Located 65kms north of Brisbane, Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park is a slice of bird watching paradise on the smallest of the islands in the Moreton Bay Region. Bribie Island is the only Moreton Bay Island accessible by car via the iconic Bribie Island Bridge. The park covers an area of 87.7 hectares and contains a freshwater lagoon, woodland, open forest and beach. The park can be accessed from The Boulevarde, where there is a hide that overlooks the lagoon, or via the track that runs from from Tully Street to Red Beach.
Waterfowl flourish in the lagoon with Black Swans breeding annually, rails and crakes, including the tiny Spotless Crake, are regular visitors to the site. Rarities such as Hoary-headed Grebe, Musk Duck, Pink-eared Duck and Lewin’s Rail have popped by in recent years. The sand spit is significant for its roosting waders, gulls and terns, including wintering Lesser Crested Terns, and a Laughing Gull from America spent several weeks here recently. There have been sightings of 23 migratory bird species including, the Mongolian Plover, white wingedtern and greenshank.
190 species of birdlife including a large number of vagrant bird species and resident birds also call Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park home.
According to local myths, a fisherman by the name of Buckley preferred an area of deep-water directly offshore from where the lagoon is now. This area, which was particularly good for fishing, became known as Buckley’s Hole. The name has since come to refer both to the lagoon and the conservation park.
The ever-changing landscape of Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park allows for different species of fish and diverse bait in the waterhole. Coupled with the fact that it is not an overfished area, Buckley’s Hole is a fisherman’s delight.
To really enjoy the serenity of the luscious backdrop, pack your own lunch. There aren’t places to get food in the immediate area. However, Bribie Island is rich with a variety of food outlets to satisfy every taste.
Be safe and enjoy nature’s playground.
Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park is a rare jewel of untouched beauty. Please take all rubbish with you to keep it that way and ensure the safety of all the wildlife that call this place home.
Bribie Island is located approximately 45 minutes drive north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway.
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For other things to see and do on Bribie Island visit here.