The luxury of living in a quaint and picturesque location like Sandstone Point is that there is natural beauty everywhere you look. For those with a love of putting on the sandshoes and exploring the great outdoors, we have a couple of great suggestions for bushwalks of varying levels of difficulty that are all close to home.
Running from Bribie Island Community Arts Centre through the Bribie Island National Park, the Banksia Trail is an easy 1.4km round trip. There are restrooms and picnic tables at the beginning of the walk and along the way, enjoy the abundant natural flora and fauna of the National Park. Park off Sunderland Drive and make a day of it – we also recommend you remember the mozzie spray!
Palm Grove Walk
Another part of the Bribie Island Bicentennial Trail Network is the Palm Grove Walk. A casual 15-minute one-way stroll or a 1.2km round trip on its own, the Palm Grove Walk also joins the Banksia Trail for those looking to explore the whole of the national park. Accessible further down Sunderland Drive, the Palm Grove walk connects you through to Bellara.
The Malaleuca Walk forms the Southernmost part of the Bicentennial Trail. On its own, this trail is 1km and takes around 30 mins round trip. The entire trail is 3.8km return and boasts many colourful birds including eastern yellow robins amongst a forest of Eucalypts.
For those who prefer a little sand in between their toes and enjoy taking in local history, the Fort Walk is a must-see. The walk is located at the northernmost point of the Bribie Island National Park and the 5km track will take about 2 hours round trip. This trail will connect you to the Ocean Beach where you can take a look at World War II war forts. Signage around the remains of gun emplacements and searchlight structures provides more information about their history.
Donnybrook Walk Trails
For those looking for more of a challenge and are willing to hop in the car for a scenic 30 minute car ride, the Donnybrook Walk Trail system is located just north of Sandstone Point. These tracks run around the Ryall Nature Reserve and along the Preston River. There is the family friendly 5km Preston River Walk Trail or the beautiful Lions Sandhills Walk Trail or Lions Forest Trail with breathtaking views of Donnybrook’s many orchards and vineyards.