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Bribie Island Hotel Has Reopened with a Big Fairy Light-Lit Beer Garden After a $2.2 Million Revamp

The refurbed hotel also features a new-look bistro serving up pub classics, and can seat 400 people across its indoor and outdoor spaces.
By Sarah Ward
January 12, 2022
By Sarah Ward
January 12, 2022

It's the island that Brisbanites can drive to — and anyone who grew up in this town of ours has more than a few childhood memories to prove it. We're talking about Bribie Island, of course; however, a trip over the bridge isn't just about taking a swim in Pumicestone Passage. If you'd rather enjoy a few drinks and a meal in a sprawling beer garden, that's now on the menu at Bribie Island Hotel.

The waterside pub has just been given a huge makeover, with Australian Venue Co spending $2.2 million to revamp the venue. Relaunching just before Christmas — just in time for summer trips, handily — Bribie Island Hotel is now home to a hefty outdoor space decked out with grass, white picnic tables and shady umbrellas, as well as a a new-look bistro that's serving up pub classics. So, you can grab a beer, tuck into a chicken schnitzel, play lawn games, sit under a brolly and make the most of island life.

Also big: the hotel's new capacity, which can cater to 400 people both indoors and outside. If you opt for the latter, you'll also be sitting under fairy lights — so planning an evening visit is recommended.

While Executive Chef Dylan Kemp has filled the new menu with trusty favourites such as bruschetta, salt and pepper calamari, steaks, fish and chips, woodfired pizzas, spaghetti bolognese, caesar salad and lasagne, patrons will also find bacon and cheese garlic bread, duck shanks with peking sauce, pork scotch with chorizo butter beans and baked cauliflower salad on offer.

Dessert-wise, warm chocolate brownies with honeycomb and fudge sauce sit alongside the old fave that is sticky date pudding (served here with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream), plus doughnut fries that come covered in cinnamon sugar, honey and crushed pistachios.

Bribie Island Hotel is also hosting regular events, so you can make the trip to listen to live tunes on Fridays and Saturdays, and to play musical bingo and themed trivia.

The venue is the latest Brissie spot to get a makeover by AVC, after The Crown Hotel in Lutwyche also relaunched in 2021 following its own sizeable revamp.

Find Bribie Island Hotel at 29 Sylvan Beach Esplanade, Bellara, open daily from 10am–3am. For further information, head to the hotel's website.

Published on January 12, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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