Moreton Island

Packed with adventure and natural wonder, Moreton Island is only 40 kilometres off the Brisbane shoreline and can be easily accessed by boat, barge or ferry. 

Traditionally called Moorgumpin, meaning place of sandhills, Moreton Island is only accessible by 4WD but if you’re staying at Tangalooma Island Resort you will step straight off the ferry and onto the resort sand.

Whether you choose to camp under the stars or opt for a resort stay, you will be guaranteed to be greeted with natural wildlife, stunning views and incredible experiences both on and off the shore.

Things to do 

Wrecks on Moreton Island

Just off the shores of the island live the rusting bones of old hulls famously known as the wrecks on Moreton Island. A total of 17 vessels were deliberately sunken between the 60’s and the 80’s and now reside in the turquoise waters of Moreton Bay. The wrecks provide a stunning snorkelling spot for visitors where you can swim alongside over 100 species of fish and the occasional dolphin, wobbegong and dugong.

Land activities

Moreton Island is the third largest sand island in the world so as you can imagine there are some amazing sand dunes to fly down on a toboggan. Whether you’re taking the kids for fun or you want to feel the exhilaration of reaching 40km speeds on a sand toboggan, you can create your own experience based on your preference.   

The best way to see the island is on four wheels so try out a quad biking tour as you navigate through rugged bush tracks and along the sandy beaches of the island. If wind-swept hair isn’t your style, discover the island on a 4WDing tour or you can navigate your own 4WD to explore at your leisure.  

Hand-feed wild dolphins

At dusk two families of wild bottlenose dolphins visit the shore of Tangalooma Island Resort every evening. Venture down to the beach and hand-feed these beautiful creatures in knee deep water as you get to say hi and snap a photo with these friendly locals. 

Here’s how you can spend 48 hours on Moreton Island.

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Castaways Moreton Island

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$125 - 249
Escape the Fake of the city at Castaways Moreton Island. Located in the township of Bulwer, Castaways holiday units have an on-site convenience store, liquor store and restaurant. Castaways offers holiday units perfect for the budget traveller who wants the luxury of a hot shower on this all sand island.

Tangalooma Island Resort

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$159 - 889
Escape to the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, just over an hour from Brisbane by resort passenger ferry. Leave the mainland behind, switch to island-time and get ready for simple pleasures like crystal- clear waters and pristine natural beauty.

Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area camping

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$6.75 - 27.00
Discover crystal-clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands, stunning wildflowers and stunning sandy beaches at Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area. Visit Queensland’s first lighthouse at Cape Moreton, built-in 1857 from island sandstone.

Tangalooma Hilltop Haven

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$325 - 575
Locally owned, Tangalooma Hilltop Haven is Moreton Island's most popular luxury beach holiday house - for good reason! The designer home has access to Tangalooma Island Resort facilities and offers Tangalooma’s best beach views–all the way to Tangalooma Wrecks.
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