Moreton Island: Not To Be Missed

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Rolling sand dunes and unbelievable wildlife consume this stunning island that’s surrounded by turquoise waters and mesmerising shipwrecks. Moreton is well known for it’s Tangalooma Shipwrecks, and rightly so as the 15 sunken shipwrecks are one of their most famous attractions.

 

Things to arrange before your trip.

Be sure to purchase a National Park vehicle pass.

You’ll need a 4WD to explore this 170sqkm island.

Keep an eye on the tide times as its best to travel during low tide.

The mosquito’s and sandflies are rampant, pack your repellent.

Purchase a camping permit and book campsites in advance.

Print a map of Moreton Island as reception is hard to come by.

 

Getting there.

The best way to get to Moreton Island is to board the Micat ferry from Brisbane. The ferry operates on a demand based timetable. It’s advised to book early during high season. A 90 minute journey will have you there in no time. the city feels a thousand miles away, but it’s less than 50kms away from the mainland. Moreton Island is accessible by 4WD only. There are no bitumen roads it’s all sand driving. Almost the entire island is a national park. If camping’s not your scene you do have the option of staying at Tangalooma Resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do on Moreton Island:

 

Tangalooma Shipwreck

You can’t visit Moreton Island without spending time exploring the Tangalooma Wrecks. As your departure from the ferry is right next to the wrecks it’s the perfect opportunity to spend the day swimming and snorkelling the wrecks. The 15 ships were deliberately sunk just off the shore in order to create a break wall for smaller boats. The marine life and crystal clear waters make it a perfect spot for snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving. Be wary of the strong currents that do sweep through the wrecks.

 

Explore Bulwer

Be sure to book a campsite at castaways along the north eastern corner of the island. You’ll get the opportunity to check out the Bulwer wrecks located just in front Bulwer township, home to an abundance to tropical fish. Watch the sun along the horizon, the sky fills with orange, pink and red hues.

 

Five Hills Lookout

 Just off Bulwer North Point road you’ll find five hills lookout track. You’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views.

 

Honeymoon Bay

 A true gem amongst the northern end of the north point camping area. A short 700m return walk through bushland you’ll find a stunning white sandy beach sheltered by overlooking green hills. One of our favourite spots on the island.

 

Cape Moreton Lighthouse

A short drive from north point camping area. Queensland’s oldest lighthouse dates back to 1857. It offers the most incredible backdrop. Keep your eyes peeled, you may see turtles, dolphins and even whales.

 

Champagne Pools Moreton Island

By now you’ll welcome a refreshing dip at the salty champagne pools . An irresistible stop along the magnificent coastline. A swell of water cascading over the rock edges. When it comes to the champagne pools, timing is everything. The tide times will make a huge difference between a relaxing salty dip or a overpowering spa.

 

Blue Lagoon Moreton Island

A popular freshwater swimming lagoon. Contrary to it’s name, the Blue Lagoon is a tea tree colour due to it’s natural infused oils within the lake.

 

4WD along Moreton Island

Follow the middle road from east to west and arrive at the south-west side of Moreton Island. However it’s not always possible to reach even in low tide. Enjoy the novelty of driving through soft sand, rough terrain and narrow chasms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandboarding Moreton Island

Expect to feel the burn in your legs as you reach the big and little sandhills, south of Tangalooma. The magnificent peaks stretch the length of the islands southern tip. Wash the sand off with a dip at one of the most secluded, pristine beaches.

 

Visiting Moreton Island can also be done as a day trip.

 

Not a camper? You’ve got plenty of options. If it’s a glamping experience you’re after , castaways in the township of Bulwer offer glamping tents situated metres from the beach. Tangalooma Island Resort also has various options available from holiday apartments to beachfront hotel rooms. Spectacular views from every corner. Find rates and availability below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Hikes Moreton Island.

Rous Battery Track- 9.8km one way (moderate walk)

Blue Lagoon- 500m return (easy)

Telegraph Road- 16km return (difficult)

Honeyeater Lake- 60m return (easy)

Mount Tempest Lookout- 2.5km return (moderate)

Cape Moreton- 1.5km return (moderate)

The Desert- 4km circuit (moderate)

 

Camping on Moreton Island

There’s 11 campsites to choose from on Moreton Island. Each campsite offers a unique experience. A camping permit must be purchased and displayed on your dashboard for each campsite.

 

Fishing on Moreton Island

Cast a lure at the infamous Combieyuro Point along the north eastern corner of Moreton Island. Nothing quite like fishing in the crystal clear waters. We even caught some small fish and that’s saying something!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this guide to Moreton Island and find it helpful while planning your own trip. It truly is an absolute highlight of our trip so far.

Rolling sand dunes and unbelievable wildlife consume this stunning island that’s surrounded by turquoise waters and mesmerising shipwrecks. Moreton is well known for it’s Tangalooma Shipwrecks, and rightly so as the 15 sunken shipwrecks are one of their most famous attractions.
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