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Moreton Island

No island in Moreton Bay says 'fun' more than Moreton.

Located in the northern part of the bay, you only need to take a short boat trip from Scarborough or Manly to discover the island's long list of bragging rights.

As one of the world's largest sand islands, adrenaline seekers flock to Moreton for the unique experience of sand tobogganing down the world's tallest stabilised sand dune, Mt Tempest. Guided tours are available along with all the equipment you'll need for a headfirst, high-speed trip down the dune. Tangalooma Island Resort also offers quad-biking tours around the island - their fleet of bikes is one of the largest in the country.

With mysterious shipwrecks and colourful coral reefs, the famous Tangalooma Wrecks provide some of the best diving and snorkelling on the east coast of Australia. The island's idyllic waters are primed for all manner of aquatic pursuits including swimming and surfing, which also happen to be world class on Moreton Island.

Moreton is almost entirely National Park, making it an excellent destination for nature lovers. Tangalooma Island Resort is renowned as one of only a handful of places on the planet where you can hand feed dolphins in the wild. Towards the northern end of the island, the freshwater Blue Lagoon is home to a host of birdlife and wildflowers during spring. The area is perfect for bird watching and bushwalking, with several walking tracks established on the island.

And let's not forget the oldest lighthouse in Queensland, which was first lit on February 14, 1857 and is still standing strong at Cape Moreton. All this is packed onto an island paradise located right on Brisbane's doorstep.

Moreton Island
Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Naree Budjong Djara National Park

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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On Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), the largest of Moreton Bay's islands, Naree Budjong Djara National Park features sand dunes, one of the world's most ecologically important wetlands, endangered heathlands and freshwater lakes. Naree Bunjong Djara means 'My Mother Earth' to the island's Traditional Owners - the Quandamooka People. Blue Lake section protects Karboora (Blue Lake) an area of particular cultural significance. Walk the 5.2 kilometre (return) track to the lake through wallum woodlands, flowering heath and stunted eucalypts. Take your camera and binoculars to capture and zoom in on glimpses of wildlife, but please respect the Quandamooka people by not swimming in the lake. In spring enjoy the wildflowers. Walk to Neembeeba lookout (6 kilometre return) for views over the southern part of the island, the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast. North Stradbroke Island is reached by ferry from Brisbane.

Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands. It is popular with families because it is easily accessible with a carpark situated only metres from the beach.The waves at Cylinder are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sun bathing and swimming during good weather conditions. However during strong southerly winds there is a side sweep which may carry you parallel to the beach. Cylinder Beach is also a favourite with surfers when the conditions are right. Lifeguards and lifesavers patrol this beach.

Flat Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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Flat Rock is one of the most exciting dive sites off Brisbane. Surrounding this rocky island are beautiful coral reefs. Encounter turtles, leopard sharks, eagle rays, reef fish, pelagic fish and even the odd manta ray. It is most famous for its grey nurse shark population, which gather at a site called "Shark Alley" each Winter.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
This rocky reef off North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane is ranked in the top 10 dive sites in Australia, and attracts marine life like a magnet (especially over the warmer months). Manta Rays are the main attraction, with groups of three or four regularly spotted swimming together. Also common are leopard sharks, shovelnose rays, wobbegong sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, pelagic fish and turtles.

Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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Main Beach offers 32 kilometres of unspoilt sand, dunes and surf. It is popular with boardriders and bodysurfers who enjoy big swells. The waves are large and powerful and the views are spectacular. The headland is the best vantage point for watching the surfing action and spotting dolphins. Main Beach is best during northerly winds, when snorkelling and scuba diving are ideal along the north wall.

Shag Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Shag Rock is located off Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island and is one of those all-weather sites that is very under-appreciated at times. Surrounding Shag Rock are rocky reefs and coral gardens in depths from 6 to 20 metres. Reef fish and invertebrate species are very common, including nudibranchs, moray eels, crayfish and cuttlefish. But Shag Rock is also home to turtles, wobbegong sharks, brown-banded catsharks, stingrays, stingarees, shovelnose rays and often visited by pelagic fish. Take care where you settle on the sand at Shag Rock as a large population of electric rays live here that are hard to see as they are hidden under the sand. Over summer Shag Rock is also visited by leopard sharks and even the occasional manta ray.

Flat Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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Just a couple of kilometres north of Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island, Flat Rock is well-known by locals as the most exciting dive site in the area. The natural rocky island is surrounded by vibrant coral reefs that are home to turtles, leopard sharks, eagle rays, reef fish, pelagic fish and even the odd manta ray. With depths of up to 35 metres, it's an area reserved for those with Advanced Open Water Diving qualifications. Be sure to visit during winter, when you can meet the gentle giants, the grey nurse sharks, as they gather at the spectacular Shark Alley.

Manta Bommie Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Manta Bommie is a rocky reef off Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island, and is ranked in Australia's top 10 dive sites. Manta Bommie attracts marine life like a magnet, especially over the warmer months - with manta rays, as the Bommie's namesake, the main attraction. Divers often encounter groups of three or four of these giant rays swimming together. Leopard sharks, shovelnose rays, wobbegong sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, pelagic fish and turtles are also common visitors, giving this fully immersive aquarium something new and exciting to offer with every visit.

Dunwich

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Vehicular barges and passenger ferries arrive and depart from Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island. Dunwich is a small relaxed and friendly township, rich in history and culture. Take a heritage trail and visit the many significant sites signposted for visitors. Visit the old leper colony station and asylum, or Straddie's former military sites, or take it all in at the museum which charts the island's history from the Aboriginal times through to its shipwrecks and its sand-mining period. Just a short drive out of town you will find Brown Lake, a hidden treasure and a favourite swimming and picnic spot for locals who attest to the nourishing effects of the native tea trees which give the water its tinge.

South Stradbroke Island

South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast Area
Step aside Gilligan. Should you ever find yourself stranded on South Stradbroke Island or 'South Straddie' as the locals like to call her, then you can count your lucky stars. For you are visiting a Gold Coast destination as pretty as Ginger and as down-to-earth as Mary Ann. Not that you are too far away from civilisation on this sand island near Southport which is only 200 metres from the northern end of the Spit. This makes it a great day trip for those who travel by private boat, charter boat, ferry or water taxi from several departure points along the Gold Coast. There's three council campsites on the island, as well as a café, for those who wish to extend their stay. And who wouldn't? South Straddie offers superb surfing, swimming and bushwalking. There's loads of native wildlife among this 1,800-hectare conservation park which is ideal for hiking, rock climbing and ocean fishing. Becoming stranded never looked so good.
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