Cyclone Seth Splits Bribie Island, New Channel Permanent

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In 1898, a storm event overtopped a narrow isthmus on Stradbroke Island and split the barrier island into two halves. The combined efforts of waves and tidal flow saw the channel grow and become a permanent bar - the infamous Jumpinpin - while South Stradbroke and North Stradbroke became distinct islands.

Earlier this month, another of south-east Queensland’s barrier islands was split and scientists believe the result will, like Stradbroke, be permanent.

On the 2nd January, with swell from Tropical Cyclone Seth battering the ocean side, and an associated deluge raising water levels in Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island was split, with waves breaking through a narrow spit at the northern end.

Aerial photographs show the extent of the breach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Northern Bribie Island has a long history of shifting sands. In the early 1970’s the entrance to Pumicestone Passage was well south of its present location at Caloundra and just north of the new entrance position (see image below).

More recently, waves overtopped and eroded the island in December 2020, however it wasn’t enough for a channel to form.

On January 4th, the Principal Scientist from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science (DES) visited the site, observing the newly formed tidal channel. The formation of said channel leads the DES to believe that this will become the new northern entrance to Pumicestone Passage and that Caloundra Bar will slowly fill with sand.

Surfers will greet the news with mixed emotions as, though fickle, Caloundra Bar offers respite from northerly winds. No longer will the banks there be groomed by tidal flow. Conversely, the new channel, though more exposed to wind, is showing promise with a left and right on each side.

Locals will soon get a look at those waves, as starting tomorrow a fresh round of easterly swell from TC Cody will hit the coast, and like the last swell it will be a sustained event lasting till this time next week. The DES said it’s “not possible to speculate on whether any further washovers or breakthroughs will occur in nearby sections of the island”.

As the new channel is a naturally occurring event there are no planned remedial actions.

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the-flying-dog Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 7:26pm

Suspect shadow swimming through the left hander in the first photo when zoomed in?

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tip-top1 Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 8:43pm

the people from clowntown aren't the real locals

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Rubble Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 9:05pm

No locals in a national park, just lots of sharks

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tango Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 10:11pm

That'll be interesting to watch and see whether the longshore sediment cycle fills the breach in. Many variables! Love to be having a fish there, though....

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stunet Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 9:20am

For a real time assessment of coastal dynamics it'll be great to watch.

Considering the swell to come (and a la nina summer yet to play out), plus the fact a tidal delta has already formed, my money is on this remaining the channel for a while to come.

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Craig Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 10:43am

An excellent one to watch, my feel is that is the new entrance now and it looks like it's already silting and diverting north of the channel and will close to the north as stated by DES.

Dec 2021

Jan 2022

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tango Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 11:55am

Given that they're qualified coastal engineers, that's where my money would be too, but it will still be interesting to see how it pans out eg whether Coriolis influences water flow within the entrance system - my understanding is that it's Coriolis which influences at least the smaller estuarine entrances arising from breaches to meander north across beaches - and whether those estuarine sandbars in proximity to the entrance are stable enough to maintain the resistance. A substantial flow which the current entrance can't handle or erode fast enough to accommodate could bring the northern section back into play. And a whole lot of other factors of which we will no doubt experience over the coming 6 months at least.

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freeride76 Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 10:52am

I'm not sure people are aware of the strength of the tidal flow through Pumicestone passage either.

Lots of tidal flow.

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Craig Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 10:55am

Yeah which has now totally been diverted switching the whole coastal process setup.

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Sprout Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 11:38am

And now it's a paddle across 2 rushing passes, if it's not ruined now. It's RARELY worth it, and usually half the size and quality of most beaches further up (swell loses a lot of energy getting in there) but I've had it as good as pumping TOS before, know your tides, the sand packs like concrete too. The core group over there won't be happy it's in everyone's minds now.

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Peter Reynolds Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 1:37pm

Yep, everybody can fuck right off from my homebreak, if people think its shit and fickle - good, fuck off and never check it and leave it to us.

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tip-top1 Sunday, 16 Jan 2022 at 1:43pm

freeride around 1.5-2 hrs after high yesterday it was ripping out through there ,

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stunet Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 11:04am

Remember this wave at Caloundra Bar (RIP) during Cyclone Victor back in 2016?

 

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tango Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 11:56am

That first bloke was into that if he'd done two more strokes.....

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lostdoggy Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:31pm

I thought second guy in white could’ve stroked in easy but had the most half arsed paddle you could imagine.

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marcus Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022 at 6:53am

Qlders

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goofyfoot Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:01pm

Wonder if that first guy still regrets being such a pussy cat

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Craig Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:07pm

Would haunt you for the rest of your life eh.

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Nick Bone Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 1:18pm

So that’s the river mouth there?

A. Is there more footage to confirm more waves of that quality?
B. Has it come remotely close to that before/again?
C. Anyone crowdfund my time machine?

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:09pm

I lived in the old caravan park for a while up the inlet about a Km from the bar, I was true trailer trash and it was kind of fun good community vibe, the bar was the wave i use to surf whenever it broke even if a foot or two, fickle as all fuck and a real hard wave to surf and work out so shifty and lot of water moving around much harder to surf than Goldie point waves and super rare to get it overhead, but I had some fun ones out there, would be kind of sad to see it go, even if a new wave is created.

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zenagain Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:23pm

Just quietly, Ive had a couple of the best sesh's off the northern tip of Bribie. Hard to get it on but when it all comes together...

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Distracted Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:59pm

In about 1890 the Macleay River used to flow out at Grassy Head but then broke through at South west Rocks near its current alignment in a big flood. The remnant channel near Stuarts Point is the Macleay Arm and it’s gradually silting up.
If the Bribie breakthrough becomes the dominant outlet will be interesting to see if it the existing channel starts to close up.

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stunet Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 1:17pm

Yep, we were talking about this while putting the above article together.

Not quite as dramatic, but in 1999 the mouth of the Maroochy river shifted to the southside of Pincushion Island. I also thought that was the case at the Manning River, that Old Bar was, as its name implies, the old bar, and Harrington the new one.

Turns out Old Bar is still open and the Manning River is the only river in the southern hemisphere to have separate, permanent ocean deltas. The Nile is also a double delta river - store that away for future Trivial Pursuit games.

And though it wasn't natural, the entrance to the Shoalhaven River used to be at Shoalhaven Heads until Alexander Berry had his convicts dig Berry's Canal that connected the Shoalhaven with Crookhaven Rivers, the combined flow heading out at Crookhaven. The canal also created Comerong Island.

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Craig Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 1:40pm

Wow re those last two sentences.

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Distracted Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 1:58pm

Very dynamic locations until the rock walls start appearing… be interesting to see if the navigation channels behind Bribie start getting impacted and there is then a push for training walls or similar.

With Old Bar, just check Google Earth before starting your Trivial Pursuit game, that entrance comes and goes, it broke through most recently in March 2021 floods after being closed for a while and may close up again. There have been various proposals for keeping it open permanently.

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stunet Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 1:57pm

Are you disputing Wikipedia..?

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stunet Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 1:59pm

Also, I think the 'groves behind Bribie are Ramsar listed so that's one further hindrance to getting rockwalls put in.

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jordan.mar Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 4:47pm

In the last big flood the orignial shoalhaven river entrance tore back open properly and is much wider now than it has been in a long time. For a while there quite sure it was actually closed up at that side.

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mike.logan Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 5:01pm

Yeah saw what happened at Maroochy - the beach use to be 150-200m from the caravan park, now right in front, and the park lost about 30-40% of it's area. There were two caravan parks then.

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dazzler Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 9:07pm

I remember when they put the geotext bags along the front to stabilise the river mouth.

Got washed against them paddling in during the July 01 big east swell, was better than being dragged across rocks.

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tango Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 6:55pm

The Shoalhaven has broken through at the Heads many times since the original training of the entrance etc, but it generally only tends to do it as a result of riverine flooding rather than overtopping or wave action. The training of the current entrance also creates a very different hydraulic environment to Pumicestone, so that as soon as the flood flow decreases and the trained entrance dominates, the outflow of water at the Heads isn't sufficient to maintain a separate entrance and longshore transport fill it in. It creates a delta, too, but wave action, currents etc soon dissipate it and bring it back into alignment with the beach.

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Where-is-albo Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 9:04am



(Not my photos. Saved from the local paper at the time)

Shoalhaven heads 2020 flood.
You can see the canal in the maps image.

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stunet Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 9:08am

Great photos those last two.

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thermalben Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 9:09am

Jeez, not much left on the northern side.

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marcus Wednesday, 16 Feb 2022 at 4:31pm

ive used to spend a lot of time there and out to the banks fishing years ago. that bar is sharky.

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surfstarved Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 12:23pm

The Richmond and Evans Rivers might also fit this bill, except that it's a canal that links the two, just south of Woodburn.

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marcus Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022 at 7:13am

Pretty sure mark philappusis had one delta.

Interestingly the hunter river delta used to join up with port Stephen's according to what I've read by geologists

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mitchvg Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 2:01pm

It will be safer for swimmers now so that's good. ​

On balance it looks like the northern end of Pumicestone Passage is a flood delta and the south end is the where it drains out. Judging off the shape and orientation of the sandbars. The tide runs both ways at either end obviously, but I think more so in at the nth and out at the sth.

The relatively small amount of water escaping at Bulcock Beach (compared to the sth) would've caused some erosion and keeps it open, but I actually think that the inside of the island was eroded by the flood tide. Haven't been in there so I don't know if flowed sth fast against the bank in that particular spot but again, looking at the lobes of sand deposited, I'd say it was flowing southwards.

The erosion on the inside of the island (from the flood tide) did the bulk of the work in creating a narrow strip of island, but the run up of the waves was the straw that broke the camel's back. And now the ebbing tide will have to keep the ocean side from closing up. The inside still looks shallow so the new channel might meander or get blocked or whatever. But in the grand scheme of things, islands, points, grow northwards with longshore (sand) drift

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Sprout Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 2:09pm

The lighthouse used to be in the middle of the bush, it's footings have been completely exposed on the sand for ages now, it's lost a lot of seaward land too.

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mitchvg Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 2:32pm

ah yeah is that where you weren't allowed to drive past?

Bribie is unique in that it's like a mini barrier island system within a larger barrier island system. It even looks like there's a channel off Bribie where Moreton Bay can drain out a bit faster than across the sand banks, and might be helping Bribie's foreshore retreat. You get these eddies of cold water from Pumicestone Passage, wrapping around the south end of Bribie too. So when you look at the whole bay it looks like it would erode along Bribie over a long period of time.

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mitchvg Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 2:53pm

oh yeah it must have been copping erosion from both sides

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mitchvg Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 3:25pm

TAPP are off their head. Things change, so what. You can't geoengineer the crap out of the joint because one old chart and one way off angled photo suggests that 'nature' maintained the island width at 300m

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tango Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 6:57pm

Haha...spot on.

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tip-top1 Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 6:39pm

nah thats the stop sign bunker, had some good times camping in that bthing as a grom

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jetson.rover Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 4:06pm

So it's logical it will oficially become north and south bribie island i presume?

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stunet Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 4:12pm

I wondered about naming too, however no-one's come up with anything yet.

'Spose it has to go through the Geographical Names Board

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jetson.rover Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 4:34pm

It'd take a few years i'd imagine to see how nature shapes the area.
Perhaps the northern entrance will fill in like some others commented here,thus negating the north side as physically being an island,and it becomes part of the mainland.
It's just a sliver strip of area anyway compared to south of the new channel so they'd likely rate it irrelevant for naming rights i'm thinking after looking at the complete map of the island.

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tango Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 7:01pm

It would have to become a dedicated permanent fixture, I'd say, and that would be quite some way off.

In Qld it's a slightly different system to the GNB in NSW, I think. Years ago I was asked to help the NSW GNB out with formal naming of some surf breaks....interesting process.

https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/place-names/naming

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Lanky Dean Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 1:32am

Tiger shark alley.

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Lanky Dean Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 1:38am

Seth's passage.
Calling Gary G to the main entrance!

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Andrew P Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 7:47pm

I’m proposing Repulse Island. Repulse is the antonym of bribe according to Google.

Or you could go Gordon Nuttall Island. He loved a bribe

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tubeshooter Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 8:35pm

If it is going to be permanent , I wonder if they'll need to build a 'Wave Break Island' (similar to the Spit G.C) on that sandy patch in front of Golden Beach .?

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Sprout Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 9:21am

https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/01/14/bribie-island-coastal-sc...
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“A key management principle of areas with high conservation and cultural value is to keep the areas as close as possible to its natural state, without human interference,” (Principal coastal scientist Sel Sultmann.)
“As this breakthrough is a naturally occurring event in a dynamic coastal environment at the tip of Bribie Island, there are no planned remedial actions."
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spookypt Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 11:52am

I can see a long line of developers lobbying council to build a new housing estate on the NEW Sth tip of Caloundra now that the land is becoming available. (Pss take) Their pitch will be it'll solve the SC housing crisis but I see it just adding to the dog poo problem. (insert sound bite of grinding axe)

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Lanky Dean Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 1:40pm

White shoe island estates!

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bluediamond Sunday, 16 Jan 2022 at 2:21pm

Yep was thinking the same. Will change the feel of that foreshore area in Caloundra too when most of that water dissappears.

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tip-top1 Friday, 14 Jan 2022 at 6:45pm

there was a big goanna in the old fort bunker , very surly bastard

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Dannon Sunday, 16 Jan 2022 at 8:38am

Thanks for sharing Wingnut.
That was a great read.

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Yippee Sunday, 16 Jan 2022 at 12:33am

Who cares what the learned “scientist(s)” have said after a quick “field” visit post comprehensive computer modelling.
I value the observation of dedicated intelligent locals.
I mean those that have decades of “lived” experience and perhaps longer as passed down.
Sand moves. We (surfers) do too.
So exciting to watch over the weeks, months, swells, seasons, years, and long period changes.
My local, a long RH point you are all familiar with, is changed, big time by a small gap in the rocks, either full, or empty of sand.
As Binky proved many moons ago.

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shraz Thursday, 20 Jan 2022 at 9:53am

'Who cares what the learned “scientist(s)” have said after a quick “field” visit post comprehensive computer modelling. I value the observation of dedicated intelligent locals.
I mean those that have decades of “lived” experience and perhaps longer as passed down.'

- what makes you think the 'learned' scientists aren't local, dedicated or intelligent? or old and experienced? most of them are crusty old greybearded surfers born from crusty old fisho's and beachcombing bra-less granny's who came down outta the forests in the 1800's on logs floating downstream for a feed of fuggin' oysters!

Go and put a new sticker on your boogieboard!

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Sunnysideup Monday, 17 Jan 2022 at 1:57pm

When I was a kid there used to be an annual Xmas carnival on a sandspit that extended out from Happy Valley. Used to be hundreds of meters of dunes. In time mother nature did her work and the channel moved up to where it has been the last 30+ years. The existing breakthrough is nothing new in my opinion - its where the original channel was in the 60s up to my childhood. Will the sandspit and carnies return? Who knows - the Rockwall at Happy Valley may prevent that happening. Either way, I am sure the recent development will be blamed on Global warming and Climate Change and there will be pressure to make some sort of man made engineered solution.....

The link below shows a few more pictures including a photo from the 60s and the "original" channel position.

https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/01/05/bribie-breakthrough/

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spookypt Monday, 17 Jan 2022 at 3:50pm

In the mid 80's when I lived behind Jim Pollards house in Caloundra, Happy Valley extended a long way towards Bribie. Was not only a real beach it had a dirt carpark in the middle of it. From memory it was twice the length of Kings Beach.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 19 Jan 2022 at 2:20am

Salute to Stu & the Crew for the breakthru news..

Bribie Breakthru Timeline reward for the crew...
8 June 1933 > 2 part Breakthru (1st 75 Yards across > 2nd 200 yards across)
Has not affected the Old Channel 100 yards away...
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/84622673?searchTerm=Bribie%20...

1940 Channel was 50 metres from Headland
22nd Feb 1940 > Huge seas pound Bribie Island as far as they could reach?
As they were watching... a Freak Wave picked up the Shark Tower and carried it away.
Mr Goodwin retrieved it a quarter of a mile down the beach. (Logs / Tennis Balls washed up!)
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/187290949?searchTerm=Bribie%2...

30 Jan 1951 Cyclone filled in the Channel + (Page 5 BIB ) 2021 Newsletter
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/212097133?searchTerm=Bribie%2...
https://www.nhwq.org/wp-content/uploads/Golden-Beach-NHW-Newsletter-Mar-...
Feb 1954 Cyclone eroded Bribie foreshore then later in Aug... the complete Northern Spit.
Surfboat was on top of dunes got washed away + Bar was Flooded Wide...Tyres / Coins on beach.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/78944782?searchTerm=Bribie%20...
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/78945655?searchTerm=Bribie%20...
1958 North channel silts > Mid Channel > moving South
1961 Mainland Spit continued 850m Southward...
1962 Channel formed...for small vessels only!
1964 Channel re: Sunnysideup (Thanx)...is more pronounced.

1970 Moreton Map (Great Detail) Shows Both Channels Open > read the Key > 6ft Deep Channel
https://gisservices.information.qld.gov.au/arcgis/rest/directories/histo...
1971 Opening retreats north with mainland spit by 500m or extending Bribie Spit
1970's Cyclones (Floods) widened the Channel
1979 -1982 Mainland Spit retreated a further 300m > to Current North Channel position.
1982-1992 Sand was placed on Mainland Spit butted at Park 160m from Headland.
Proving difficult to maintain...leading to Alt rock Revetment Works
2008 Erosion / Blue Hole Theories (Council)
file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/erosionbribiepassagefs.pdf
2009 Over Wash breakthru (Photo + report) Similar split flow around same knoll.
Strong enough to take out medium trees / shrubs.
file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/BribieIslandtidalbreakthrough%20(1).pdf

2013 Cyclone Oswald Erosion Report
https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1448275/13-064_A.pdf

2015 Breakthru Options (Final Report) 214 pages of Boomer Sea Changes
file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/BribieIslandBreakthroughPlan_Jan2015%20(3).pdf

14th March 2018 Cyclone Linda Big Surf Broke Thru Bribie Island
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQKUe4jHUd2VZpCL46g...
(re: Play 2020 Channel 9 Vid > Coast Guard Commander )
https://www.9news.com.au/national/brisbane-cyclone-warning-queensland-we...

25th Feb 2019 "Video shows Bribie Island at breaking Point" (That's the actual Video Title!)
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/video-shows-bribie-island-a...

14th Dec 2020 Bribie "Top Over / Break Thru" (Epic Video)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-15/queensland-storm-causes-beach-ero...
https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-weather-wild-surf-breaks-ho...
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https://www.nhwq.org/wp-content/uploads/Golden-Beach-NHW-Newsletter-Mar-...
2021 Review + (Note the Main Photo Boaties mooring at erosion site!
https://takeactionpumicestonepassage.com.au/project/project-three/
Qld Govt also saw the getaway attraction ...issuing a warning to keep clear...no anchorage (Too late!)
https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/ckan-publications-attachments-prod/r...
2021 Breakthru inevitable
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-24/bribie-island-channel-split-inevi...

Aerial Photos suggest that Day trippers were drawn to this site over the past few years.
Made easier with the oceanic pathway to Paradise.
1. Perfect visual to a private beach from the channel.
2. Safe all day Mooring within metres from yer Beach.
3. Easy going tracks and yer there in two secs...
4. Private Bar fridge & mod cons only metres away on board. (Too easy!)
5. Photos also show emerging L/R rip bank that may have attracted some crew.
6. Looks like a matching deep oceanside hole ramping erosion from previous breakthrus.
7. Inside anchorage + Engine Starts - wading - tracks - Boyz Toyz - would ramp erosion.

tbb is suggesting that after the many recent "break thrus" the locals did the rest,
Constant foot traffic wore it thin & within no time & vanishing vegetation...t'was all over.

Sorry 'bout them dead links...tbb will leave the file titles...for snoopers...not hard to track!
If you need 'em give us a yell & tbb can post Alt google search links..

Note: Tuesday Night Brisbane 9 News (Update)
Hot Tip! The right Hander Ramps Up into a sweet Lineup on the Outgoing Tide...(Serious)
The bank jacks up with a series of small face power pocket rockets...looks pretty good.
The left is trying hard to smother the Hot Right Bank (Boo!) & knit the the Spit back together!

During this research tbb uncovered a not so secret Bribie wave that has stood the test of time.
Nope, not the shifting Bar > Quite the opposite in fact...Goofs are in for a racy trip.
Just wandering if our Bribie crew are onto it...being Bribie...gotta polish it up quite a bit.
But it is legit & tbb will share a half decent...timeless photo album of this not so secret spot!
Quite a surprise to see so many shots...meaning it could be rated as a reliable Surfbreak.

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Bribie Island "Woorim Left Break" celebrates 100 years
Stormwater Drop off Outlet forges out to sea.
Very similar to Wild chunky bouncy Sunshine Beach Left Bank (Noosa)

swellnet crew salute & dedicate forum to Bribie Island Surf Club 100 years of service...(Thank you!)
https://thesurfclubbribieisland.com.au/

Surf Patrol > 1922 onward > Inside left fires up & is off & running.
https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/92057802f9e1e60275e3656726088c0b

1975 (Massive Left Pipe) Insane Qld Surf Goof Photo with longest wall.
https://queenslandplaces.com.au/exhibit/postcard-folder/pc0235

Back 2 the Future..Huge Clubbie Left Lines wind down the beach.
https://www.facebook.com/Bribie-Island-Surf-Club-129358503747958/photos/...

Outer Left Storm Bank arcs up
https://www.surf-forecast.com/system/images/9554/large/Bribie-Island.jpg...
Outer Left Spikes into the washbowl
https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/6f3406f2da9c8ffc2d65d7003840...
Great rare shot of a windswept reform Left middle break
https://sunrisetoday.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/img_0061.jpg?w=1024
2013 Aerial Frame of a nearby smallish Left Middle break
https://scontent.fbne6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.18169-9/c40.0.560.292a/s526x...

Healthy Outer Bank runner cuts clear thru the middle break and still winding up a long face
https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/bribie-island-woorim-ran-station-ruins-w...

Unleash the Beast...outta my way you measly humans...you might wanna move that...
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1544967198885727
Beast 2 ...too wild for takers
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1433413680041080
Beast 3 ...is just plain weird
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1433473930035055
Son of Beast bumps another human weakling...too bad-so sad!
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1231407540241696

Should've been here the day before yesterday...you bastards! Got to be kidding me!
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1497160153666432

Sweet Peaks hit the Middle Break sweet Spot
https://scontent.fbne6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p526x296/82490784_291...
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1527851700597277
https://www.facebook.com/Bribie-Island-Surf-Club-129358503747958/photos/...

Middle break Vert Slab is brewing into a an evil little Bowl of goodness.
https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/bribie-island-woorim-beach-ocean-run-out...
https://www.facebook.com/129358503747958/photos/a.591206877563116/503276...

*Bribie Perfection (Holy Grail ) Seabird & Grom signal > Just choose either / either & keep drooling!
https://scontent.fbne6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/71176302_237827574555...
Wanna see that again....OMG...picture perfect...isn't it!
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1628358900546556

Needs a Perfect lineup...yep! Agree!
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1463694890346292
Wanna see that again...
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1443520815697033
Wot! Again! Can do this all day...
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1418956978153417
How about the Mini me micro version
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/458350287547429

Reform section into shorie...travels nicely
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1466528936729554
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1466528893396225
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1466528913396223
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/4273617359354017
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1408753939173721
https://www.facebook.com/Bribie-Island-Surf-Club-129358503747958/photos/...

Lazy inside left sections are a bit of fun.
https://brisbanemumsgroup.com.au/images/img-8253_2.JPG
Mushy inside Left looks workable & inviting
https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/cf072fd5a1964c67410918212b16806e

Extra long face sweeping inside left runners...hooks a passenger.
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/2636329933082776
https://www.weekendnotes.com/im/007/06/woorim-beach-bribie-island-brisba...
https://www.surf-forecast.com/system/images/8932/large/Bribie-Island.jpg...
Grom basher hooks an Inside Left Runner
https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/576f810b5016e1ce8e4589e5/1...

Dawn Patrol wakes up a pair of clean faced Lefts ...' give us a minute!
https://www.weekendnotes.com/im/001/07/woorim-surf-beach-woorim-bribie-i...
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/2701747646541004

2009 (Rad Vid of some good Lefts) Thanx guys...great Homemade Surf Vid.
Perfectly shows the Longer left runners (vs) Screw back Right handers

Freak Waves Bribie Bridge (Cyclone Oma)
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/videos/coach-kurt-going-...
Pitch Perfect Wild Wobbly Wonky Left...hell yeah...give it a bash!
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/videos/bribie-turning-on...

Bonus perfect reverse screw back peaks for Bribie Naturals
https://scontent.fbne6-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p180x540/90087152_272...
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/1460286124020502

Perfect chunky middle section A frame
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/2718865374829231

Santa grab rail...
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/photos/2553722071343563
https://www.facebook.com/Bribie-Island-Surf-Club-129358503747958/photos/...

Crew salute Bribie Island Surf School...massive thanx for Sweet Surf Pix (Drool!)
https://www.facebook.com/BribieIslandSurfSchool/?ref=page_internal

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mitchvg Monday, 24 Jan 2022 at 11:50am

TBB for WOTD guest selector

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Sprout Wednesday, 2 Feb 2022 at 9:29am

Widening 'gap' in Bribie Island sparks flooding concerns as Coast braces for more wild weather.
https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/02/02/golden-beach-flooding/

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stunet Wednesday, 9 Feb 2022 at 3:43pm

The Bribie split is changing tides within Pumicestone Passage, "by about 400mm to 500mm."

Amazing first photo in the article. The split is a major opening now.

https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/02/07/bribie-split-affects-tides/?fbclid=IwAR08OirDKUyLaKA8FLRiaafUTX4Gnc8kEeACiApi5W5nnsC4-KYXTWvEoNw

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thermalben Wednesday, 9 Feb 2022 at 4:10pm

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Where-is-albo Wednesday, 16 Feb 2022 at 3:08pm

Great time lapse. Amazing how fast the original northern channel is closing. It will form a tombolo and tied island soon enough.

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Sprout Wednesday, 23 Mar 2022 at 9:48am

https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/03/23/bribie-island-bar/
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It’s official, the Sunshine Coast has a brand-new coastal crossing – and another island!
After mapping dramatic changes to the northern part of Bribie Island, the State Government has gazetted the impressive breach that has become a dominant feature opposite Golden Beach.
This means the new entrance will now be known as the Bribie Island Bar and included in updated charts used by South-East Queensland mariners.
The revised charts also will show two islands in the area: Bribie Island (North) and Bribie Island (South).
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Plasticspastic Wednesday, 23 Mar 2022 at 9:56am

ok so has anyone surfed it yet? interested to see if, in it's formation stage, this new bar had potential. hopefully when it stabilizes it will....

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Sprout Wednesday, 23 Mar 2022 at 10:26am

Nah it's all over the shop. Might end up not enough gradient too. It's about as fickle a spot as you get even before the new hole. Won't be holding my breath for some new TOS.

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SingleFin95 Wednesday, 23 Mar 2022 at 1:00pm

Crossed the bar this morning.

When I came back one bloke was mucking about on a SUP at the northern edge.

Looks like there could be a good left there in the right conditions,