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.

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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.

Hutchinson Shoal Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Hutchinson Shoal is the largest reef system off Brisbane and also one of the least dived. Located north of Moreton Island, Hutchinson Shoal is washed by strong currents and offers no protection in rough weather.

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.

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.

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.

Roberts Shoal Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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.

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.

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.

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).

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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