Local Interview: Recovering Bribie

Natural Attractions

In August 2019, Bribie Island was ravaged by heavy bushfires. Stretching across a large portion of the National Park, a lot of forestry was damaged, destroying the homes and habitats of local wildlife. Now, 2 months later, the island is starting to make a recovery, animals are moving back inland, and nature will soon flourish again.

To find out more about how the fires affected the only sand island connected to the mainland, we spoke to local Jason Brown, owner of Bribie Island's 4WD tour company G'Day Adventure Tours.

Fire on Bribie Island

What incredible video of the Bribie Island fire 🔥 Brendan Harvey was on a jet ski about 150 metres from the shore earlier today and captured this footage. “You could feel the heat from where we were.” 📹: Brendan Harvey

Posted by ABC Brisbane on Thursday, 22 August 2019

Jason, how extensive was the damage to the areas where your tours run?

The damage is quite extensive, stretching from just past the third lagoon (Mermaid Lagoon) along Ocean beach all the way up to the campgrounds and extending through to the wetlands along the northern access track.

For those wondering how long this distance is, from the third lagoon to the camping area is approximately 16km of beachfront. This approximation does not include how far inland the damage stretched.

Have you seen a decrease in the amount of wildlife along Bribie since these fires?

There where a number of animals that were killed due to the fire however we have still been seeing quite a lot of wildlife getting around, I wouldn’t say that there has been a significant decrease.

To the best of your knowledge, do you believe the animals' habitats are recovering?

Yes, I do believe their habitats are starting to recover, we are seeing lots of rapotos around over the last few weeks and the kangaroos are starting to come back into areas that were burnt out, there is also revegetation starting in most of the burnt-out areas.

What about the flora, how is that recovering?

The flora is starting to regenerate especially along the northern access track some of it is looking quite pretty at the moment as it is looking a lot like autumn,

Have you had to adapt your tour route since the fires?

We did have to adapt the tour route for the first few weeks however we are now running as normal again.

What does an average day look like on one of your tours?

Depending on the tour but giving the example of our adventure tour, we would meet at the 4wd beach access track let down the tyres head up the beach stopping at Norfolk Lagoon (second lagoon) jump out have a look around viewing Flora & Fauna. Then we head up to Mermaid Lagoon (third) for a swim or just to take in the views. After this, we would drive up the beach to the WWII forts stopping along the way to view any animals or other points of interest e.g. dolphins, sea eagles, strange jellyfish etc. Once at the forts, we jump out and do a walk around the forts and up the beach giving a history run down along the way. After this we head inland over to our lunch destination (Poverty Creek) usually see kangaroos, wallabies, lace monitors etc have lunch then out to Gallaghers Point to take in views of the Glasshouse Mountains & the soldier crabs, then we return the guests to their original pickup location.

Good to see alot of wildlife still getting around up the beach after the recent fires.

Posted by G'day Adventure Tours on Saturday, 31 August 2019

You shared some photos on the G’Day Adventure Tours Facebook page shortly after the fires of animals moving closer to the shoreline…is this still the case or do you think they’ve moved back into the depths of the National Park?

The animals come and go from the bush to the beach regularly, this has always been the case with Bribie Island. We often see kangaroos and wallabies down on the beach of the afternoon and in the early mornings.

Have or did these fires change anything for the lagoons and Fort Bribie?

Thankfully there was no damage to the Fort Bribie area, the only lagoon that had some effect was fourth (Welsby Lagoon) which was burnt all around the outside edge.

Thanks for your time, Jason.

Bribie Island 4WD Excursions

G’day Adventure Tours is a fully guided tour company that operates throughout SEQ (South East Queensland) Our passion is to show the vast beauty of SEQ, to the countless tourists that flock here each and every year. G’day Adventure Tours provides a fun, friendly and relaxing day out. G’day Adventure Tours main aim is to provide 100% customer satisfaction and a true blue Aussie experience worth remembering! http://bit.ly/G-day MEET JASON One of our tour guide's Jason is a down to earth, fun and friendly, young Aussie bloke. With a breath of local knowledge, he was raised on Bribie Island and has lived here most of his life. Book a tour today: http://bit.ly/G-day Visit Moreton Bay Region Visit Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia

Posted by G'day Adventure Tours on Thursday, 24 January 2019

Don't forget, you can book a beach four-wheel-drive adventure with Jason today! Explore Bribie Island like you never have before, but remember to keep the area clean and do not disrupt any of the natural habitats.

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