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Moreton Island Queensland

The gem of South East Queensland. An undisturbed nature-filled paradise with sandy ground and clear seawaters under the blue sky.


At a Glance

Moreton Island is one of the largest sand islands in the world. Befitting its status as a sand island, there are no roads on the island, making 4WD vehicles the only viable mean of transportation to explore the island’s more inland locations. This is by no means a bane as a 4WD adventure is very exciting and fun! Its sandy terrain also allows for activities such as quad biking!

From the shore to inland areas, Moreton Bay has many means of entertainment, from basking under the sun, to paddling on its crystal clear lakes, to walking around the lush green forests. Isolated from city lights, the night sky on Moreton Island is magnificent and magical, you can see thousands of stars on the sky and reflected on the sea like diamonds. If you are lucky, you might even see shooting stars.


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Where is Moreton Island?

 

Moreton Bay is 40 kilometres northeast of Brisbane.

Moreton Island is just off the coast of southeastern Queensland and only 25km off Brisbane’s shoe. It is the third largest sand island in the world with crystal-clear lakes and lagoons existing among tall sand dunes, abundant wildflowers and pristine beaches. Moreton Island is 40 km offshore from Brisbane. The island can be reached by ferry, barge or boat.


 

Things to see in Moreton Island

 

Cape Moreton Lighthouse

Located on the northern end of Moreton Island, right near to the North Point is the iconic Cape Moreton Lighthouse. The structure and its surroundings provide a great view of the region. During whale season, many people would perch themselves near the lighthouse for great views of the breaching Humpback whales. The lighthouse also boasts rich history, dating back to the 1800s.

Cape Moreton Lighthouse

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland

 

Champagne Pool

The Champagne Pool is a great place to relax at the North Eastern tip of Moreton Island. The pool is formed by a band of volcanic rock and sandstones that makes up a break wall from the surf. On the beach side of this rock band lie crystal clear water pools with waves that cascade over the rocks to form what is aptly named The Champagne Pools. These pools also offer great photo and viewing opportunities.

Champagne Pool

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland/Darren Jew

 

Cape Moreton Conservation Park

Moreton Island features crystal clear creeks, lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands, abundant wildflowers, tall sand dunes, an historic lighthouse, ruins of coastal forts and miles of sandy beaches. There are numerous evidence of Indigenous cultural heritage that includes shell middens formed throughout thousands of years of Aboriginal occupation. The Park also reminds us of Australia’s involvement in World War II as ruins of coastal defence bases are still present.

Cape Moreton Conservation Park

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Tangalooma Wrecks

Located just north of the Tangalooma Island Resort are the Tangalooma Wrecks, a cluster of ships scuttled by the Queensland Government between 1963 and 1984 to provide safe anchorage spot for recreational boat owners on the eastern side of Moreton Bay. Coral is now starting to form in and around the wrecks, providing a haven for over 100 species of fish and sometimes even dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs. You can swim and snorkelling around this area to explore these amazing sights.

Tangalooma Wrecks

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What's the weather like?

 

Moreton Island has a subtropical climate, known for having hot summers and mild winters. Rainfall and storms are more common during the summer than the winter and sunshine is present throughout the year. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 29°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 20°C with an average minimum of 12°C.

 

Get to know Moreton Island's history

 

Moreton Island lies on the eastern side of Moreton Bay. Moreton Bay was originally named by James Cook as ‘Morton’s Bay’, a subsequent spelling error in Cook’s account has culminated in the current name. It was an often used shipping route in the area and was settled in 1825. Accounts of conflicts between indigenous people and European settlers exists in its early days. The population in the area grew as immigrant ships from England and Scotland arrived in the area. Moreton Bay became a shipping channel for the timber industry.

Today, most of Moreton Island is declared a national reserve and it became popular destination for tourists as a whale watching hotspot.