Silver Shores Caravan Park
  |  First Published: June 2012

The Silver Shores Caravan Park at Sandstone Point is the perfect getaway for the angler who wants a comfortable, well-maintained park with great access to the sparkling waters of Pumicestone Passage.

The park is minutes from Bribie Island and has two well-maintained public boat ramps just a stone’s throw away. Directly across from the Park’s entrance is the main public ramp at Spinnaker Sound, which is well sheltered and easy to use. Just down the road is the public ramp leading directly into Pumicestone Passage, which allows an easy getaway but it isn’t as protected from the winds.

As an angler, there are small details that catch our eye. While it was easy to notice a couple of small craft on the move from the ramp, a flock of birds obviously working bait was what really attracted me. I could really enjoy a stay at this location!

Just as easy on the eye was the Park’s entrance with attractive palms and a wide, clean, and uncluttered drive way. Office staff were friendly and helpful and will be glad to assist a new comer to a powered or non-powered site that best suits their tent, camper trailer of full-sized caravan. Grassed areas are available, as are nice shady trees.

Features within the well set out caravan park include free gas BBQ facilities with a key available from the camp office, very clean and spacious amenities with full facilities on hand, a laundry and a boat wash down area. For caravan owners there’s an effluent dump point on site as well.

The Bribie Passage Kiosk and Boat Hire is almost opposite Silver Shores Caravan Park boat and this outlet has ample small goods, ice, hot coffee, and drinks on hand. Tackle, bait, plus fuel are also available.

Boat hire rates are very competitive, so if you don’t have a boat don’t stress – hiring one is as easy as walking across the road and arranging the use of one.

With Sandstone Point so close to Bribie Island, it makes sense to check out Bribie for most other requirements. Large retail outlets plus virtually all other facilities are on hand here, however should Bribie Island fail to turn up the required service a thirty minute drive back to Caboolture will save the day.

The Fishing

As mentioned earlier, boat owners will appreciate the great access, however from previous experiences in the area I don’t believe that a boat is necessary for securing a feed of fish. With such a beautiful sandy beach right next to the Park and rich flats within the Passage full of bass yabbies, you can expect the likes of whiting, bream and flathead virtually year round with tailor also on the job during the colder months.

High or low tide should make little difference to the fishing for bream and whiting. These mainstay fish are there for the taking, although if you want to try something different, there is another very tasty and quite prevalent fish to be found roaming the flats and weed beds –the feisty little gar.

For some reason we don’ see a lot written about catching gar but be assured they have their devotees. They are great because they can be easily caught and are so good to eat. Main areas to locate them will be close to weed beds with best catches on a making tide. Shallow water under one and a half metres is best, with berley a necessity for success.

While gar might be a little finicky to fillet, the end results are worth it. Very sweet and pure white fillets on the table are always worth it, so give gar a go while at the Silver Shores.

Getting There

From Brisbane it’s as easy as taking the Bribie Island turnoff from the Bruce Highway heading north and when almost within sight of the bridge across to the island, Kalamakuta Drive will be on the left with signs indicating both the Silver Shores Caravan Park and boat ramps.

The Silver Shores Caravan Park is a great gateway to the Pumicestone Passage and is perfect for any type of angler. The grounds are well maintained and the fishing is exceptional.

Do note that camping places are limited so call on (07) 54975566 or fax (07) 54295678 to ensure you don’t miss out.

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