A jewel in the middle of Moreton Bay and 40km off the coast of Brisbane , Moreton Island is a tropical getaway with so much to offer. Spoil yourself in resort luxury or get back to nature with camping, bush walking and snorkelling in lagoons and crystal clear water. The island is magic and a must do for anyone visiting Brisbane .
You can do a day trip by 4WD or boat trip around the island or to really get the true experience, stay a few days and relax. Ferries leave from Brisbane or Redcliffe a few times a day, or tours can be booked where they sort everything out for you. It’s difficult to get around if you don’t have transport so do a tour or hire a 4WD if you will spend some time and want to explore. You will need a permit for your vehicle to enter the island.
There are a few different accommodation options. Camping sites are a plenty so check on the government website of the areas and the one that’s best for you. You’ll need to buy a permit, which can be obtained online, for $5.30 per person per night. Beach cabins start at $120 a night or you can stay at the Tangalooma Resort with rooms starting at $280 a night. If you stay here you can organise any tour of the island from the resort.
You have some great activities to choose from. Take a refreshing dip in the clear Blue Lagoon after you spend the morning sand boarding on the dunes. Walk to the top of Mt Tempest for some incredible views or relax on one of the many beaches. Take a whale watching or fishing trip or an exciting 4WD tour to see the islands. Daily dolphin feeding from the resort is an amazing experience but sometimes you can get a better view from the jetty.
Dive trips or courses can be booked from Brisbane or can be organised from Tangalooma Resort. Snorkel or dive the amazing Tangalooma Wrecks for a great shallow dive full of sea life or make it a drift dive at high tide. Flinders Reef is one of the best dives in the area, head to Smith’s Rock or St Paul for a couple of good wreck dives. The Curtain Artificial Reef is another great find.
Chill out on this lovely island and enjoy the wonders you’ll find around every corner. Surrounded by wildlife and crystal blue water is a great way to spend a few days, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
(By Kelly Luckman)