Moreton Island Lighthouse

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area

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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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.

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.

Cherubs Cave Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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A small concrete cherub once marked the main entrance to this hidden cave off Moreton Island. While the guardian has since disappeared, this underwater world remains to be discovered by the adventurous diver.

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.

Gotham City Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Gotham City, north of Brisbane’s Moreton Island, is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Queensland. Featuring a giant granite rock 15 metres tall, 40 metres long and 25 metres wide, with sheer cliffs off all edges, many divers compare the sight to a small version of the famous Uluru (or Ayers Rock).

Roberts Shoal Dive Site

Moreton Island,
Roberts Shoal is located off the eastern side of Moreton Island and is another Brisbane dive site that is often overlooked. This rocky reef can only be dived when conditions are calm, with winter generally the best time to experience this brilliant dive site.

Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Moreton Island National Park offers a playground of beaches, dunes, coastal heath, woodlands and shallow freshwater lagoons. Add a rocky outcrop and the historic Cape Moreton lighthouse and you have a recipe for discovery and relaxation.

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.

China Wall Dive Site

Moreton Island,
Located on the exposed eastern side of Brisbane’s Moreton Island, China Wall is an unusual dive site for the area as the reef is dominated by kelp rather than coral. Waving beds of brown kelp are more common in southern Australia and these ones look very out of place with tropical fish swimming around them.

Marietta Dal Shipwreck Dive Site

Moreton Island,
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.
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