Moreton Island Lighthouse

Moreton Island,

Moreton Island Lighthouse was the first lighthouse built in Queensland. The tower is built on a rare rocky promontory on a sand island and is constructed of sandstone quarried on Moreton Island.

The lighthouse was built to cope with increased shipping movements along the northern coast and for a long time was the only light on the entire east coast of Australia. The large number of wrecks scattered around the entrance to Moreton Bay, near the island, attest to the need for the light.

The original light source oil wick which was converted to pressurised acetylene gas in1930 then to 240 volt electricity in 1937 and finally to solar power in 1993.

The lighthouse is on the northern point of Moreton Island. On the west side of the island is Tangalooma, which was also once home to Queensland's first and only whaling station from 1952 to 1962. It now functions as a small and popular resort.

Situated near the lighthouse is the Moreton Island National park information centre, which has a great source on information on the island's history.

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Smith Rock Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Smith Rock is one of the most notorious reefs off Brisbane, as this jagged rocky outcrop has claimed three ships over the years. Located off the eastern side of Moreton Island, Smith Rock is also a wonderful dive site, but is often overlooked as it is a tricky site to anchor on.

Henderson Rock Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Henderson Rock, on the eastern side of Moreton Island, is one of Brisbane's better and less frequented dive sites. With lots of deep ledges, overhangs and caves hiding behind kelp, these mysterious rocks have many secrets to be discovered.

Flinders Reef Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Moreton Bay Marine Park is home to Brisbane’s only true coral reef and fully protected marine sanctuary, Flinders Reef. Scuba dive among an amazing array of marine life and coral, perfect for any diver.

Marietta Dal Shipwreck Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
The Marietta Dal was a 7500 tonne liberty ship built in the USA in 1944 and is one of the most interesting shipwrecks off Brisbane. On May 15 1950, the 140 metre long ship was carrying a cargo of sulphur, oil, tractors and other general cargo when it ran aground on Smith Rock.

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Situated on the western side of Moreton Island, the Tangalooma Wrecks comprises 17 vessels deliberately sunk to not only form a breakwall for small boats, but also to create a unique and exciting wreck dive and snorkel site.

Moreton Bay Marine Park

Brisbane Area
Explore the aquatic playground and marine sanctuary that is Moreton Bay and Islands, encompassing 125 kilometres of stunning blue waters from Bribie Island in the North to the Southern Bay Islands of the Redlands.

Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton Island lies a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Discover crystal-clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands, stunning wildflowers and miles of sandy beaches at Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area.

Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program.

The Pines Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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One of the more unusual dive sites off Brisbane, The Pines is a coffee rock reef, or in other words a dirt boulder reef. Now a dirt boulder reef might not sound very exciting but cut with ledges and caves these dirt boulders are home to a surprising amount of marine life.

Curtin Artificial Reef Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Curtin Artificial Reef is a popular dive site in Moreton Bay and is easily accessible from Brisbane. Since 1968, the Underwater Research Group of Queensland has been sinking large vessels, cars, tires and pontoons at this site to create a haven for the local tropical fish, gropers, trevally, abundant wobbegongs, rays and other schooling fish.
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