south, after taking the exit, continue straight ahead under the overpass. The exit follows along the highway for about 1km. Keep to the left to head to Bribie Island. Follow along Bribie Island Rd for 18km to the bridge across to Bribie Island. Continue over the bridge and at the roundabout go right around to head back towards the bridge (forth exit). Get into the left lane and turn left into Welsby Pde with a brown sign for Bongaree. Follow Welsby Pde for 3.2km, which becomes Toorbul St. At the roundabout, turn right (third exit) into McDonald St, with the brown sign to Buckley’s Hole at the second exit pointing to the right. Go to the end of McDonald St and turn right to reach the picnic area of Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, at picnic area
Pets: Yes, only at the picnic area on leash, not allowed to enter the conservation park