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Our history


  • Moreton Bay Regional Council designates a block of land behind the Orchid House on First Avenue.



  • Bribie Butterfly Volunteers Inc formed to plan the development of the Butterfly House.

  • 22 May a team drives to Grantham to dismantle the framework of an unused tunnel house and transport it back to the new job site on Bribie.

  • The project is funded by generous donations of labour, building materials, skilled trade labour and funds from Bribie and regional residents.


  • Butterfly breeding lab completed.

  • April - official opening and tour of new facility for donors and volunteers.

  • June - donated water tank with submersible pump completes the circulating water system for the water features.

  • Bribie Island Butterfly House opens to the public.


  • May - Council grant received for a new vinyl floor in the breeding lab.

  • June - Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant enables installation of 20 solar panels on the roof to help reduce our power costs.

Early construction work at the Butterfly House
Founders Ray and Delphine

Ray's founding vision

In 2022, our founder and president Ray took a well-earned rest after bringing his vision for the Butterfly House to life over the past 7 years.

Ray first began a small volunteer-operated community Butterfly House in 2014 at his Banksia Beach property after moving to Bribie Island with his wife Delphine.

Volunteers came along to help with hydroponic vegetable growing and butterfly plant nursery.

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