Moreton Island is the untouched Queensland paradise that is home to beautiful white sandy beaches, freshwater lagoons, rugged cliffs, coloured sands, rampant wildflowers, prolific birdlife and the worlds` largest sand hill…..great for tobogganing. Moreton is steeped in history with it being the site of Queensland`s first and only whaling station, which operated between 1952 and 1962. Moreton Island is the perfect destination for a weekend trip away, 4wd wilderness tours, whale watching, sand tobogganing, surfing, picnics, fishing, snorkeling and dolphin feeding…….the ideal destination to experience the exhilaration of being at one with nature.
Apart from a few rocky headlands, Moreton Island is all sand and approximately 95% of the island is National Park. Mt Tempest, the highest coastal sand hill in the world, is well worth a trek up – all 280m of it. At the northern tip of Moreton Island is the Cape Moreton Lighthouse. Built in 1857, it`s the oldest operating lighthouse in Queensland and is the place to come for an impressive 360-degree view of the island…stunning and a great place to picnic.
Centrally located off the western coast of Moreton Island are the amazing Tangalooma Wrecks, here you will find fifteen vessels have been deliberately sunk to form a breakwall for small boats and have created a wreck dive and snorkel site. The Tangalooma Wrecks provide good diving with depths from 2-10m. Even in this shallow water, the wrecks attract an amazing amount of marine life, including wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish, yellowtail and lots of tropical fish and the occassional dolphin. The Tangalooma Wrecks are the perfect location to fish, swim, relax and enjoy a stunning sunset over Brisbane.
You will find a few settlements around Moreton Island that are only accessible via cross-island sand tracks and the use of a 4wd, make sure you seek local advice about tides and creek crossings before heading off. The township of Bulwer sits near the northwestern tip, Cowan Cowan between Bulwer and Tangalooma, and Kooringal is near the southern tip. There are shops at Kooringal and Bulwer but they’re pricey, so it is recommended that you bring what you can from the mainland.
Moreton Island Accommodation
Moreton Island is a great getaway location for families and couples, just 90 minutes by ferry from Brisbane, Moreton is built for fun and famous for its nightly wild dolphin feeding from the Tangalooma Resort. Adventure and relaxation await at any time of the day so, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy!
From privately owned holiday homes, Tangalooma Villas and Deep Blue apartments you will find suitable accommodation for your holiday needs including accommodation complete with million dollar views over Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains. For a full range of Moreton Island Holiday Accommodation including Tangalooma Villas contact Moreton Island Real Estate.
Looking for a great camping getaway, Moreton Island too offers the ideal location and the friendly owners of Moreton Island Real Estate are more than happy to assist with their local knowledge of this stunning Queensland Paradise.