A great place to enjoy a holiday
Moreton island is 98% National Park and the world’s third largest sand island. It is roughly 38km long and 7km wide covering almost 20000 hectares in area. The sheer beauty of Moreton Island with its untouched beaches never ceases to amaze people, particularly when they realize it is only 1.5 hours away by boat from Brisbane.
There is plenty of different natural habitats to explore; from mangrove swamps, large white sand dunes, long stretches of beach, inland lakes, dense scrub and open woodlands, abundant wildflowers and rocky outcrops.
There is something to keep everyone happy.
- 4WD adventure – the island has over 200kms of unsealed roads for four wheel drive enthusiasts. High clearance vehicles are essential for getting around the island and carrying recovery gear is recommended.
- Fishing – take your choice of spots to fish off the beach or get out on the water to see what you can catch.
- Bushwalking – There are a number of different walking tracks to try which range in difficulty, such as Mt Tempest and Old telegraph track (8km), Rous Battery walking track (9.8km), Tangalooma-Desert loop (4km) and a number of other short walks to lookouts around the island.
- Snorkelling and diving – There is abundant array of fish and coral to see. Sites include; Tangalooma wrecks, Curtin artificial reef off Cowan Cowan, Henderson Rock, Smith Rock, the Marietta Dal wreck and Flinders reef.
- Cape Moreton Light house – located on the most north easterly point.
It is Queensland oldest lighthouse (built in 1857) and a great place to watch the annual humpback whale migration (mid June to October). It offers fantastic views and well worth a visit with a picnic lunch. The Moreton Island information centre is also located at the light house which gives visitors an insight to fauna and flora on the island.
- Mt Tempest – is the southern hemispheres tallest vegetated sand dune (280m above sea level) and offers panoramic views out over the island.
- Rous Battery ruins – explore the ruins of the battery which was built during World War II
- Blue Lagoon – this is a fresh water lake that is perfect for a lovely cool swim. The water is a mixture of fresh water and tea tree oil.
- Honeyeater lake – A short 40m walk off the Bulwer Road take you to the wooden platform that looks over the lake. There is an abundant amount of honeyeater birds around the lake.
- Champaign pools – Sit in the pools formed by the rocky outcrop and wait for the waves to crash over the top of the rocks creating a flow of bubbly sea water that flows down into the pools. Located at North Point this is a favourite spot for visitor to cool off
- Honeymoon bay – This beach is a lovely little private spot located at North Point. The beach is surrounded by rocky hills and is a lovely place for a picnic and swim.
- Five hills lookout – Located on North point road the lookout is a 500m walk up to the best vantage point at the top end. Take in the views over the northern end of the island.
- Mirapool Lagoon – Located to the southern end of the island the sheltered saltwater lagoon is host to thousands of migratory wading birds in summer. Many of them come from Siberia, Alaska and Mongolia.
- The Desert – The best place to go sand toboggining or just wander through the sand dunes.