VMR Bribie Island

VMR Bribie Island Inc is a volunteer organisation dedicated to:

  • promoting, fostering and supporting boating safety amongst members, and the boating public generally, by arranging training and education programs
  • providing a rescue service, a rescue base and such equipment deemed necessary for the operation of the rescue service and the Association generally.


The Unit was born out of the Bribie Island Boating and Fishing Club, which in 1970 assumed responsibility for assisting mariners in distress. It became Bribie Island Air Sea Rescue in 1982 and changed its name to VMR Bribie Island Inc in March 1997.


VMR Bribie Island is an independent organisation dedicated to the local community. It is affiliated with VMR Queensland and the State Emergency Service, takes direction from the Queensland Police Service (Water Police) and receives subsidies from The Queensland Government, Moreton Bay Regional Council and other bodies. The bulk of operating funds, however, are raised by members with the generous support of the local community.

Operational Information

VMR Bribie rescue vessels are on the water every weekend and on all public holidays from 0800 to 1700 hours. All other hours are covered by rostered crews to ensure a full 24 hour/ 7 day service.

The area of operations cover some 500 square miles (including Pumicestone Passage), commencing 2NM south of the Caloundra Bar, East 10NM off Moreton Island and North of a line East/West of Tangalooma in Moreton Bay.

The radio room operates all year round seven days a week from 0600 to 1800 hours during summer and 0600 to 1700 hours during winter months on 27MHZ Channels 86,88,90 and on VHF Channels 16,21,67,73,81 

Contact Details
Call Sign  VMR 445
Phone 07 3408 7596
Fax 07 3408 6466
After Hours Emergency  0417 610 806
Location Marine Parade (Off Sylvan Beach Esp.), Bellara
Postal Address PO Box 85, Bribie Island Qld 4507
E Mail bribieisl@marinerescueqld.org.au
Radio Frequencies
VHF  16, 21, 63, 67, 73, 81
MF / HF  
URL http://www.vmrbribie.com/