The Cape Moreton Lighthouse is the only part of the island which is not sand. It offers spectacular views of the Island and is well worth your effort to see. It is also the oldest operating lighthouse in Queensland.
The lighthouse was built in 1857 as navigating around Moreton Bay and the Island can be extremely dangerous for boats, hence the many wrecks found on Moreton Island.
Blue lagoon is a dazzling picturesque spot to enjoy on a hot summer’s day, take a cool a dip in the freshwater crystal clear waters of the lagoon surrounded by the white sandy pristine beach. This really is a MUST DO place to visit if staying at Moreton Island.
Blue Lagoon was formed through the natural catchments of rainwater over thousands of years when the water table meets the ground surface.
You also have the added bonus of having the ocean just a few minutes away if one feels later to get salty!
WHALE WATCHING TOURS. (june - october)
Whale watching is a very popular activity to do if visiting Moreton Island as sightings can often be seen including frequent sightings of rare Dugongs and occasionally, loggerheads and green turtles .
Depart Brisbane daily during season.
7:30am & 10am
Adult $70 Child* $40
Cruise and commentary en route to Moreton Island
Over 8 hours allowed at the Resort
You can also do a whale watching tour which includes the feeding of the dolphins.
For more information www.seemoretonisland.com
The boat is specially designed for whale watching and features 3 large decks.
Camping is allowed on Moreton Island but you do need a permit. There are numerous sites available for camping and some are gorgeous places like the Blue Lagoon Camping Site which is located about 7km from Cape Cliff. It makes the perfect campsite as you have the freshwater lagoon to swim in and the beach directly behind you. There are toilets, drinking water and showers available but NO SHOPS.
The Wrecks Camping Ground is also fantastic located just near The Wrecks on the western side of the island. There are showers, toilets, drinking water, and a BBQ for cooking. The Ben ewa camping site is located close by and provides the same sort of facilities.
The Eagers Creek camping site is located in the eastern side of the island and provides facilities. Its approx 1km north of Middle Road exit.( Toilets, drinking water, showers. ) NO SHOPS.
The Comboyuro camping is positioned behind the dunes, just near the town of Bulwar on the western side of the island. Drinking water, showers and toilets are provided. This campsite is handy if you need to buy any essentials as a garage and shop are available for any provisions.
A permit is required to camp on Moreton Island. For campsite bookings and vehicle service permits TEL : 13 13 04.
Moreton Island is well known for excellent fishing especially from the beach and also at Cape Moreton and North Point.
Various fish species can be caught around these areas including Bream, Flathead, Reef Fish, Tailor and numerous other fish. Moreton Island is really a fisherman's paradise.
Fishing rods can be hired at The Tangaloo Reef Resort.
You can see a wonderful diversity of bird life on Moreton Island especially between the months of April to September when various migrating birds visit Moreton Island, migrating birds from the Arctic Tundra, Eastern Siberia and other parts of the world.
Take one of the many walking tracks around Moreton Island and you will hear and see some wonderful bird life. The large sea eagle is very common to spot anywhere around the island and of course the many pelican's which sit proudly on the Moreton Bay Wharf.
The mangroves around the island, foreshores and tidal areas are rich in marine life supporting many resident wading birds.
There are some absolutely wonderful walks to do on Moreton Island and one of the best is actually just along one of the many elongated beaches.
Other walking tracks are
The Desert-Tangalooma scenic walk - 4km loop
Mt Tempest is 1.5km return
Rous Track is 18km return
Telegraph Track is 16km return
Wrecks lookout is 1km return from the Wrecks campground
Five Hills lookout is 1km return from North Point Rd
Moreton Island has a huge diversity of marine life from Cape Moreton lighthouse you can spot dolphins, whales (in season), manta rays, dugongs, turtles and numerous types of fish swimming in the sea. Not to mention the resident bottlenose dolphins that live permanently in Moreton Bay.
Also take a stroll along one of the long isolated beaches and you will spot numerous other fascinating marine life.
Moreton Island is absolutely a perfect place for snorkeling or scuba diving. The Tangalooma wrecks is one of the most famous spots, with endless reef fish species and delightful coral one could literally spend days discovering this rich marine bay.
Snorkeling gear and equipment can be hired from Tangalooma Reef Resort.
This is an extraordinary experience for a family especially for children. The Dolphin feeding has to be pre booked between 1pm-5pm, the feeding starts at 7.00pm.
We found this to be rather touristy, as you had to line up with one small fish in hand whilst someone takes your photo. My suggestion is to take a seat on the pier; you do get a better view of the dolphins especially when they come into shore.
For those who have never seen dolphin’s wild then this is a great exceptional to study these brilliant creatures.
To book your Dolphin feeding experience package, please contact Tangalooma reservations on 07 3637 2000 or 1300 652 250 (within Australia).
Our you can book a day tour with http://www.seemoretonisland.com
Hire a 4WD at the resort and drive around the island. (Fabulous experience) makes sure you see the Blue Lagoon, the wrecks, have a swim, drive along the beach to Kooringal, and have a beer in the local bush pub. (A MUST DO).
Moreton Island is a sand island with no sealed roads. A 4WD is the only suitable vehicle allowed.
All vehicles driving on Moreton Island require a service permit. The permit must be fixed to the windscreen of the vehicle at all times. Camping & Service Permits may be purchased from the Combie Trader Office. TEL NO 13 13 04.
Driving on the sand roads at times can be extremely difficult and you will probably get bogged once while trying to explore the island. However, its usually easy enough to free your car from. Pleas do take in this simple warnings.
Beach conditions change constantly, driving saftely and slowly is the way to go.
Travel close to low tide times, high tides often create huge problems.
Drive only on hard sand NOT soft sand.
Beach travel is not always possible, even at low tide check with resort first on driving conditions.
Keep to existing tracks, do NOT wander off them.
Driving on the dunes is prohibited.
Be careful crossing creeks, some may be deep.
If you hire a 4WD from the resort the car also comes with a radio, if you need any assistance.
This tour takes two days and includes all meals, activities, camping, sleeping bags, guide, and heaps of fun activities.
Costs $ 195.00pp Adult $150pp Child. - all inclusive.
The tour departs Saturday, Monday and Wednesday from Roma Transit Centre Level 3 Gate 36 at 6.45am and returns at 7.00pm.
Day 1. includes ferry ride to Moreton Island - visiting and swimming Blue Lagoon. Lunch. 4WD to the sand dunes for sand tobogganing and a visit to Cape Moreton Lighthouse. Drive along the east coast beaches and much much more.
Day 2. Includes breakfast snorkeling the wrecks looking for dugongs, turtles and reef fish. Body surfing and board-riding at the beach and time alone for walking and exploring Tangalooma Resort.
You can do a one day tour from Brisbane with Sunrover day tours. www.sunrover.com.au.
The tour costs $120.00pp Adult. $90pp Child.
The tour includes pick-up and ferry to Moreton Island arriving on the West Coast. A 4WD then takes you to Blue Lagoon for lunch and a swim. A drive along the beaches and Aboriginal sites and to Cape Moreton Lighthouse.
A drive along the East Coast beaches to the sand dunes for a ride on a toboggan and visiting the shipwrecks of Moreton Island.
The tour departs Brisbane at 6.45 and returns at 6.30pm.
Now, if you are adventurous, daring and love having fun, I highly recommend you experience the sand toboggan tour down one of the massive sand dunes, which can be found scattered around the island. It's an exhilarating and invigorating thrilling few moments and heaps of fun.
These amazing sand hills can be reaching up to 90 metres high. The tallest Mount Tempest is the highest sand hill in the world and is also the largest sand dune on the island. The peak is approx 285m above sea level.
Why is it that there are so many recreational fishermen world-wide?
This picture tells it all - beautiful beach, bonza bait and a lovely bird - what more does a man need?
OK! OK! The beer is in the truck!!